Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 22, 2012 8:56AM ET
In what appears to be a progressive move by the French government, the prime minister has released orders for officials to stop using the word "Mademoiselle" on administrative documents.
Feb 22, 2012 6:02AM ET
Four people have been killed many more wounded during the second day of anti-U.S. protests in Afghanistan, though no one seems to know (or will admit) who fired bullets into the angry crowds.
Feb 22, 2012 5:11AM ET
Two Western journalists — one French and one American — have reportedly been killed by military shelling in the besieged Syria city of Homs.
Feb 21, 2012 6:04PM ET
We're sure it's been tough in the slammer, but now that a New Zealand judge finally granted him bail, we doubt MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom is going to suffer too many hardships while he's awaiting trial in his $30 million mansion in New Zealand.
Feb 21, 2012 5:40PM ET
Thanks to a host of military analysts, cartographers, and TV graphics departments, we have plenty of ideas about how an Israeli airstrike on Iran's nuclear facilities would be carried out.
Feb 21, 2012 4:34PM ET
The Associated Press reports that a foiled plot to assassinate Israeli targets in Azerbaijan might make the central European country the latest front in a proxy war between Israel and Iran.
Feb 21, 2012 4:24PM ET
Corporations that do business overseas—which frequently involves gifts, baksheesh, and other kinds of behind-the-scenes favors—are wondering just how strictly anti-bribery rules will be enforced.
Feb 21, 2012 2:19PM ET
The cyberbullying trial following the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi in 2010 may be happening in New Jersey, but in India, the proceedings are being broadcast live as Indian-American defendant Dahrun Ravi faces up to 10-years in state prison.
Feb 21, 2012 1:25PM ET
The United States has kept the conflict in Syria at arm's length, but a State Department spokeswoman on Tuesday suggested the U.S. would consider getting involved beyond diplomacy if it couldn't persuade the government there to step down in the face of a popular uprising.
Feb 21, 2012 11:28AM ET
As Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces questioning on French charges he abetted pimping, some of the women allegedly hired to entertain him shared details of their jaunts to Washington, D.C. for what Strauss-Kahn called in his recent autobiography "libertine soirees."
Feb 21, 2012 10:11AM ET
Pakistan has never forgiven former president Pervez Musharraf for the death of former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and now it plans to ask Interpol to arrest him for failing to protect her from the deadly 2007 suicide attack that took her life.
Feb 21, 2012 9:53AM ET
On May 2, the only privately-owned copy of The Scream will go on sale, where it's expected to fetch more than $80 million.
Feb 21, 2012 9:34AM ET
William McGurn on Rick Santorum, Ron Klain on gas prices, Richard Cohen on Saudi Arabia, Joe Nocera on governors and gay marriage, and Bret Stephens on the politics of memory.
Feb 21, 2012 9:05AM ET
There was only one candidate to become Yemen's next president on Tuesday's poll, and The New York Times describes the election as "hardly an exercise in democracy," but Yemenis took to polling stations despite reports of violence.
Feb 21, 2012 8:58AM ET
That deadly Mexican prison riot on Sunday was no random act of violence but rather a calculated escape plan carried out with the help of guards, authorities said, taking a lot of the power out of one of the country's main tools to fight drug violence.
Feb 21, 2012 8:22AM ET
Thousands of Aghans protested at Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, as local laborers found out that NATO personnel had been burning Korans at the base.
Feb 21, 2012 6:19AM ET
Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have avoided criminal charges after sexual assault accusation in the United States, but he's now facing a different set of troubles thanks to his involvement in another scandal back in home country.
Feb 21, 2012 5:52AM ET
If you think you have Greece fatigue, imagine how the financial kingpins of Europe feel after 13 hours of talks to approve a new bailout deal for the trouble nation — one that isn't likely to end the hand-wringing anytime soon.
Feb 20, 2012 12:53PM ET
A Frenchman who claimed to be Adolf Hitler's illegitimate son died without being able to prove it, but his lawyer has come forward with a new stack of evidence, including a description of the awkward courtship of a teenage girl and a German corporal during World War I.
Feb 20, 2012 12:38PM ET
Counter-terrorism experts said Al Qaeda wouldn't vanish in a sweeping final act but in a gradual, winnowing decline. A new report out of Southeast Asia gives a sketch of what that looks like.
Feb 20, 2012 12:08PM ET
Iran's been dominating the news and it shows -- a Gallup poll found that 32 percent of Americans believe that Iran is the greatest threat to the U.S., followed by China, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Feb 20, 2012 11:16AM ET
Acknowledging that the world is watching and a lot of Western diplomacy depends on Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi's political campaign and upcoming elections in April, Myanmar has lifted a rally ban just hours after Suu Kyi's party complained about fair elections this morning.
Feb 20, 2012 9:51AM ET
Two U.S. senators said the United States should arm Syrian rebels, a plan that got a dubious reception from the top military brass and preceded a sharp warning from China's national paper that Western support could lead to a civil war.
Feb 20, 2012 8:48AM ET
In one of the more disturbing things you'll hear out of Japan, the manager of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is blaming the plant's sharply rising temperatures (a possible sign of radiation leaks) on a faulty thermometer, telling journalists on Monday that they'll hopefully allow people back to their homes soon.
Feb 20, 2012 7:02AM ET
A biologist has calculated that the tiny little shrimp may be the most costly animal you can eat when measured in terms of its negative impact on the environment.
Feb 19, 2012 5:30PM ET
At least 44 inmates at a prison just outside Monterrey, Mexico, are dead after a riot broke out in the early morning hours.
Feb 19, 2012 12:00PM ET
The North Korean military has warned of "merciless retaliatory strikes" should the South carry out as planned two hours of live-artillery drills.
Feb 18, 2012 3:00PM ET
Scientists have successfully mutated the H5N1 bird flu virus into one that could kill hundreds of millions. The World Health Organization would like them to keep quiet.
Feb 18, 2012 12:30PM ET
As 22 archbishops are elevated to the elite rank of cardinal, someone is leaking embarrassing Vatican documents.
Feb 18, 2012 11:40AM ET
Traces of cocaine were found on Costa Concordia cruise ship Captain Francesco Schettino's hair. Not in the hair, but on the hair.