Today's Five Best Columns
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Jun 14, 2012 5:19PM ET
Wikipedia and its gigabytes of data, when analyzed properly, can give you a pretty comprehensive visual overview of the history of world since 1800.
Jun 14, 2012 4:01PM ET
We were entertained by the President of Estonia's somewhat overwrought reaction last week to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's mild estimation of Estonia's economic recovery, but now it just seems like Krugman is baiting the excitable Toomas Hendrik IIves.
Jun 14, 2012 1:44PM ET
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg posted the first part of his sit-down with former Israeli President Shimon Peres, and got him to expound a bit on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, or as Goldberg irreverently describes him, "the person who may be [Peres's] favorite Jew in the world."
Jun 14, 2012 12:32PM ET
Let's count the fun ironies in this story about Nicklas Bendtner, a soccer player for Denmark who's in trouble for pulling down his pants while celebrating a goal during a Euro 2012 match against Portugal.
Jun 14, 2012 11:07AM ET
Egypt's Constitutional Court has just ruled that its month-long parliamentary election was unconstitutional, ordering the entire lower house of Parliament to be dissolved.
Jun 14, 2012 11:04AM ET
The silver-haired WikilLeaks creator has one appeal left in the U.K. and he's expected to lose it, which could land Julian Assange in Sweden by the end of the month where he faces accusations of sexual misconduct.
Jun 14, 2012 10:22AM ET
Now that investigators have confirmed the hands and feet mailed to Vancouver schools last week came from Jun Lin, the man Luka Magnotta allegedly killed, ate, and dismembered on tape, there's one pressing mystery left: Where's his head?
Jun 14, 2012 9:36AM ET
Despite European efforts to rescue Spain's banks, Moody's downgraded the country's debt to near-junk-bond status Thursday, and the ramifications are reverberating across the globe.
Jun 14, 2012 9:31AM ET
Russia does not sound like a very fun place to be a journalist, what with the tradition of unsolved violence against the press, so when the country's top investigator threatens you and says he'll lead the investigation into your death, skipping town makes sense.
Jun 14, 2012 6:50AM ET
The Washington Post reports that U.S. military operations in Africa are expanding into a wide-reaching network of air bases, spy planes, and Special Operations units targeting terrorist and guerrilla groups across the continent
Jun 14, 2012 5:19AM ET
Prime Minister David Cameron testified before the Leveson Inquiry today, an investigation he helped launched to look into media ethics and the News Corp. phone hacking scandal.
Jun 13, 2012 6:42PM ET
Sometimes when you're an officer of the law you have to go above and beyond the call of duty, and if that means having sex with someone you're investigating, well, that's OK for U.K. cops.
Jun 13, 2012 5:31PM ET
State spokesman Philippe Reines explained more about how the program will work and clarified some things that aren’t included in the available public documents.
Jun 13, 2012 12:03PM ET
The conflict in Syria isn't officially labeled a civil war but the denomination gained new validity in the last 24 hours following a series of developments on the ground including land grabs and weapons buildups.
Jun 13, 2012 11:20AM ET
There's a political/romantic scandal currently ruffling feathers in France that is just so, well, French. It involves Twitter, so it's also modern and annoying, but it's mostly just very French. Let us explain.
Jun 13, 2012 11:05AM ET
On Tuesday, a Twitter rumor of Hosni Mubarak's death gained momentary traction in the West, but as The New York Times pointed out on Wednesday, speculation about the former president's health is a daily thing in Egypt, where people write off the news as political manipulation.
Jun 13, 2012 9:51AM ET
If China's aim was to show off its organization and power during its 2008 Olympic opening ceremony, the vibe British filmmaker Danny Boyle is going for this summer is almost the opposite: Pastoral serenity.
Jun 13, 2012 9:13AM ET
The 22-year-old aide to Bashar al-Assad, who Barbara Walters helped get into a Columbia University graduate program, used her powers of spin on herself in a New York Post interview, saying she was "nothing but a victim for some personal agendas."
Jun 13, 2012 5:45AM ET
A wave of coordinated car bombings across Iraq have killed more than 60 people, most of them pilgrims gathering to mark an important religious festival.
Jun 12, 2012 4:14PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: Egyptian TV goes xenophobic, multinational corporations get in bed with North Korea and Cuba shares its reading list. We begin in Egypt.
Jun 12, 2012 2:12PM ET
Today in Sports: Finding pretty patterns in NBA shooting, basketball ratings go up, and a legendary coach is accused of shady dealings.
Jun 12, 2012 1:37PM ET
It's amazing that Mexico's Zetas drug cartel managed to launder money through as huge a U.S. horse-racing operation as it allegedly did for as long as it allegedly did, seeing as how one of its horses was named Number One Cartel.
Jun 12, 2012 10:44AM ET
It's weird to read about a human rights activist calling a law against having sex with children "stupid," but that's what we saw in The New York Times' India Ink story about a push to raise the age of consent there.
Jun 12, 2012 10:40AM ET
Not content to kick off her week-long stint manning Sweden's twitter feed with Hitler jokes, Sonja Abrahamsson, the 27-year-old mother of two currently running the feed, decided to try a new line inquiry: "Whats the fuzz with jews"?
Jun 12, 2012 9:38AM ET
It was designed to ease investor fears but Europe's $125 billion bailout of Spanish banks is already falling short.
Jun 12, 2012 8:39AM ET
32 years after Lindy Chamblerlain's baby disappeared, a coroner ruled that her baby was killed by a dingo, just as she had famously claimed.
Jun 12, 2012 8:27AM ET
Raising fines for unauthorized protesting, raiding homes of activists, and calling leaders in for questioning--none of these actions helped Vladimir Putin stop out the thousands of anti-Putin protesters who showed up on a national holiday Tuesday to tell Putin how he stole this year's election.
Jun 12, 2012 5:53AM ET
A United Nations report says that children as young as nine years old have been murdered, beaten, sexually assaulted, and used as human shields by Syrian forces during their year-long conflict.
Jun 11, 2012 4:49PM ET
For about six months now, the country of Sweden has let everyday citizens take turns running its national Twitter feed; then on the day that program got a front-page write-up in The New York Times, the citizen-curator started making Hitler jokes.
Jun 11, 2012 3:01PM ET
Update: A procurement contract between the State Department and Amazon worth $16.5 million over five years allows for the purchase of more than the 2,500 Kindles cited in the documents as the government's "immediate need."