Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 6, 2012 12:45PM ET
On Sunday, the U.S. proposed an international coalition of the willing to aid Syria's opposition following a decision by Russia and China to block a U.N. effort to end the violent conflict.
Feb 6, 2012 11:19AM ET
The Simpsons have now joined Barbie as targets of an Iranian crackdown, putting one of the iconic blonde doll's biggest critics on the same blacklist as her.
Feb 6, 2012 10:50AM ET
A new executive order the president just signed puts a hold on all Iranian assets in the United States, including those of the country's central bank, that blocks them from export, transfer, or anything else, as part of a new round of sanctions by the government.
Feb 6, 2012 10:25AM ET
Perhaps worried Norway had momentarily forgotten about how much it hated him, Anders Breivik put on a show of being a hero in his court appearance Monday, demanding a medal and saying he acted to prevent "cultural destruction."
Feb 6, 2012 9:15AM ET
The U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus and recalled its diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Robert Ford, out of concern that the Syrian government couldn't protect the workers amid unrest.
Feb 6, 2012 9:12AM ET
In today's sign that the European Union's deficits problems aren't going away, Romania's Prime Minster Emil Boc and his cabinet have tendered their resignations after a very cold January and February of protests over strict austerity measures imposed by the government.
Feb 6, 2012 9:03AM ET
The C.I.A.'s policy of silence around its drone program has really gotten in the agency's way as it tries to defend against a scathing new investigative report that found U.S. drones target rescuers and funerals in Pakistan.
Feb 6, 2012 8:39AM ET
With the wiggle room provided by the Russian-Chinese veto of a U.N. resolution that would have thrown Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, out of power, Syrian forces continued their assault on the resistance stronghold of Homs, and according to some reports, have killed at least 50 Monday morning.
Feb 6, 2012 6:57AM ET
Cyclist Alberto Contador has been banned from competition for two years and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after being found guilty of using a banned substance during the 2010 race.
Feb 5, 2012 5:00PM ET
Despite threats from Congress to withdraw $1.55 billion in aid, Egypt moves ahead on a shady criminal action against foreign non-profit workers. The son of the U.S. Transportation Secretary is among them.
Feb 5, 2012 1:30PM ET
In response to yesterday's dark day for Syrian democracy, an outraged Hillary Rodham Clinton called for the international community to join the U.S. in pushing back on the al-Assad regime.
Feb 4, 2012 12:50PM ET
Coming on the deadliest single day of the Syrian uprisings, Russia and China vote against a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought to put an end to Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdowns.
Feb 4, 2012 10:44AM ET
President Obama issues a strong condemnation of Bashar al-Assad, after Syrian forces launch "an unprecedented attack" on his own people. At least 260 are dead.
Feb 3, 2012 6:04PM ET
Today, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to support any group that confronts the "cancer" Israel, in an address broadcast on state TV.
Feb 3, 2012 3:12PM ET
Reuters is out with a report that Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Taliban suspected of hiding in Pakistan, wrote the White House a letter last year demanding the transfer of militant prisoners
Feb 3, 2012 2:53PM ET
Feb 3, 2012 12:34PM ET
The Obama administration is considering the release of five Taliban prisoners to improve peace talks with the Afghan insurgency and now we know who's on the short list.
Feb 3, 2012 12:20PM ET
There's a happy (or at least safe) ending to the story this morning of two American women along with their guide being kidnapped at gunpoint in Egypt.
Feb 3, 2012 8:42AM ET
In some of the more disturbing news you'll hear about the Middle East, U.S.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is predicting an Israeli attack on Iran could come as soon as April and right now top Israeli security officials aren't doing much to convince us otherwise.
Feb 3, 2012 8:23AM ET
Two American tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt, along with their guide, when they were held up in their minivan near a Red Sea resort on Friday.
Feb 2, 2012 4:07PM ET
Bashar al Assad's best bet for leaving Syria before he gets killed by angry citizenry like Col. Muammar Qaddafi looks like exile, but finding somewhere for him to go may be tricky.
Feb 2, 2012 1:27PM ET
If anything can bring Egyptian soccer rivals together, it's their shared belief that their government is incompetent.
Feb 2, 2012 12:40PM ET
There are reports from the Philippines that government forces killed Zulkifli bin Hir, a man with links to Al Qaeda, for whom the United States posted a $5 million bounty.
Feb 2, 2012 12:33PM ET
If what an Israeli minister said Thursday is true, Iran came close to developing a missile that could hit the United States before the facility developing it got destroyed in an explosion last November.
Feb 2, 2012 9:52AM ET
Until today it looked like The Times of London, the most august of News International's stable of newspapers in Britain, was too dignified to be tainted by the hacking probes plaguing its tabloid cousins, but that may change with a tweet.
Feb 2, 2012 9:47AM ET
South Korea isn't expected to comply with North Korea's list of demands, but the rigid list might just be a sign that diplomacy isn't out of the question and that it might actually values a relationship with the United States.
Feb 2, 2012 9:15AM ET
A Cessna pilot in Mexico appeared so calm while landing a plane without its propeller that we watched the whole video of his miraculous save and could only identify the disaster point by the change in engine sound.
Feb 1, 2012 5:18PM ET
On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced plans to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
Feb 1, 2012 2:44PM ET
Officials now report 73 people died in the riot, and that the army had to send helicopters to evacuate the players.
Feb 1, 2012 11:56AM ET
The prime minister of Pakistan had quite the scare last October, and he's now ready to talk about it.