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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."
Jun 11, 2012 2:22PM ET
Scary news out of Libya today: It appears that there has been an rocket-propelled grenade attack on a British convoy in the country.
Jun 11, 2012 1:18PM ET
From the reports of fighting coming out of Syria on Monday, it's hard to believe the war-ravaged country was ever the subject of a peace agreement, as the architect of that failed plan renewed his call to limit civilan casualties in Geneva.
Jun 11, 2012 12:28PM ET
Depending on what you're reading, ex-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak might be in a coma, might not be in a coma, or might simply be in really bad shape. What his lawyers want, of course, is to get him out of jail and into a hospital.
Jun 11, 2012 12:08PM ET
In his testimony before the Leveson Inquiry on Monday, former British prime minister Gordon Brown denied ever having a phone call in which he allegedly threatened Rupert Murdoch, essentially accusing Murdoch of lying under oath.
Jun 11, 2012 10:17AM ET
Last week, North Korea threatened South Korean media companies for comparing Kim Jong Un to Hitler, and on Saturday, a massive cyber attack disabled two Seoul-based newspapers, so it's natural to suspect Pyongyang was involved.
Jun 11, 2012 8:50AM ET
What kind of image overhaul did the Assads get by paying Western PR firms like Brown Lloyd James $5,000 a month? Apparently that Bashar can speak English and that Asma is like, a total babe.
Jun 11, 2012 7:54AM ET
On the same day his government launched a new plan to save "troubled families," the British learned that Prime Minister/Human Monster David Cameron recently left his child alone in a pub after a family outing.
Jun 11, 2012 6:29AM ET
Global markets are doing great on Monday morning after Spain agreed to a 100 billion euro bailout package, but it may only be a temporary oasis before reaching Europe's next crisis point.
Jun 10, 2012 11:56AM ET
Hosni Mubarak may not make it to his appeal. The Associated Press is reporting Mubarak is in critical condition in the military hospital where he's currently serving his life sentence.
Jun 9, 2012 2:50PM ET
In a conference call on Saturday, Spain's finance minister indicated they will be asking for a bailout from the other Eurozone countries that could amount to €100 billion.
Jun 9, 2012 1:35PM ET
U.N. monitors finally made it into Mazraat al-Qubeir after they were shot at while making their first attempt, and evidence left behind indicates the Syrian army played a heavy role in the massacre there.
Jun 8, 2012 5:46PM ET
Israel's officials have a message for anyone praising the CIA for its sophisticated cyber attack on Iran: It was our baby.