Today's Five Best Columns
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May 25, 2012 8:50AM ET
All good things come to an end, right? For those of you enchanted by the story of Tokyo's escaped penguin from March, we have the sad news today: zoo officials caught the flightless bird last night.
May 25, 2012 6:35AM ET
Israeli intelligence says there is evidence that Syrian rebels poisoned several top officials in the Syrian government, including the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad.
May 25, 2012 5:57AM ET
The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and the last prime minister who served under Hosni Mubarak will do battle in a runoff election next month to determine Egypt's next president.
May 24, 2012 6:09PM ET
The big news out of Europe yesterday was a rush to plan B: Greece's exit from the eurozone. But today, almost in unison, the markets and the politicians are swinging the pendulum in the other direction.
May 24, 2012 4:14PM ET
Anderson Cooper scored the first in-depth interview with Chen Guangcheng since the blind Chinese activist arrived in the United States last weekend, and the first thing in CNN's teaser for tonight's show is Chen's absolute relief at just being able to go outside.
May 24, 2012 3:46PM ET
Like any city, El Paso, Texas, makes goofy, oversimplified tourist maps for visitors, but in 2010 it oversimplified the map so much that it deleted its violence-plagued neighbor to the south, Ciudad Juarez.
May 24, 2012 3:25PM ET
After the arrest of a yakuza boss for his alleged role in supplying workers to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant, we are learning the details of how Japan’s nuclear industry relied on organized crime.
May 24, 2012 2:22PM ET
The Pakistani press does not share the outrage of U.S. lawmakers at the 33-year prison sentence of the doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden. In fact, Dr. Shakil Afridi, charged with running a fake vaccination clinic to collect bin Laden's DNA, should be glad he wasn't executed according to some Pakistani dailies.
May 24, 2012 2:00PM ET
One thing the United States can do to persuade Pakistan to rethink imprisoning a doctor who helped find Osama Bin Laden is to issue strongly worded statements; another is to cut military aid.
May 24, 2012 12:11PM ET
In one of the more disturbing trends you'll hear out of Greece: More and more people are withdrawing their life savings from banks they think are unsafe ... only to see all that cash swiped in a spike in home burglaries.
May 24, 2012 9:28AM ET
It's not often we learn about the secret world of government-paid hackers, but when we do, it's fascinating to see how they they leave their mark.
May 24, 2012 7:24AM ET
A brother of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has escaped house arrest and made his way to Beijing, potentially setting off another diplomatic crisis like the one sparked by his younger brother's quest for asylum.
May 23, 2012 3:36PM ET
From Wall Street to Brussels, the people with a stake in Greece's financial future are making plans for its exit from the Eurozone.
May 23, 2012 3:33PM ET
Now that the Secret Service agents fired for that whole Colombian prostitution scandal are fighting their terminations, we're learning a lot more about how and where they party.
May 23, 2012 1:33PM ET
The stakes loom large as six world powers meet in Baghdad today to agree on curbing Iran's nuclear program
May 23, 2012 11:29AM ET
As stunts go, planning to jump out of a helicopter, fall 2,400 feet, and land safely without a parachute seems like just about the craziest.
May 23, 2012 10:10AM ET
Everyone's a critic, apparently. Displeased by South African artist Brett Murray's controversial semi-nude portrait of President Jacob Zuma, two men, a middle aged white man and a young black man, defaced it with paint Tuesday.
May 23, 2012 9:14AM ET
Just when you thought the Secret Service prostitution scandal would fade away, director Mark Sullivan will get to talk to a Senate committee today about his fired agents' new claims that they didn't do anything unusual for the "secret circus."
May 23, 2012 8:05AM ET
You'd think helping find one of the world's most wanted terrorists and America's number one enemy would make you a hero. In Pakistan, those actions make you a treasonous criminal.
May 23, 2012 6:01AM ET
Egyptians are patiently contending with long lines and equally long ballots to cast their votes in the first free presidential election in the nation's history.&nbs
May 22, 2012 5:30PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda, the Brian Williams of China has some explaining to do, a Photoshop fail has no explanation, and a U.S. congressman wants to repeal a ban on domestic propaganda.
May 22, 2012 3:18PM ET
After North Korea's epic failure of a rocket launch last month, it's hard to get too concerned about the report that it appears to be upgrading its launchpad to handle even bigger rockets than the Unha.
May 22, 2012 2:40PM ET
India's leading newspapers latched onto yesterday's sentencing of former Rutger's University student Dharun Ravi convicted of bias intimidation against college roommate Tyler Clementi.
May 22, 2012 12:24PM ET
The British have always chuckled at America's flamboyant patriotism and jingoistic self-love, but this summer the tiny island nation has two occasions that will test its modesty mettle: the London Summer Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
May 22, 2012 10:27AM ET
In the first arrest in relation to the yakuza's role in Japan's nuclear industry since last March's devastating earthquake and tsunami, police in Fukushima charged a senior yakuza leader for illegally dispatching workers to the reconstruction at the TEPCO-run Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.
May 22, 2012 9:52AM ET
The much-hyped NATO Summit in Chicago this weekend wasn't a complete boondoggle. The alliance forged a formal agreement on withdrawing from Afghanistan, but elsewhere, a number of world leaders left the Windy City without much to say for their stay.
May 22, 2012 9:36AM ET
Isn't scaling Mount Everest supposed to be dangerous on its own? Now, officials are blaming a new wrinkle for the deaths of four people and one missing climber: Too many people rushing to the summit at once.
May 22, 2012 7:49AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles sees a failure with being too big.
May 21, 2012 6:09PM ET
Back when the Secret Service's Colombian prostitution scandal was in full swing, there were whispers of similar behavior among DEA agents, and on Monday CBS finally nailed the story that the agency was investigating three agents and had removed them from the country.
May 21, 2012 4:41PM ET
Somehow it seems less incongruous to hear about a president getting ousted than to hear about one getting beaten up, as happened to Mali's interim chief executive Dioncounda Traore on Monday.