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Feb 17, 2012 6:25AM ET
Thieves forced their way into an antiquities museum in southern Greece on Friday, making off with 60 to 70 items of "incalculable" value.
Feb 17, 2012 5:46AM ET
Anthony Shadid, who spent two decades covering conflicts and change in the Middle East as a correspondent for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others, died yesterday while on assignment in Syria.
Feb 16, 2012 5:18PM ET
The prospect of a nuclear-armed Tehran has loomed over discussions about a military intervention in Iran for years, but only recently have the country's ties to Al Qaeda crept into the mainstream.
Feb 16, 2012 4:40PM ET
Haroon Aloko has been sent back to Kabul for either physically or emotionally mauling his colleagues. What really happened is up for debate.
Feb 16, 2012 10:42AM ET
The U.S. and Afghanistan governments have been in quiet contact with the Taliban, holding three-way meetings as the Taliban gets tired of carrying on its fight, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told The Wall Street Journal, but a Taliban statement says that's not true.
Feb 16, 2012 10:24AM ET
The investigation into corporate malfeasance and fraud at Japan’s troubled optical equipment maker Olympus, took a new turn on Thursday with the arrest of three former Olympus officials and four others on charges of violating financial filing regulations.
Feb 16, 2012 9:25AM ET
The big Bloomberg Businessweek profile on Kim Dotcom must have been an absolute blast to write, thanks to the outsize personality (and physical stature) of its subject.
Feb 16, 2012 8:26AM ET
Thai police have confirmed that the three Iranian "Bangkok Bombers" were targeting Israeli diplomats, supporting Israel's claim that Iran was behind the attacks.
Feb 16, 2012 5:31AM ET
Investigators continue to search for answers in the prison fire that killed 358 inmates, as reports suggest that more than half of the inmates at the Comayagua prison had never been convicted, or even charged, with a crime.
Feb 15, 2012 5:16PM ET
It probably wasn't the reaction Tehran was hoping for following the much hyped announcement that it had developed "advanced nuclear centrifuges," but the televised display of achievement is garnering shrugs in some of the places that matter most.
Feb 15, 2012 3:08PM ET
Prosecutors asked an Italian judge today to sentence Silvio Berlusconi to five years in prison for bribing a lawyer, forgetting (or perhaps just wishing to forget) that the ex-prime minister is very good at getting out of jailtime for his cartoonish corruption.
Feb 15, 2012 1:29PM ET
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation set up a division to investigate wrongdoing in its tabloids, and wrongdoing it reportedly found.
Feb 15, 2012 10:57AM ET
The president of the World Bank announced on Wednesday that he would leave his post June 30, as rumors swirl that the White House had pressured him to leave.
Feb 15, 2012 10:14AM ET
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is having a somewhat contentious visit to the U.S. this week and it doesn't sound like it's going to get much better.
Feb 15, 2012 9:42AM ET
As Israel's ambassador to Thailand connected the explosions there to recent attacks in India and Georgia, escalating the war-like rhetoric as Malaysian police arrested a third Iranian suspect in the Bangkok blasts on Wednesday.
Feb 15, 2012 9:13AM ET
Today is the day Greece the EU need to sign off on the paperwork to avoid Greece's default on March 20, and Greece's Finance Minister promises it will have a deal within hours.
Feb 15, 2012 8:46AM ET
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has finally made a move toward ending the burgeoning civil war there, approving a draft of a new constitution geared toward political pluralism and scheduling a national referendum for it on Feb. 26.
Feb 15, 2012 7:46AM ET
Iran is making two bold moves today in its ongoing showdown with the West, by announcing that it will load home-made nuclear fuel rods into a research reactor, and at the same time, that it will cut oil exports to six European countries.
Feb 15, 2012 6:04AM ET
A horrific fire at a prison in central Honduras has killed hundreds of inmates, many of whom were trapped in their cells as the building burned around them.
Feb 15, 2012 5:07AM ET
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has called for a referendum on a new national constitution, despite the fact there's been no let up on the fighting in the city of Homs.
Feb 14, 2012 4:51PM ET
Just a few days before a high profile visit from Vice President Xi Jinping, China's government refused to allow the U.S. State Department's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom into the country, reports The Washington Post.
Feb 14, 2012 4:47PM ET
Some call it a proxy war, others call it a "shadow war," but whatever you want to call it, a tit-for-tat assassination campaign between Iran and Israel seems to be playing out across state capitals around the world.
Feb 14, 2012 12:13PM ET
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived at the White House a little more than an hour ago and had a chat with Vice President Joe Biden before meeting with the president.
Feb 14, 2012 11:12AM ET
The situation in Syria is starting to look a lot like an all-out civil war, as government forces stepped up their bombardment of the rebel stronghold of Homs, and neighboring countries took the first steps toward arming the rebels.
Feb 14, 2012 9:11AM ET
Much of the tear gas that billowed through Bahrain's streets Monday (and throughout the Arab Spring) was made by a Pennsylvania-based company called Combined Systems, so to mark the anniversary of protests in Bahrain, Anonymous took Combined Systems' website offline and dumped its employee and client data on the Web.
Feb 14, 2012 9:10AM ET
With U.S.-Iran tensions looming and Iran's various threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, the USS Abraham Lincoln sailed through the strait for the second time in recent weeks on Tuesday.
Feb 14, 2012 8:30AM ET
Stun guns, tear gas, and rubber bullets--those are the Valentine's Day presents Bahraini police are giving protesters who are looking to march on the anniversary of last year's pro-democracy uprisings.
Feb 14, 2012 5:58AM ET
A man Thai authorities said was Iranian maimed himself with a grenade trying to escape from police after a cache of explosives he allegedly kept blew up his house.
Feb 14, 2012 5:26AM ET
The Star newspaper of Malaysias reports that five couples were arrested on Valentine's Day this year in what was dubbed the "Petaling District Level 6th Anti-Vice Campaign." We apologize for the error and any confusion.
Feb 13, 2012 10:03AM ET
Amid the apologies and lame excuses that have characterized the British Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, the Sun's former political editor Trevor Kavanagh has finally fought back on the paper's behalf calling the police investigations into journalists a "witch hunt," but nobody's buying the victim routine.