Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 5, 2012 6:29PM ET
The Obama administration's new defense strategy unveiled today says China is actively trying to curb America's military might but, in covert and overt ways, the Defense Department is bulking up its presence in the Middle Kingdom's backyard.
Jan 5, 2012 1:53PM ET
As Iran makes noise about possibly closing the Hormuz strait, Israel is planning its own missile defense drill with American help, and while the U.S. ally says the drill has nothing to do with Iran's recent muscle-flexing, Iranian press outlet described it as Israel trying to start a war.
Jan 5, 2012 10:59AM ET
Syrian state television announced Thursday that the government had released 500 prisoners as part of the Arab League's plan to end the crisis, but activists there say it's covering up ongoing human rights violations, including torture chambers.
Jan 5, 2012 10:23AM ET
To help the economy, a Japanese restaurateur bought a record-setting $736,000 bluefin tuna today at the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.
Jan 5, 2012 10:22AM ET
Despite growing calls for President Obama to call Iran's bluff in the Strait of Hormuz, the Islamic republic could credibly close off the waterway, according to military experts speaking to Reuters and The New York Times.
Jan 5, 2012 9:31AM ET
Prosecutors in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday demanded the death penalty for the ex-head of state and five others for allegedly shooting protesters during the February uprising in 2011.
Jan 5, 2012 5:33AM ET
A series of bombings struck across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing 24 people in the latest round of sectarian violence since the departure of American soldiers.
Jan 4, 2012 6:52PM ET
The William J. Clinton Foundation has released its contributor information for 2011, a veritable who's who of rich, international donors.
Jan 4, 2012 2:04PM ET
Americans Occupiers in Zuccotti Park made famous phrases like "the 1 percent" to protest wealth disparity within the U.S. -- but the rest of the world can throw that term right back at us.
Jan 4, 2012 12:15PM ET
The White House is denying a plan to release high-ranking Taliban officials held in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an agreement by the Afghan insurgency to open a political office to begin peace negotiations in Qatar.
Jan 3, 2012 4:42PM ET
Government authorities are going after three Swiss bankers suspected of stashing over a billion dollars out of reach of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Jan 3, 2012 3:46PM ET
The Players: David Hockney, British superstar artist revered and known by many for his swimming pool paintings; Damien Hirst, British superstar artist known for his "factory" of assistants and that $100 million platinum skull.
Jan 3, 2012 11:46AM ET
Like Apple with Siri, another big-name tech company, Facebook, created a little abortion-related controversy of its own when it pulled home abortions instruction from its site last week.
Jan 3, 2012 11:18AM ET
The relatives of 9/11 victims who believe an investigator working for Rupert Murdoch's News International accessed their phones in the days following the 2001 terrorist attacks are getting really frustrated that the F.B.I. won't tell them whether their numbers are on a list Scotland Yard seized from that investigator.
Jan 3, 2012 10:03AM ET
Iran's vague threat against a U.S. aircraft carrier seems pretty empty, coming as it does after the ship already left the Persian Gulf, but it's the most aggressive language yet from the increasingly isolated republic.
Jan 3, 2012 9:36AM ET
This week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to deliver a humbling assessment of America's military capabilities in a budget plan to the White House, reports The New York Times.
Jan 3, 2012 9:07AM ET
It's got all the hallmarks of a Sherlock Holmes book: A body found in a remote woodland, a connection to the halls of power, a small pastoral community shocked by the ghoulish discovery.
Jan 3, 2012 9:05AM ET
The United States and Taliban certainly has a tense relationship this last decade - the U.S. ousted it from power in Afghanistan, after all -- so mending that relationship in 2012 needs a very basic starting point: a place to negotiate.
Jan 2, 2012 1:38PM ET
If even your grandmother is on Twitter, you can bet terrorists are too. And that's what got the micro-blogging service in trouble this weekend, as an Israeli legal group threatened to sue Twitter for allowing terrorist organizations such as al-Shabaab and Hezbollah to use its services.
Jan 2, 2012 11:16AM ET
On Saturday, members of what the AP and The New York Times call Israel's community of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against secular Israelis by comparing them to Nazis -- a move which got the latter (predictably) riled up.
Jan 2, 2012 9:59AM ET
Forget about peace and tranquility to start the new year: Iran said it successfully-test-fired two long-range missiles over the Strait of Hormuz Monday, one day after it announced the successful testing of its first domestically-produced nuclear fuel rod.
Jan 2, 2012 8:58AM ET
A French-Algerian journalist who was found strangled by an electrical cord in a hotel room in the Yemeni Capital of Sanaa had been missing for four days before his body was discovered on Monday.
Jan 1, 2012 12:39PM ET
After days of protests and continuing violence, an Arab League advisory board issued a statement Sunday morning calling for the monitoring group to withdraw from Syria.
Dec 31, 2011 4:48PM ET
A day after naming Kim Jong-Un leader of its army, North Korea welcomed the New Year with a haunting message about how its citizens would serve as "human shields" to protect its new leader "unto death."
Dec 31, 2011 11:58AM ET
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in four of the country's 36 states on Saturday after attacks apparently led by radical Muslims, in his words, "gradually evolved into terrorist activities."
Dec 30, 2011 5:52PM ET
In the same year that Reddit, 4chan and Anonymous all entered the mainstream lexicon, "trolling" had more of an effect online and offline than ever before.
Dec 30, 2011 10:42AM ET
"TEPCO's involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue," a Japanese Senator with the Liberal Democratic Party said on background.
Dec 30, 2011 10:23AM ET
Citizens of Samoa are getting one last gift for the 2011 holiday season: a paid day off and a four day work week.
Dec 30, 2011 9:45AM ET
Violence continued in Syria on Thursday despite the arrival of the Arab League's monitors, and now the appointed leader of the monitors is being called into question over his own spotty human rights record.
Dec 29, 2011 5:10PM ET
There are three ways to look at the Obama administration's historic arms deal with Saudia Arabia announced earlier today: Through the lens of geopolitics, domestic politics, or both.