Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Dec 29, 2011 4:30PM ET
Meet "Antonio C," the name court documents give to a nearly century-old Italian man looking to divorce his wife of 77 years.
Dec 29, 2011 3:17PM ET
It's no huge surprise that News Corp. is likely lining its emergency war chest with settlement funds to keep phone hacking victims quiet as the scandal prepares to enter yet another year of revelations.
Dec 29, 2011 2:09PM ET
A judge just sentenced Reynaldo Bignone, former leader of Argentina's military junta, to 15 years in prison for setting up a torture center in a hospital basement during the 1976 coup.
Dec 29, 2011 12:17PM ET
For Afghans, having to use Taliban approved ring-tones in order to save one's life wouldn't be so bad if the tones didn't have gunshots in the background.
Dec 29, 2011 11:28AM ET
Police in Egypt raided 17 NGO offices on Thursday, including those of two U.S.-based organizations that apparently made the list because of a Mubarack-era ban on foreign interference in local politics.
Dec 29, 2011 11:02AM ET
At least some U.S. officials say the military got 'played' when it acted on local intelligence to conduct a drone strike in Yemen last year, killing not a terrorist but a political rival of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Dec 29, 2011 10:44AM ET
The high stakes standoff between Iran and the U.S. over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, was inflamed Thursday when Iran's navy claimed to have recorded video of a U.S. aircraft carrier entering the Port of Oman.
Dec 29, 2011 9:56AM ET
Out of the year's 365 days, here are 10 that made 2011 what it was.
Dec 29, 2011 9:48AM ET
Reports are filtering out of Syria this morning that security forces opened fire on protesters several blocks away from a government building Arab League fact-finders were visiting.
Dec 29, 2011 8:57AM ET
Yep, it's another controversial statement from Hugo Chavez -- but he really seems to dial up the Nut-O-Meter to 11 with this cancer conspiracy theory.
Dec 29, 2011 8:41AM ET
First there was Great Leader Kim Il-sung, then Dear Leader Kim Jong-il. Now North Korea sings the mandatory praises of its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.
Dec 29, 2011 5:38AM ET
The North Korean state news agency has been caught manipulating photos from the memorial service of Kim Jong-il, but in such a minor and pointless way that it underscores the paranoid insanity of totalitarian regimes.