Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 8, 2012 6:53AM ET
After announcing his resignation yesterday because he didn't want to "run the country with an iron fist" former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed says he was forced to make that decision at gunpoint.
Feb 8, 2012 6:25AM ET
A massive whale shark that may be among the largest fish ever caught, was pulled from the waters off Pakistan yesterday.
Feb 7, 2012 3:09PM ET
The editor of the London Times is very, very sorry about one of his reporters hacking a detective's email; in fact, a lot of people took turns apologizing on Tuesday at the UK Leveson inquiry into media ethics.
Feb 7, 2012 2:21PM ET
Reuters is out with a report that China is buying up oil from Saudi Arabia and other sources to reduce the amount it depends on Iran as it negotiates prices with Tehran
Feb 7, 2012 1:03PM ET
As the brutal regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continues killing thousands of its own people, a new cache of leaked e-mails reveal who played nice with the Arab autocrat.
Feb 7, 2012 12:56PM ET
As federal investigators probe News Corporation over allegations its employees hacked into 9/11 victims phones, it's starting to look like they won't find anything, but the FBI thinks it's got a good case to make in regards to bribery charges instead, Reuters reports.
Feb 7, 2012 11:32AM ET
A British woman who served with the Royal Air Force for the last two months of World War I was the last known veteran of the war when she died in her sleep Saturday night.
Feb 7, 2012 10:23AM ET
An Islamist movement in Algeria has lead to the shuttering of the country's oldest bars, the rise of fly-by-night networks of suppliers, and secret sales of liquor in people's homes--all signs that the country is in the middle of its own prohibition era.
Feb 7, 2012 9:30AM ET
France and Italy have both recalled their ambassadors to Syria, as have Gulf Arab countries, but Russia has sent a special envoy to the embattled country, where violence between the government and rebels increased on Tuesday.
Feb 7, 2012 5:19AM ET
Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed resigned today after a "mutiny" by police officers who took over the state broadcaster in the nation's capital.
Feb 6, 2012 5:49PM ET
Fears that Greece won't accept a new bailout deal are having a chilling ripple effect from Greece to Western Europe to the United States.
Feb 6, 2012 12:51PM ET
Facebook and Google are leading the way for online companies in India to remove content deemed religiously or politically offensive, after a court there threatened a large-scale crackdown if they didn't comply.
Feb 6, 2012 12:45PM ET
On Sunday, the U.S. proposed an international coalition of the willing to aid Syria's opposition following a decision by Russia and China to block a U.N. effort to end the violent conflict.
Feb 6, 2012 11:19AM ET
The Simpsons have now joined Barbie as targets of an Iranian crackdown, putting one of the iconic blonde doll's biggest critics on the same blacklist as her.
Feb 6, 2012 10:50AM ET
A new executive order the president just signed puts a hold on all Iranian assets in the United States, including those of the country's central bank, that blocks them from export, transfer, or anything else, as part of a new round of sanctions by the government.
Feb 6, 2012 10:25AM ET
Perhaps worried Norway had momentarily forgotten about how much it hated him, Anders Breivik put on a show of being a hero in his court appearance Monday, demanding a medal and saying he acted to prevent "cultural destruction."
Feb 6, 2012 9:15AM ET
The U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus and recalled its diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Robert Ford, out of concern that the Syrian government couldn't protect the workers amid unrest.
Feb 6, 2012 9:12AM ET
In today's sign that the European Union's deficits problems aren't going away, Romania's Prime Minster Emil Boc and his cabinet have tendered their resignations after a very cold January and February of protests over strict austerity measures imposed by the government.
Feb 6, 2012 9:03AM ET
The C.I.A.'s policy of silence around its drone program has really gotten in the agency's way as it tries to defend against a scathing new investigative report that found U.S. drones target rescuers and funerals in Pakistan.
Feb 6, 2012 8:39AM ET
With the wiggle room provided by the Russian-Chinese veto of a U.N. resolution that would have thrown Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, out of power, Syrian forces continued their assault on the resistance stronghold of Homs, and according to some reports, have killed at least 50 Monday morning.
Feb 6, 2012 6:57AM ET
Cyclist Alberto Contador has been banned from competition for two years and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after being found guilty of using a banned substance during the 2010 race.
Feb 5, 2012 5:00PM ET
Despite threats from Congress to withdraw $1.55 billion in aid, Egypt moves ahead on a shady criminal action against foreign non-profit workers. The son of the U.S. Transportation Secretary is among them.
Feb 5, 2012 1:30PM ET
In response to yesterday's dark day for Syrian democracy, an outraged Hillary Rodham Clinton called for the international community to join the U.S. in pushing back on the al-Assad regime.
Feb 4, 2012 12:50PM ET
Coming on the deadliest single day of the Syrian uprisings, Russia and China vote against a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought to put an end to Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdowns.
Feb 4, 2012 10:44AM ET
President Obama issues a strong condemnation of Bashar al-Assad, after Syrian forces launch "an unprecedented attack" on his own people. At least 260 are dead.
Feb 3, 2012 6:04PM ET
Today, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to support any group that confronts the "cancer" Israel, in an address broadcast on state TV.
Feb 3, 2012 3:12PM ET
Reuters is out with a report that Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Taliban suspected of hiding in Pakistan, wrote the White House a letter last year demanding the transfer of militant prisoners
Feb 3, 2012 2:53PM ET
Feb 3, 2012 12:34PM ET
The Obama administration is considering the release of five Taliban prisoners to improve peace talks with the Afghan insurgency and now we know who's on the short list.
Feb 3, 2012 12:20PM ET
There's a happy (or at least safe) ending to the story this morning of two American women along with their guide being kidnapped at gunpoint in Egypt.