Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 14, 2012 8:22AM ET
Update 11:28 a.m.: The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a measure that would send 30 unarmed military personnel to monitor the truce. However, violence on Saturday -- Reuters reports that at least six have been killed, while the Associated Press reports the death toll at nine -- suggests that the truce is unraveling.
Apr 13, 2012 6:03PM ET
How do you make every antarctic explorer before you grind his or her teeth with chilly frustration: Discover something major while just looking at satellite photos of the frozen continent and not actually going there.
Apr 13, 2012 12:37PM ET
James E. McWilliams on sustainable meat, The Guardian on the DMZ in Korea, The New York Times on solar energy, ClimateWire on the Mississippi Delta, and National Geographic on India's rickshaws
Apr 13, 2012 12:01PM ET
Well, that didn't last long. Although Syrian forces seemingly respected the U.N.'s ceasefire, there are now reports of protesters being shot dead.
Apr 13, 2012 10:39AM ET
It can't surprise anyone that Julian Assange picked M.I.A. to provide the soundtrack for his new talk show, The World Tomorrow, seeing as how the rapper already released her own Wikileaks-inspired mix tape back in 2010.
Apr 13, 2012 10:16AM ET
Soldiers have arrested Guinea-Bissau's prime minister and interim president, power in the country's capital was shut off, and the country's state radio has been compromised which would be in keeping with the recent history of what The Associated Press refers to as a "tiny, coup-prone African nation." The country has seen six coups or attempted coups since the 1980s.
Apr 13, 2012 10:06AM ET
As the official Chinese press rushes to condemn disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai, the official party newspaper sounds like it's coming perilously close to doing actual investigative work into political corruption -- a potentially dangerous pursuit.
Apr 13, 2012 9:56AM ET
Nobody can quite figure out why North Korea, a country that instinctively lies to its people, admitted to the embarrassing failure of its rocket launch this morning.
Apr 13, 2012 8:50AM ET
In your potentially troubling environmental news of the day, there are only two states in the U.S. that aren't experiencing "abnormally dry" or drought conditions, meaning that the country is the driest its been since 2007.
Apr 12, 2012 6:12PM ET
The narrative of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound is getting another revamp, and this time, bin Laden's youngest wife doesn't get shot in the leg.
Apr 12, 2012 3:51PM ET
An Associated Press story that ran Thursday morning told the tale of a North Korean press bus that took a wrong turn into a part of Pyongyang usually shielded from reporters.
Apr 12, 2012 1:09PM ET
Sometime between now and Monday, Pyongyang will launch its "Unha-3" rocket some time between now and Monday, but it will have cost hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of food to make that happen.
Apr 12, 2012 10:48AM ET
In today's tour of state-run propaganda, Iran's propaganda outlet suddenly cares about propaganda, Egyptian state media enters the presidential race and China's People's Daily files for an IPO.
Apr 12, 2012 10:10AM ET
The city of Lille, France, is shocked—shocked!—to learn that prostitutes may have been operating out of its beloved Hotel Carlton, the once-discreet destination now synonymous with the case that saw Dominique Strauss-Kahn accused of aggravated pimping.
Apr 11, 2012 2:00PM ET
All eyes will be on Syria tomorrow as the country promises to "cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6 a.m."
Apr 11, 2012 12:20PM ET
The New York Times on the U.S.'s energy boom and the fate of nuclear energy, The Guardian on bees, AccuWeather on icebergs, and the Associated Press on seals
Apr 11, 2012 12:11PM ET
Syria has "promised" the United Nations that it will stop fighting tomorrow, and we'd believe them if, oh yeah, they weren't Syria.
Apr 11, 2012 5:58AM ET
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.6 (and several big aftershocks) have struck off the western coast of Indonesia, setting off tsunami warnings all across the Indian Ocean.
Apr 11, 2012 5:44AM ET
U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said today "I believe it’s a bit too early to say that the [peace] plan has failed,” despite all evidence that it already has.
Apr 10, 2012 2:12PM ET
Tuesday was a bad day for Chinese politician Bo Xilai and his family: First Bo was suspended from the 25-member Politburo that runs China, then his wife was reportedly arrested for the murder of a British businessman.
Apr 10, 2012 1:33PM ET
It's difficult to interpret the widely-touted deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan over night raids in any way other than as a political gift to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Apr 10, 2012 11:50AM ET
The New York Times on pollution in Mexico City, the Los Angeles Times on green big-rigs, Scientific American on renewable energy in Hawaii, Bloomberg Views on food safely, and Capital New York on bioluminescence
Apr 10, 2012 9:54AM ET
North Korea doesn't have a lot of experience dealing with the press (because it rarely does) so when it gave its most detailed defense of its rocket launch this morning, it didn't go over so well.
Apr 10, 2012 9:02AM ET
Anders Breivik wasn't insane when he carried out the killing spree he's confessed to in Norway last year, and he's not insane now, court-appointed psychiatric experts said on Tuesday, but they didn't say why they'd reversed a November finding that he was insane.
Apr 9, 2012 2:50PM ET
In Beijing, where air pollution threatens to take years off your life, some people have no interest in riding a bike if they can possibly afford a car, which is a shame because rediscovering the tradition of cycling could help reduce the smog that chokes the city.
Apr 9, 2012 2:33PM ET
Playing off of James Cameron's recent underwater adventure today is webcomic xkcd, which offers its nerdy followers a to-scale look at the oceans' depths.
Apr 9, 2012 1:13PM ET
Thomas Friedman on the other Arab Spring, NPR on the warm winter, The Daily Climate on fires in the Amazon, Scientific American on a cleaner rickshaw, and Reuters on sick polar bears
Apr 9, 2012 12:01PM ET
With one day left until the United Nations' special envoy Kofi Annan's cease-fire plan comes into effect, Syrian security forces are waging an unyielding campaign of violence against rebel forces across the country.
Apr 9, 2012 9:40AM ET
North Korean officials tried to ease tensions over its upcoming rocket launch by opening its launch pad on Sunday to the international press. It didn't work.
Apr 8, 2012 11:20AM ET
Syrian troops are supposed to withdraw from urban areas by Tuesday, but Bashar al-Assad's government have added some eleventh hour demands that are casting serious doubts on the success of the ceasefire.