Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 26, 2013 3:13AM ET
After a period of relative calm, protesters against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra began again on Wednesday.
Dec 26, 2013 1:40AM ET
This year, Great Britain's Channel 4 selected Edward Snowden to deliver an alternative holiday address to that of Queen Elizabeth this holiday season, marking his first television appearance since seeking asylum in Moscow.
Dec 25, 2013 9:31PM ET
A corruption scandal threatens the Turkish prime minister and the Egyptian government labeled the Muslim Brotherhood, its biggest opposition group, a terrorist organization.
Dec 25, 2013 12:57PM ET
Like Pope Benedict's "Urbi et Orbi" sermon last year, Pope Francis called for peace at St. Peter's Basilica this morning. The context, though, was very different.
Dec 24, 2013 4:08PM ET
Earlier today, the United States harshly criticized Uganda's new anti-gay bill, which aims to punish "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment.
Dec 24, 2013 1:33PM ET
Fighting in CAR has intensified in the past few days as the situation becomes increasingly dangerous for French and other foreign peacekeepers trying to calm the region.
Dec 24, 2013 8:56AM ET
At least three mass graves were uncovered in South Sudan in recent days, yet another grim development in the deepening conflict in the country.
Dec 24, 2013 8:07AM ET
North Korea may be making good on promises to develop nuclear arms, by producing fuel rods necessary for a plutonium reactor and, therefore, to operate nuclear facilities.
Dec 24, 2013 12:34AM ET
Alan Turing, considered to be one of the fathers of computer science whose code-breaking work helped the Allies win the Second World War, has been given a royal pardon for his homosexuality conviction, 61 years later
Dec 23, 2013 10:39PM ET
Edward Snowden, whose NSA revelations were probably the news story of the year, sat down with one of the three journalists to whom he leaked the documents for a long in-person interview, his first since he arrived in Russia.
Dec 23, 2013 2:22PM ET
Of the OECD’s 34 members, Americans are not only among the least avid cyclists; they're also among the most likely to get killed, according to a new report.
Dec 23, 2013 1:02PM ET
On Sunday the Associated Press published a piece on Iceland's elf lobby, a group of believers who object to a road being built near Reykjavík. Media outlets on the island nation found fault with the piece.
Dec 23, 2013 12:07PM ET
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 rifle, has died at the age of 94, according to reports from RT.
Dec 23, 2013 11:59AM ET
What if, instead of leaving North Korea today, Dennis Rodman didn't make it out and was instead thrown into a prison camp by the country's erratic young dictator Kim Jong-un? And what if two brave Wire bloggers had to save him?
Dec 23, 2013 9:11AM ET
Kim Jong-un's recently executed uncle, Jang Song-taek, was probably not plotting a coup to overthrow Kim's rule, as Pyongyang charged.
Dec 23, 2013 8:44AM ET
The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group's Yemeni arm, apologized for attacking a hospital and prayer center during a strike on Yemen's Defense Ministry last week.
Dec 23, 2013 7:34AM ET
Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was freed from prison today, soon after the release of bandmate Maria Alyokhina, under an amnesty bill passed last week.
Dec 23, 2013 2:55AM ET
Armed conflict in South Sudan continued Sunday as opposing factions vie for control of the region.
Dec 23, 2013 2:11AM ET
One member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been released from prison, and the other is expected to be release shortly, according to a lawyer representing one of the women.
Dec 22, 2013 3:22PM ET
Canada doesn't mess around in the winter time – and a nasty ice storm in the country's biggest city proves that we Americans bow to that country's hardiness in the face of remarkably bad weather (and, occasionally, naughty politicians).
Dec 22, 2013 11:29AM ET
Sumi Abedin can't work anymore. A fifteen-year-old is dying from wounds from her escape. They were among those broken by a Bangladeshi factory fire that killed at least 117 – and some small measure of justice may now be on its way.
Dec 22, 2013 10:44AM ET
According to the Washington Post, the CIA has been closely involved for a decade in a secret fight against drug cartel FARC in Colombia, including by targeting and killing its top leaders.
Dec 21, 2013 6:19PM ET
Iran is going to get its first international hotel projects since the Iranian Revolution, part of a bold move by a hotelier horning in on areas that are generally perceived as dangerous.
Dec 21, 2013 5:21PM ET
As quickly as you can say "Tata Madiba," the Nelson Mandela Foundation has swatted away allegations that suggest the late anti-apartheid leader received weapons training from the Israeli secret service.
Dec 21, 2013 9:42AM ET
The rising civil unrest in South Sudan has cost the U.S. its first casualties. Rebel fire badly damaged two American aircraft carrying troops, injuring four, one critically.
Dec 20, 2013 3:28PM ET
Scientists in Canada successfully sent a text message through the medium of evaporated vodka, unveiling to the world a technological innovation we didn't even know we needed.
Dec 20, 2013 1:07PM ET
London theatergoers got a horrible shock when the ceiling of the historic Apollo Theatre caved in during a performance Thursday night. The accident is likely to spark emergency surveys for all of London’s historic theaters.
Dec 20, 2013 11:23AM ET
A recently publicized report shows that a top Air Force official dismissed in October for vague reasons spent a two-day stint in Russia on a veritable bender.
Dec 20, 2013 11:06AM ET
Canada's Supreme Court struck down three of the country's key prostitution laws today, essentially lifting any nationwide restrictions on the industry.
Dec 20, 2013 9:20AM ET
On Friday, the Ugandan parliament approved a bill that will punish "aggravated homosexuality" in the country with life imprisonment.