Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 12, 2014 8:29PM ET
Spain, a country with an unemployment rate of 26 percent that had to be bailed out by the European Union to a tune of $125 billion in 2012, has apparently decided that the most urgent issue facing the country is abortion.
Feb 12, 2014 4:18PM ET
Jade Rabbit, China's first and much-celebrated lunar rover, suffered a fatal mechanical malfunction last month and is no longer, according to a sad and short report from state media.
Feb 12, 2014 3:07PM ET
The United States took a nasty drop in the World Press Freedom rankings, released on Wednesday by the media group Reporters Without Borders.
Feb 12, 2014 2:55PM ET
As Syrian peace talks in Geneva continue for a second day, following a disappointing first round of talks in January, word leaders don't see a way out of disastrous civil war.
Feb 12, 2014 12:00PM ET
Activist Yevgeny Vitishko, who worked on a report condemning the harmful environmental effects of construction in Sochi, was sentenced to three years in prison for the totally legitimate, not at all political crime of spray painting a governor's fence in 2012.
Feb 12, 2014 9:51AM ET
A Japanese composer, whose reputation went from deaf musical genius to hearing musical liar in the space of a few days, has confirmed that he isn't fully deaf following a damning interview with his ghostwriter.
Feb 12, 2014 9:43AM ET
On Wednesday, two Olympic Alpine skiers — friends — tied for gold in the women's downhill competition. Here's how it happened.
Feb 12, 2014 2:10AM ET
This week, North and South Korea held the first substantial, direct conversation between the two countries in years.
Feb 11, 2014 11:28AM ET
Scientists have discovered what could be signs of flowing water on Mars, a development that could amend previous theories that Martian water is a thing of the distant past.
Feb 11, 2014 9:40AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin is blaming early criticism of the Sochi Winter Games on a lingering Western, anti-Russian mentality dating back to the Cold War.
Feb 11, 2014 8:03AM ET
Coordinated drug raids in New York and Italy resulted in arrests on both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday, as law enforcement officials in the US and Italy targeted a mob-linked drug trafficking route.
Feb 11, 2014 3:07AM ET
The second round of peace talks between Syrian rebels and the regime of Bashar al-Assad began contentiously this week, as each side accused the other of stifling humanitarian aid to the country.
Feb 10, 2014 3:16PM ET
A French website alleged that the U.S. and Russian Olympic teams were conspiring to cheat in the Olympics. Which allows us the chance to explore the rich history of Olympic cheating scandals that benefitted the Russians.
Feb 10, 2014 2:22PM ET
Twenty-two Iraqi militants were killed and 15 more injured, on Monday during a suicide bombing training session when an instructor accidentally set off an explosion during a demonstration.
Feb 10, 2014 9:10AM ET
The Copenhagen Zoo is under major fire for putting a perfectly healthy giraffe to death in front of visitors, including children, and then proceeding to skin, slice and feed it to the zoo's lions
Feb 10, 2014 8:26AM ET
Buried deep in the video database of the Internet Archive is footage of one of the first Winter Games — Lake Placid in 1932. The Olympics have changed since then; they're safer, smarter, and lamer.
Feb 10, 2014 3:08AM ET
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have reached a new agreement that should lead to more transparency about the nation's nuclear capabilities and research.
Feb 8, 2014 2:39PM ET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the controversy surrounding a leaked conversation in which U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said "Fuck the EU" to an ambassador in Ukraine.
Feb 7, 2014 8:59PM ET
The Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia had plenty pomp and circumstance, sure, but we know what you really care about: which countries were the best dressed, and which countries should demand a refund from their tailors.
Feb 7, 2014 5:32PM ET
One of the five Olympic rings failed to open at a key moment in today's Opening Ceremony. For those watching at home though: no problem. A non-flawed segment from one of the practice runs was swapped in.
Feb 7, 2014 5:31PM ET
Americans getting ready to watch NBC's tape-delayed broadcast of the Sochi Opening Ceremony are gonna have some questions.
Feb 7, 2014 4:19PM ET
A day into the Sochi Olympics, Russia arrested LGBT activists who were demonstrating against the country's strict anti-gay laws.
Feb 7, 2014 3:51PM ET
Half-mayor Rob Ford arrived at Toronto city hall on Friday furious that a rainbow flag had been raised on top of the building as a political statement during the Winter Olympics.
Feb 7, 2014 2:41PM ET
Type "Why is Canada" into the search engine, and the first thing that pops up is the insulting "a country?". But there's plenty more to be discovered from this search-based look at international stereotyping.
Feb 7, 2014 12:30PM ET
Agence France-Presse is reporting that a Ukrainian airliner made an emergency landing in Turkey after a hijacker reportedly attempted to redirect the flight to Sochi.
Feb 7, 2014 12:00PM ET
If, like most of us, you only watch figure skating during the Olympics, you're not catching the full story arc — it's more like you're jumping into a complex HBO drama at the series finale.
Feb 7, 2014 11:58AM ET
Astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will watch the Olympics from space, says astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and will place bets on their favored teams using space food.
Feb 7, 2014 10:41AM ET
Kazakhstan is tired of geography-impaired Westerners confusing it with those other inferior -stan countries. And President Nursultan Nazarbayev is ready to do something about that problem.
Feb 7, 2014 10:01AM ET
Throwing back a cold one can be a costly affair—especially if you’re living off the minimum wage in a country like Georgia or Bangladesh. How do we know that? Because we made a Beer Index.
Feb 7, 2014 9:43AM ET
NBC may be the latest culprit in disseminating fake “crazy Sochi,” stories, according to one cyber security firm, which claims that the news outlet’s recent report on hacking in Sochi is pretty much totally false.