Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Dec 20, 2013 8:48AM ET
Fed up with slow (or in some cases, backwards) progress on climate change, environmental advocates are mulling desperate measures. Emerging at the head of this pack is arguably the world’s most prominent climate scientist: James Hansen, a former NASA researcher turned activist.
Dec 19, 2013 3:58PM ET
According to multiple reports, police rescue workers are responding to a partial balcony or ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theater in the West End of London.
Dec 19, 2013 12:24PM ET
Dennis Rodman is headed to North Korea once again to "to do a basketball game and have some fun" with Kim Jong-un, a very good friend of his and who just happens to have executed his own uncle last week.
Dec 19, 2013 11:51AM ET
There's always money in the banana stand... unless there are no more bananas on Earth because an unstoppable fungus has made them extinct.
Dec 19, 2013 9:24AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he will pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon-turned-"political prisoner" who has been in prison for more than a decade.
Dec 19, 2013 2:03AM ET
Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana is the Obama administration's pick to be the next Ambassador to China.
Dec 18, 2013 5:08PM ET
The internet has been marveling over a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford awkwardly bopping and clapping while a jazz trio sings Bob Marley's "One Love" and "Christmas Carol Blues," in the middle of a city council meeting.
Dec 18, 2013 9:24AM ET
Russia's lower house of Parliament unanimously passed a bill that could lead to the release of two jailed members of Pussy Riot, along with 30 Greenpeace protesters currently awaiting trial in the country.
Dec 18, 2013 8:39AM ET
The BBC set about asking innocent British citizens for their opinions when they stumbled on the king of cool, the sultan of smooth — they asked The Fonz.
Dec 18, 2013 2:55AM ET
Despite reports of a brutal purge in which Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of his own uncle, Dennis Rodman is still planning on making a return trip to the isolated North Korea.
Dec 18, 2013 1:56AM ET
Diplomatic relations between the United States and India have hit a snag after an Indian diplomat was strip-searched in New York last week.
Dec 18, 2013 12:57AM ET
A Russian national captured fighting with the Taliban is being considered for a military trial in the United States
Dec 17, 2013 9:46PM ET
Avunculicidal Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un marked the second anniversary of his father's death today, along with his wife and North Korea's top officials. Missing from the service? His aunt, the newly widowed Kim Kyong Hui. Uh oh.
Dec 17, 2013 6:09PM ET
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the First Lady Michelle Obama won't be a part of the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.