Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 7, 2014 8:31AM ET
There's only one difference between the weather in Sochi and the weather in Corpus Christi, Texas: Sochi has no chance of precipitation today.
Feb 7, 2014 8:08AM ET
A controversial tape in which a U.S. official lobbed an expletive towards the EU reveals more about the struggles between the U.S. and Russia over influence in the Ukraine than Washington's feelings towards Brussels.
Feb 7, 2014 7:36AM ET
The Sochi Winter Games kick off on Friday with the Opening Ceremonies, otherwise known as the part of the Games most people watch even if they don't care about sports.
Feb 6, 2014 4:03PM ET
Thirty years ago, the XIV Olympic Winter Games were held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, a momentous opportunity for the Eastern European nation to emerge from the shadow of two World Wars — and a Cold one.
Feb 6, 2014 2:42PM ET
Two members of Pussy Riot have been working the media circuit in New York and putting our home-grown celebrities to shame.
Feb 6, 2014 2:34PM ET
Russia is selective about what kind of attention it wants as the Sochi Winter Olympics begin.
Feb 6, 2014 2:05PM ET
Taliban forces in Afghanistan say they have captured an American military service dog and naturally decided to star the canine in a hostage propaganda video.
Feb 6, 2014 2:00PM ET
thanks to a leaked phone conversation, Victoria Nuland's international relationships might be a bit awkward right now.
Feb 6, 2014 12:42PM ET
It's always a good time for a viral photo debunking. Today, images of menus with bad translations and badly-made toilets coming out of Sochi are not actually from the Sochi Games.
Feb 6, 2014 12:34PM ET
Rob Ford has no idea he is a walking punchline if his latest stunt to appease the hard-working people in Toronto is any indication.
Feb 6, 2014 11:52AM ET
Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi will almost certainly run for president, preparing to combat a rising Islamic insurgency he more or less created.
Feb 6, 2014 9:29AM ET
As a furry blue frog with hypnotic whirling, Olympic rings eyes, an Imperial crown on his head, and a ski pole in his mouth, Zoich was never really going to be the official mascot for the Sochi Games
Feb 6, 2014 8:24AM ET
The 2014 Winter Olympics begin tonight in a place that's as warm as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There's a high of 50°F in Sochi and no chance of any snow or rain.
Feb 6, 2014 8:10AM ET
On Wednesday, North and South Korea agreed to allow families in each country, separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War, to meet in the North for a brief but much-desired reunion. Today, to the surprise of nobody, North Korea threatened to renege on the deal.
Feb 6, 2014 2:24AM ET
Another deadline in the removal of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile from the country came and went on Wednesday without much progress.
Feb 6, 2014 12:52AM ET
Officials are warning airlines with flights headed to Russia to be on the lookout for toothpaste bombs, casting suspicion on pretty much anyone who practices basic dental hygiene.
Feb 5, 2014 5:32PM ET
Fifty-one of 88 countries at Sochi have never won a Winter medal. Seventeen of them will have only one shot in one sport with one athlete to change that history. These are the Games' real underdogs.
Feb 5, 2014 3:42PM ET
The 2014 Sochi Olympics are the most plush, high tech, well designed and all around spectacular Olympics in the history of sports history, if you read Russia's state-run and state-owned media outlets.
Feb 5, 2014 2:36PM ET
Russia has ramped up physical security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi – bringing some 50,000 members of law enforcement to the city – but it can do little to combat the deluge of cyber attacks experienced by journalists and tourists.
Feb 5, 2014 8:40AM ET
While the East Coast here in the U.S. braces for another round of (deeply obnoxious) snow, sleet and freezing rain, the site of the Olympic Winter games is enjoying another mild 45° day with a zero percent chance of precipitation.
Feb 5, 2014 8:25AM ET
In an uncharacteristically harsh criticism of the Vatican, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report slamming the Church for "not [acknowledging] the extent of the crimes committed."
Feb 5, 2014 3:13AM ET
The United States has substantially decreased the frequency of drone strikes in Pakistan after the Pakistani government requested exercising caution while they negotiated with the Taliban.
Feb 4, 2014 10:07PM ET
When it comes to per-marital sex, same sex unions, divorce and birth control, Catholics pick and choose which of their church's tenets to follow, according to surveys in Germany and Switzerland.
Feb 4, 2014 2:24PM ET
The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday that will legalize gay marriage in the country.
Feb 4, 2014 1:38PM ET
Worldwide cancer cases are expected to rise from 14 to 22 million, and cancer-related deaths from 8.2 to 14 million per year in the next two decades, according to the World Health Organization's World Cancer Report 2014.
Feb 4, 2014 12:11PM ET
As reporters begin to arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, they are noting firsthand the city's much-anticipated idiosyncrasies. And there are a lot of them.
Feb 4, 2014 8:43AM ET
With two days to go before the competition begins in Russia, we thought you might like an update on the weather situation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Feb 4, 2014 8:14AM ET
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been secretly meeting with Taliban operatives in a bid to negotiate peace while refusing to sign a U.S. security deal, a move that is not only testing already strained relations between Washington and Kabul but also appears to be backfiring.
Feb 4, 2014 12:43AM ET
Al-Qaeda has formally cut ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a radicalist group fighting against Assad's regime, following months of feuding between the two groups.
Feb 3, 2014 5:45PM ET
A Russian activist planning a trip to Sochi to deliver a report on the environmental impact of the Winter Games construction was jailed for 15 days on Monday.