- The Iraq war ends with a whisper.
- After the second round of voting in Egypt, there have been protests for accused military abuse of an activist.
- Putin takes to the airwaves following protests against his rule. The Economist sat down with an author to discuss.
- The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court says the events surrounded the death of former Libyan despot, Muammar Qaddafi, may constitute a war crime. The chief prosecutor is about 2 months behind Ben.
- Japan has declared the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor has reached "cold shutdown" which doesn't mean it isn't still a major hazard.
- Not even Batman can see a Chinese activist living in unofficial, but definitive isolation.
- The final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses was last night, and was a rather tepid affair by all accounts but The Fix has winners and losers. NPR chronicles how Team Obama is rehearsing in Iowa.
- Congress has managed to keep government open again, but jobless benefits and the payroll tax still hangs in the balance.
- Christopher Hitchens has died at 62.