Journalists listen to a speech and a question posed by former U.S. spy agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden, at a media centre during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in, in Moscow April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

MOSCOW - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions.  Full Article | Live Coverage 

Jobless claims, factory data put some shine on economy 1:38pm EDT

WASHINGTON - New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter.

Vessels involved in salvage operations are seen near the upturned South Korean Sewol ferry in the sea off Jindo April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Hundreds still missing in Korea ferry accident

JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a ferry capsized more than 36 hours ago.  Full Article 

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman (L) participates in a conversation-style interview with Economic Club of Washington President David Rubenstein in Washington September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Wall Street relief

Breakingviews editors explain why Morgan Stanley's CEO can breathe easier, and they discuss first-quarter highlights now that Goldman and other banking peers have reported.  Video 

A Blackberry smartphone is displayed in this August 12, 2010 illustrative photo taken in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

The crash that launched 1,000 start-ups

Tech start-ups in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario are tapping talent from the struggling smartphone company and filling the void left in the region by its meltdown.  Video 

A man takes a photo of the U.S. Capitol, on the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, in Washington September 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Cell phone search case is easy call for Court

While my phone is mostly filled with music and audio books, I don’t look forward to the day that, say, a drunk and disorderly arrest exposes all of its contents to a prosecutor because a police officer is looking for additional criminal evidence.  Full Article 

Handout photo of a pickup truck on fire after it was hit by a Jordanian warplane following failure to heed warnings not to cross into Jordan from Syria April 16, 2014. REUTERS/WWW.AMMONNEWS.NET/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Jihadis returning from Syria rattle Jordan

AMMAN - Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, returning to a Western-aligned monarchy that's torn by conflicting interests in the uprising against Bashar al-Assad.  Full Article 

A hydrogen nozzle is plugged into a Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media briefing in Tokyo in this October 10, 2013 file photo.   REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California -Toyota is launching a hydrogen-powered car next year. The vehicle culminates a 20-year quest during which Toyota struggled first to get the technology to work and then to lower manufacturing costs.   Full Article 

Putin to Snowden: "We do not allow" mass surveillance

April 17 - Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden calls Russian Vladimir Putin during his televised question and answer session with the nation to ask about mass surveillance. Nathan Frandino reports.

Edward Hadas

Don’t bother with share-based pay

Coca-Cola’s controversial share award scheme takes a bad idea to a foolish extreme.  Commentary 

Steven Brill

Obama and his Cabinet

Has 'aloof' become not just a shorthand description of Obama's personality, but also something that explains the shortcomings of his administration?   Commentary 

Neal Gabler

America: The anecdotal nation

When anecdotes and facts compete in America, the anecdotes usually wind up winning. This can be worrisome when it comes to communicating public policy.  Commentary 

Keith Koffler

Liberals are winning the language war

Are conservatives linguistically challenged? Or are they just naive enough to think they can win the battle of ideas with — ideas?  Commentary 

Hugo Dixon

How Greece can turn vice to virtue

The vicious cycle of two years ago is turning virtuous – see Athens' return to the bond market last week. As ever, the weak spot is politics.  Commentary