Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, April 14, 2014 in this handout picture released by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Handout via Reuters

Cyclone threatens jet search

PERTH, Australia - A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission.   Full Article 

Asian stocks subdued on Ukraine caution, dollar firms vs yen 2:06am EDT

TOKYO - Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) listens to a family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry "Sewol", in Jindo April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Crew's conduct tantamount to murder: president

JINDO, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the actions of the captain and crew of the ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before presenting the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pipeline delay to boost Obama's political base

WASHINGTON - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.  Full Article 

Residents stand outside a spaza convienience shop in Cape Town's Imizamo Yethu township, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

'Spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in

SOWETO, South Africa - As more people head to a shopping center in this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, business has gotten worse for proprietors of "spaza" shops - the informal stores that dot township corners.  Full Article 

Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, hunger

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, denounced the 'immense wastefulness' in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.  Full Article 

Nicholas Wapshott

Yellen shows her hand

Yellen understands that to effect a true recovery, the economy must first find jobs for all Americans.  Commentary 

Anatole Kaletsky

Time to stop following defunct economic policies

Only in economic forecasts -- not in the real world -- is it true that any policies the central bank chooses to follow lead automatically to full employment.  Commentary 

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