Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/POOL

Putin plays for the long haul

MOSCOW - Last week's Ukraine peace accord does not mean that the Kremlin is backing down, but rather underscores President Vladimir Putin's patience.  Full Article | Slideshow 

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 

Mark Karpeles (L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino

At Mt. Gox 'geek' CEO sought control, escape

TOKYO - Even as now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox boomed, French-born CEO Mark Karpeles seemed both keen to maintain total control of key operations and indifferent to commercial success, according to former staff and associates.  Full Article 

A man walks past a Santander bank branch in Madrid October 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Juan Medina

Spanish banks look to small companies

MADRID - Across Spain, the message is hard to miss in office windows showcasing offers: banks want to lend to small companies again.  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 

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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