Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine troops kill five

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

Strong durable goods orders buoy U.S. growth outlook 9:30am EDT

WASHINGTON - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter.

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City December 18, 2013.    REUTERS/Mike Segar

FDA to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed measures that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to consumers younger than 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or TV advertising, likely disappointing some public health advocates.  Full Article 

People use computers at an internet cafe in Taiyuan, China,  November 13, 2009. REUSTERS/Stringer

Regulators to propose new net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators are expected to vote in May on a new set of net neutrality rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.  Full Article 

Palestinians hold national flags as they celebrate after an announcement of a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

U.S. may cut aid if Palestinian parties unite

WASHINGTON - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said.  Full Article 

Technicians prepare the installation of a wind turbine blade at Alstom's offshore wind site in Le Carnet, on the Loire Estuary, near Saint Nazaire, March 16, 2012.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Would France really let go of TGV?

Reuters Breakingviews discusses the rumors that GE is in talks to buy Alstom and says the timing couldn't be worse for the French government, politically and economically.  Video 

Six-month-old Hazel Garcia chews a pamphlet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Why the Obamacare fight never ends

Conservatives will never agree it’s working — no matter what the evidence shows. They’re ideologues who believe that if something is wrong, it can’t possibly work. Even if it works.  Commentary 

Obama reaffirms Japan commitment

April 24 - U.S. President Barack Obama tells Japan Washington is committed to its defence including islands disputed with China. Paul Chapman reports.

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