President Barack Obama prepares to board Air Force One to depart Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington to begin his seven-day four-nation Asian tour, April 22, 2014.      REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama assures Asian allies

TOKYO - President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies.  Full Article 

Ukraine government resumes offensive, hopes for more U.S. help 4:30am EDT

KIEV - Ukraine's government has formally ended an Easter truce and is relaunching the "active phase" of an "anti-terrorist operation" to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday. | Video

Divers operate at the site where the apac\krishcapsized passenger ship Sewol sank in the sea off Jindo, during the search and rescue operation in the sea off Jindo, April 22, 2014, in this picture provided by South Korean Navy and released by Yonhap on April 23, 2014. REUTERS/South Korean Navy/Yonhap

Divers hunt for corpses in sunken ferry

MOKPO/SEOUL - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into the sunken ferry, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.  Full Article | Video 

A general view shows the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in Shenzhen, Guangdong province June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

NSA spying reports won't affect growth: Huawei

SHENZHEN - China's Huawei Technologies shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the U.S. accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters.  Full Article 

A woman, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathes through an oxygen mask inside a field hospital in Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas

BEIRUT - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country.  Full Article 

Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper appears before the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats" in Washington February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The top spook’s stupid gag order

The nation’s top spy has prohibited all of his spies from talking with reporters about “intelligence-related information” unless officially authorized to speak. This increases the insularity of the national security state, making the public less safe, not more.  Full Article 

Reihan Salam

The Cliven Bundy in us all

Before we judge Cliven Bundy too harshly, we ought to first consider our own sense of entitlement.  Commentary 

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