Members from the South Korean Navy's SSU (Ship Salvage Unit) work on a buoy to mark the capsized passenger ship "Sewol" during a rescue operation at the sea off Jindo April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

School official commits suicide after ferry disaster

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - The vice principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of his pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide.  Full Article 

At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche 5:37am EDT

KATHMANDU - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

Pro-Russian protesters sit near barricades at the police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk, April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

East Ukraine separatists stay put despite deal

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.  Full Article 

Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez gestures as he attends a dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama's honor at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City in this April 16, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Eliana Aponte/Files

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama argues healthcare law is working

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the Congress in November.  Full Article 

A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah

Syria submits 'detailed' list of chemical weapons

BEIRUT/THE HAGUE - Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.  Full Article 

A fluorescent microscope image shows human embryonic stem cells in this photo taken at Stanford University and released by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, March 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Michael Longaker/Stanford University School of Medicine/California Institute for Regenerative Medicine/Handout

Scientists clone stem cells from adults

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.  Full Article 

British royals soak up Sydney

Apr. 18 - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an agricultural show and a beach in Sydney as part of their ongoing tour of Australia. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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