People look at a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top L), who is being held hostage by Islamic State militants, and Sajida al-Rishawi (top R), an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan, along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japanese hostage's fate hangs in balance

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan to find out what was happening to the Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan.  Full Article 

Dollar set for record run, European shares rise 4:53am EST

LONDON - The dollar was on track on Friday for its best run since it was floated in 1971, notching up a seventh straight month of gains, while European shares headed for their best monthly performance in more than three years.

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Google fourth-quarter revenue misses target

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.  Full Article 

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

A camel rests at a fuel station in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

As gas prices drop, Americans favor oil exports

NEW YORK - Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.  Full Article | Video 

Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock (L) appears before the Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TRC) amnesty hearing with his lawyer Schalk Hugo in Pretoria in this May 24, 1999 file photo. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya/Files

South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' killer

PRETORIA - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole after more than 20 years in prison.  Full Article