Ukraine separatists reject deal to disarm

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.  Full Article 

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings 12:05pm EDT

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship "Sewol" which sank, during their rescue operation in the sea off Jindo, April 17, 2014.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Video captures ferry chaos

Video taken shows life-jacketed passengers aboard capsizing South Korean ferry being told not to move.  Video 

Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind with Everest base camp seen in the background, in this May 3, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Laurence Tan/Files

At least 12 killed in Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a tourism ministry official said.  Full Article 

Eric Parker from central Idaho stands watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

After Nevada ranch stand-off, militias in focus

After federal officials backed down in the face of armed opposition to an attempt to confiscate a Nevada rancher's cattle, members of militia groups are already talking about where else they can exercise their defiance.  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 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 

California drought causes rise in beef prices

April 18 - California's worst drought on record has meant less grass for cattle to graze on, driving up costs for beef. Deborah Gembara reports.

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