Protesters hold placards during a protest against the upcoming visit of U.S. President Barack Obama next week, in front of the U.S. embassy in Manila April 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Obama walks Asia tightrope

TOKYO - President Obama welcomes China's rise but he said he won't engage with Beijing at the expense of its Asian allies.   Full Article 

Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on 'aggressors' 8:09am EDT

KIEV - Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States. | Video

Divers operate at the site where the apackrishcapsized 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 | Slideshow 

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 5, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large class action settlements. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Michigan ban on affirmative action upheld

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities.  Full Article 

A man walks past the reflection of newly-built residential buildings at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province April 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

China factory activity shrinks for fourth month

BEIJING - China's factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April, signaling economic weakness into the second quarter, a preliminary survey showed, although the pace of decline eased helped by policy steps to arrest the slowdown.  Full Article 

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 

Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia departs the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington April 22, 2014.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Top court shows little support for Aereo

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical about online TV service Aereo position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.  Video | Full Article 

A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region in this March 16, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/Files

Paying for Nile dam, Ethiopia thwarts Egypt

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub.  Full Article 

Death sparks Brazil favela unrest

apr. 23 - Angry backlash erupts in district overlooking Brazil's tourist hotspot of Copacabana over a death blamed by residents on police. Paul Chapman reports

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