People sing the Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Surrender talks set with separatists as standoff lasts

DONETSK/KIEV - A senior mediator from Europe's OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited.  Full Article | Video 

Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug 19 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website,, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.

A family member of missing passengers who were on the ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo cries next to a a temporary morgue at a port where family members of missing passengers gather in Jindo April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Relatives clash with police as death toll rises

JINDO, South Korea - Angry relatives of hundreds of missing inside a sunken South Korean ferry clashed with police as coastguard divers retrieved 10 more bodies from the ship and the official number of dead rose to 46 people.  Full Article | Video 

Employees of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) work on a subsea mining machine being built for Nautilus Minerals at Wallsend, northern England April 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Nigel Roddis

Deep sea mining robot is ready

NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON - The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.  Full Article 

A man and a girl on his shoulders hold up a paper that reads, "PX (paraxylene petrochemicals) get out of Maoming, return us clean land", as demonstrators gather to protest against a chemical plant project, near the city government building in Maoming, Guangdong province in this April 3, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

China defends plans for petrochemical plants

BEIJING - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants.  Full Article 

Residents look at pictures in front of a museum converted from the house Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez grew up in, at Aracataca April 18, 2014. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Mourning, memories in Marquez's hometown

ARACATACA, Colombia - The sleepy Colombian town that was Gabriel Garcia Marquez's birthplace and inspired him to write 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' mourned its Nobel Prize-winning author with music, candles and flowers.  Full Article 

A Palestinian family sits inside their makeshift house during power cuts in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Gazans plagued by poverty, isolation

GAZA - Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza's economic growth has evaporated. Many families struggle to stay afloat, living on U.N. handouts of rice, flour, canned meat and sunflower oil.  Full Article 

Preparing for Easter in Ukrainian hotspot

April 19 - Christians in Slaviansk prepare to celebrate Easter while separatists man barricades and occupy buildings in defiance of an international deal ordering them to disarm. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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 

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