Ukrainian Orthodox believers light candles inside a church during Easter in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine April 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Gun attack shakes Easter truce in Ukraine

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - At least two people were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, testing an already fragile international accord.  Full Article 

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote 11:48am EDT

KABUL - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, hunger

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, denounced the 'immense wastefulness' in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before presenting the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pipeline delay to boost Obama's political base

WASHINGTON - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.  Full Article 

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings

NEW YORK - Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust.  Full Article 

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

Prosecutors extend ferry captain's detention

JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew by 10 days as they try to determine the cause of the accident.  Full Article | Video 

Residents stand outside a spaza convienience shop in Cape Town's Imizamo Yethu township, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

'Spaza' shops suffer as big retail rolls in

SOWETO, South Africa - As more people head to a shopping center in this corner of South Africa's black township of Soweto, business has gotten worse for proprietors of "spaza" shops - the informal stores that dot township corners.  Full Article 

Boston set for much anticipated marathon

April 20 - Boston prepares for a historic marathon, and looks to move beyond the shadow of last year's deadly bombings. Jillian Kitchener 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