A South Korean diver enters the water near floats where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank, during the search and rescue operation in the sea off Jindo, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea's Park: Ferry crash 'like an act of murder'

JINDO, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder.  Full Article 

Halliburton sees profit growth on improved margins in North America 8:51am EDT

- Halliburton Co , the world's No.2 oilfield services company, forecast a 25 percent jump in earnings in the current quarter, helped by a recovery in margins in North America and growth in overseas markets.

Pro-Russian supporters attend a meeting at the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Ukraine peace deal falters

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Mark Karpeles (L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino

At Mt. Gox 'geek' CEO sought control, escape

TOKYO - Even as now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox boomed, French-born CEO Mark Karpeles seemed both keen to maintain total control of key operations and indifferent to commercial success, according to former staff and associates.  Full Article 

2014Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, April 14, 2014 in this handout picture released by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Handout via Reuters

Cyclone threatens to disrupt jet search

PERTH, Australia - A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage.  Full Article 

A wooden sign (C) reading "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe" is seen on a ritual offering from the prime minister to Yasukuni Shrine at the shrine in Tokyo in this picture taken by Kyodo April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kyodo

Abe stirs up anger over Yasukuni Shrine

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China and putting regional ties under further strain.  Full Article 

Michael Steinberg arrives at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Insider trading cases face test at appeals court

NEW YORK - An appeals court is set hear a case whose outcome could make it harder for the U.S. to prosecute insider trading and potentially jeopardize several high-profile guilty verdicts, including that of SAC's portfolio manager Michael Steinberg.  Full Article 

A Colombian fan displays his FIFA 2014 World Cup tickets for the match between Colombia and Greece, in Rio de Janeiro April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

World Cup to stoke inflation in Brazil

BRASILIA - As if worrying about unfinished stadiums and overcrowded airports wasn't enough, the upcoming soccer World Cup will give Brazilian policymakers another headache: an inflation spike.  Full Article 

S.Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

Apr.21 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead are tantamount to murder. Sarah Toms reports.

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