A pro-Russia protester warms himself by the fire on a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 20, 2014.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Deadly gun attack shakes fragile Geneva accord

SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine - At least three people were killed in a gunfight near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.  Full Article | Video 

At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape 9:27pm EDT

TOKYO - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".

Evan Tanner and Chris Minor (standing) from Phoenix International conduct pre-deployment checks of the Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis off the deck of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield into the water to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean, in his image released by the Australian Defence Force on April 20, 2014.  REUTERS/LSIS Bradley Darvill/Handout via Reuters

Australia sees 'regroup' on MH370 search

WASHINGTON - Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia's ambassador to the United States said.  Full Article | Video 

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 

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 

The BMW i8 Concept Spyder hybrid gas/electric car is shown during it's North American Premiere at the BMWi 'Born Electric'; tour's visit to New York, November 13, 2012.  REUTERS/Chip East

Mercedes, BMW chase ultra rich clients

BEIJING - Premium auto maker BMW unveiled a luxury concept sedan in Beijing on Sunday, to gauge customer appetite for a car that would cost more than German manufacturer's current flagship 7 series limousine.  Full Article 

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 

Marijuana fans pack 4/20 event

April 20 - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gather for an annual celebration of cannabis culture while a vending machine promises to make marijuana laced goodies more accessible. Mana Rabiee 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