A pro-Russian protester wearing a balaclava and holding a baseball bat sits next to piles of bricks and tyres outside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukraine calls 'Easter truce'

The Ukrainian government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend as its U.S. ally threatened Moscow with new sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender.  Full Article | Video 

In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter 9:30am EDT

DAMASCUS - The sound of battles echoes from the outskirts of the capital as Christians in Damascus celebrated the Easter weekend, briefly ignoring the conflict for the yearly ritual.

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 

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 member from the South Korean Navy's SSU (Ship Salvage Unit) dives into the sea near the sunken passenger ship Sewol during a rescue operation in the sea off Jindo April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea - Relatives of some of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs to help identify the dead as a rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.  Full Article | Video 

A woman pauses in front of a makeshift memorial for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier on campus in Cambridge April 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl

The week that changed Boston

A year after twin bombings shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Reuters has compiled a look back at an event that altered the city forever.   Video 

The replica of a neanderthall skull is displayed in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern Croatian town of Krapina February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

NEW YORK - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?  Full Article 

Underwater search for Malaysian plane could end within a week

April 19 - The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week. Mana Rabiee reports.

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 

Keith Koffler

Liberals are winning the language war

Are conservatives linguistically challenged? Or are they just naive enough to think they can win the battle of ideas with — ideas?  Commentary 

Hugo Dixon

How Greece can turn vice to virtue

The vicious cycle of two years ago is turning virtuous – see Athens' return to the bond market last week. As ever, the weak spot is politics.  Commentary