Family members of passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ 8501wait for information inside a crisis centre at Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java December 28, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Suryanto

Search for missing AirAsia flight halted as night falls

JAKARTA - Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore.  Full Article | Video 

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq 8:48am EST

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces on Sunday conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

A vendor sells apples for between 60-150 rubles per kilogram at the city market in St. Petersburg April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

As sanctions bite, Putin ally gets into apples

ABINSK, Russia – When Russia recently banned imports of some foreign fruit and other foods, it was seen as retaliation against Western sanctions. The move has also been an opportunity for an old friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Full Coverage 

Cuban soldiers hold flags of Cuba and Youth Communist league during a ceremony in Havana November 27, 2014, marking the anniversary of the deaths of student leaders killed during the fight against Spanish colonial rule. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Mystery surrounds U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap

HAVANA - Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba.  Full Article 

Demonstrators in Times Square protest a grand jury decision not to charge a New York policeman in the chocking death of Eric Garner, in New York, December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

When it comes to police, order trumps law

There are many reasons specific to this time that have brought us to this unhappy point in the relationship between the police and society. But the problem of police violence is hardly new.  Commentary 

A woman with an umbrella walks along the shoreline of Lanikai Beach during a brief sunrise sunshower in Kailua, Hawaii, May 28, 2004. BLIFE REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni  LP/JDP

The best places to retire, just for you

Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire. Learn how to use our interactive tool to help you determine the cities and towns that meet your criteria.  Video 

The Sunshield test unit to be used on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, in this NASA handout picture released July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/NASA/Chris Gunn/Handout

NASA readies next phase of Hubble successor

What may not look impressive now is actually the next big technological advancement in space exploration. The James Webb Space Telescope "will pick up where Hubble leaves off."  Video 

A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The stories of 2014

Here's a collection of pictures that narrates its own stories - stories of compelling human drama, political upheaval, war and peace.  Full Coverage 

Adama Tarawallie reacts near her husband Ibrahim, 31, a suspected Ebola victim, as they wait to be transported from Devils Hole North, west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Fighting Ebola

Sierra Leone, neighbouring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases.  Full Coverage 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. French police dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros ($272,800) in the first such operation in Europe a public prosecutor said on Monday.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)

Bitcoin’s defects will hasten its demise

The leading crypto-currency’s economies of scale in mining and its transaction system’s vulnerability to subversion by a dominant miner make it unsound.  Full Article