People look at a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top L), who is being held hostage by Islamic State militants, and Sajida al-Rishawi (top R), an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan, along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japanese hostage's fate hangs in balance

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan to find out what was happening to the Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan.  Full Article 

Asia wavers, but Wall Street gains lend support 2:08am EST

TOKYO - Asian shares wavered between positive and negative territory on Friday, as a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street helped counter persistent concerns over global growth and sagging Chinese shares.

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Google fourth-quarter revenue misses target

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.  Full Article 

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Politics overshadow Alibaba's fairy-tale run

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce.  Full Article 

Alexey Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered. REUTERS/Courtesy of Alexey Chaban

An act of mercy on a Ukraine battlefield

First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban of the Ukrainian 17th Tank Brigade has become an Internet sensation since he posted an open letter to the mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he had spared during a skirmish last week.  Commentary 

Lockheed Martin inducts the 15th C-5 Galaxy transport to become a C-5M Super Galaxy into its Marietta, Georgia, facilities, in this October 18, 2012 handout photograph released on October 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Handout

Obama to propose spending lift for military

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in U.S. domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration."  Full Article 

A camel rests at a fuel station in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

As gas prices drop, Americans favor oil exports

NEW YORK - Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.  Full Article | Video 

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Armed man forces his way into Dutch broadcaster

A 19-year-old Dutchman with a pistol forces his way into the studios of the national broadcaster NOS and demands to be allowed to go on air, before being arrested by police. Yiming Woo reports.

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