People sing the Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 19, 2014.    Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

KIEV/DONETSK - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.  Full Article | Video 

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium 6:31pm EDT

DUBAI - Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.

Students from Danwon high school and other people attend a candlelight vigil to wish for the safe return of missing passengers from the South Korean ferry ''Sewol'', which sank in the sea off Jindo, at a park in Ansan April 19, 2014.   Reuters/Park Jung-ho/News1

Three bodies recovered from sunken ferry

JINDO, South Korea - South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger section of the ship.  Full Article | Video 

Employees of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) work on a subsea mining machine being built for Nautilus Minerals at Wallsend, northern England April 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Nigel Roddis

Deep sea mining robot is ready

NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON - The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.  Full Article 

A man and a girl on his shoulders hold up a paper that reads, "PX (paraxylene petrochemicals) get out of Maoming, return us clean land", as demonstrators gather to protest against a chemical plant project, near the city government building in Maoming, Guangdong province in this April 3, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

China defends plans for petrochemical plants

BEIJING - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants.  Full Article 

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 

A Palestinian family sits inside their makeshift house during power cuts in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Gazans plagued by poverty, isolation

GAZA - Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza's economic growth has evaporated. Many families struggle to stay afloat, living on U.N. handouts of rice, flour, canned meat and sunflower oil.  Full Article 

Remembering Oklahoma bombing, 19 years on

April 19 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial holds a 19th anniversary remembrance ceremony, paying tribute to the 168 lives lost in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. Jillian Kitchener 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