A Ukrainian Orthodox priest gives water to a dog outside a regional government building during Easter in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Gun attack shakes Easter truce in Ukraine

At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday 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 

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote 11:48am EDT

KABUL - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

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 

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 

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 

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in this handout photo provided by NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Shiflett/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Space Station gets Easter delivery of food

A Space Exploration Technologies' cargo ship made an Easter Sunday delivery of food, science experiments and supplies to the crew living aboard the International Space Station.  Full Article 

Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible

April 19 - Russian President Putin welcomes NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Stoltenberg as new head, says better ties with the West are possible. Deborah Lutterbeck 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