Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine troops kill five

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

Strong durable goods orders buoy growth outlook 12:03pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter.

A mother whose teenage child was onboard the capsized Sewol ferry and is missing, cries as she reads messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers on the ship at a port where many family members wait for news from the search and rescue team in Jindo April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Tied together in love and death

SEOUL - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart.  Full Article 

TGV trains (high speed train) are parked at a SNCF depot station in Charenton-le-Pont near Paris June 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Would France really let go of TGV?

Reuters Breakingviews discusses the rumors that GE is in talks to buy Alstom and says the timing couldn't be worse for the French government, politically and economically.  Video 

Palestinians hold national flags as they celebrate after an announcement of a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

U.S. may cut aid if Palestinian parties unite

WASHINGTON - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said.  Full Article 

A customer tests an iPhone 5C at an Apple store in Beijing January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Apple's China success sets stage for iPhone 6

Strong sales of iPhones in China and emerging markets sets the stage for Apple to reap even higher profits after it launches the next iPhone and other new products.  Full Article 

Obama reaffirms Japan commitment

April 24 - U.S. President Barack Obama tells Japan Washington is committed to its defence including islands disputed with China. Paul Chapman 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