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Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

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KIEV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. | Video

UK says scrambles jets to see off Russian planes near Scotland

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LONDON - Britain on Wednesday scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace off the coast of Scotland, a spokeswoman from the defence ministry said.

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L), head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (3rd L) and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq (4th L) , hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation

GAZA - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization agree to implement a unity pact, both sides announce in a joint news conference.  Full Article 

People chat near a Portuguese flag in downtown Lisbon April 8, 2013.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after bond sale

LISBON/LONDON - Portugal sells benchmark debt at a record low yield in its first bond auction in three years, a vote of market confidence that boosts Lisbon's chances of making a clean break from its bailout next month.  Full Article 

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South Africa's 'Born Frees' struggle with history

South Africa's 'Freedom Day' will mark the twentieth anniversary of the end of apartheid. For the first generation to grow up with no segregation, it's reason to celebrate - but also to take stock as Hayley Platt reports.  Video | Full Article 

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Unexpected condolences for Armenian killings

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offers what the government says are unprecedented condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers.  Full Article 

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Power Box wireless boost to performance

A Polish company has developed a wireless device which can reduce a car's fuel consumption while boosting its power output. Power Box connects to the battery, allowing the driver to adjust a vehicle's factory engine settings with a smartphone app. Jim Drury reports.  Video 

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (L), guitarist Jimmy Page (C) and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones pose for photographers as they arrive for the U.K. premiere of Celebration Day; at the Hammersmith Apollo in London October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin say they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love"  Full Article | Related Story 

A giant banner supporting La Masia; (FC Barcelona's school for young players) before their La Liga soccer match at Camp Nou stadium against Betis in Barcelona April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona transfer ban lifted pending appeal

BERNE - Barcelona's ban from transfer market activity, due to last until the end of next season, has been temporarily lifted after the Spanish club appealed against the decision, football's governing body FIFA says.  Full Article | Related Story 

Obama, Japan's Abe dine at venerable sushi restaurant

April 23 - President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dine at Tokyo's 10-seat Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant where the chef famously discourages chatting during the meal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Edward Hadas

Inheritance can be less unequal

Family is a big part of destiny, even when opportunities are supposed to be equal. Since children tend to take after their parents, the elite tend to be self-perpetuating, and poor kids will tend to become poor adults. Still, there are ways to soften the injustices of birth.  Commentary 

John Lloyd

The UK’s paradox of faith

The Church of England, long past any power to enforce its faith on anyone, is actually the best guarantee to other faiths that they will find a place in the state and have leave to prosper.   Commentary 

Anatole Kaletsky

Time to stop following defunct economic policies

The economic models studied in universities and published in leading academic journals have nothing to say about lending or borrowing, ignore the existence of banks and treat bankruptcies as unimportant.  Commentary 

Nicholas Wapshott

Yellen shows her hand

Janet Yellen understands that to effect a true recovery, the U.S. economy must first find jobs for all Americans. By far the most effective way of stimulating the economy and creating new jobs is for the federal and state governments to spend freely on infrastructure.  Commentary 

John Foley

Graft purges don’t hurt shareholders – insiders do

The sacking of China Resources’ chairman will worry other state company bosses. But shareholders in Chinese groups have less to fear from government crackdowns on powerful individuals than the culture of treating outside investors as an afterthought. This remains unaddressed.  Commentary 

Dominic Elliott

Credit Suisse still firing on one cylinder

Credit Suisse's private banking arm is pulling in more money. But an 11 percent year-on-year dip in quarterly investment banking revenue suggests the Swiss bank's other main engine isn’t motoring. Paring back further in fixed income would be one way to get things moving.  Commentary