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Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

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GENEVA/MOSCOW - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. | Video

U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

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UNITED NATIONS - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

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Exclusive - GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

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Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

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CARACAS - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter.

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Manager at Japan's Fukushima plant admits radioactive water 'embarrassing'

17 Apr 2014

OKUMA, Japan - The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved.

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Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

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LONDON - The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.

Edward Hadas

Don’t bother with share-based pay

Coca-Cola’s controversial share award scheme takes a bad idea to a foolish extreme. Paying workers in their employer’s paper makes no sense. The share price has too little to do with corporate performance, and the work of any single employee has little effect on the share price.  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 

Hugo Dixon

How Greece can turn vice to virtue

The vicious cycle of two years ago is turning virtuous – see Athens' return to the bond market last week. More can be done to maintain momentum, especially rooting out vested interests. As ever, the weak spot is politics.  Commentary 

Nicholas Wapshott

The EU-U.S. love-hate relationship

While the Americans were funding and fixing the world economy, the Europeans decided to belatedly address their under-regulated banking and financial sectors and reform their overly generous labour laws and welfare arrangements funded by high public borrowing they wrongly blamed for the Great Recession.  Commentary 

Julian Hunt and Amy Stidworthy

How cities can help protect citizens from air pollution

When the Saharan dust hit London earlier this month, just as with the smog of the 1950s and of Dickens’s day, the cloud of dust particles was dense enough that less sunlight made it through to ground level. While forecasts and public warnings for such events exist, the experience demonstrated that they need to be related more precisely to health impacts.  Commentary 

Anatole Kaletsky

Behind Wall Street's anxiety

Stock market gains in the next few years are likely to be driven by very different companies than the leaders of the past five years. The bad news for investors is that these leadership rotations generally coincide with temporary market setbacks, since the old leaders tend to retreat faster than the laggards advance.   Commentary