Students wave national flags during a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Three dead in east Ukraine

MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Separatists have attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard and Kiev says three separatists have been killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine.  Full Article | Live Coverage 

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry survivors 3:05pm BST

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago. | Video

Germany's federal reserve Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann stands beside the door of a giant safe as he poses for a photograph at the money museum next to the Bundesbank headquarters during a photo shoot with Reuters in Frankfurt May 17, 2013.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

ECB hardliner comes in from the cold

FRANKFURT - As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy. No longer.  Full Article | Related Story 

Journalists and guests inspect the new Citroen C4 Cactus, a new crossover model, during a presentation at Le Bourget, northern Paris, February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Europe's car sales upturn fails to halt price war

Europe's car sales recovery may be taking hold, according to registrations data, but a confidential industry survey shows the pickup is failing to halt a price war.  Full Article 

U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speaks to the Economic Club of New York in New York April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Weak U.S. prices the threat now, says Yellen

NEW YORK - Persistently low inflation poses a more immediate threat to the U.S. economy than rising prices, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says, stressing that the U.S. central bank will be delivering policy stimulus for some time to come.  Full Article | Video 

The logo of Sina Corp's Chinese microblog website 'Weibo'; is seen on a screen in this photo illustration taken in Beijing September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Weibo valued at $3.5 billion after IPO pricing

China's Weibo Corp will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq today, amidst concerns about the microblogging service's slowing user growth and the country's highly censored media environment.  Full Article 

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting inside a polling station in the village of Shilatne, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

India's Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE - India kicks off the biggest day of its mammoth general election, with a quarter of its 815 million voters set to head to the polls during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition.  Full Article 

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