Pro-Russia protesters refuse to retreat

Activists stay put in occupied public buildings, ignoring the diplomatic deal that has laid out steps to ease tensions in the country

U.S. inequality looks like Europe before WWI: Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" talks with The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task about the rise of inequality in the U.S.

Geneva talks end with Ukraine agreement

Protesters in eastern Ukraine show no sign of backing down despite diplomatic breakthrough

Nikkei hits 10-day closing high on upbeat U.S. earnings, data

Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) - REUTERS - Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.7 percent on Friday to its highest close in 10 days, buoyed by upbeat U.S. economic data and corporate earnings, though trading volume hit its lowest in almost 1-1/2 years as many overseas markets were closed for Easter. The Nikkei finished at 14,516.27, chalking up a weekly gains of 4 percent, its biggest since November, although that came after it had suffered its biggest loss in three years in the previous week. The broader Topix rose 0.6 percent to 1,173.37. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.6 percent to 10,677.80. ...

China admits widespread soil pollution

A report previously judged a ‘state secret’ reveals that at least 20% of agricultural land, including large swaths of the southern rice basket, is contaminated by industrial pollutants