Special Reports


Special Reports - How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies


SHANGHAI/SHELTER ISLAND, New York Thomas Benson once ran a small liberal arts college in Vermont. Stephen Gessner served as president of the school board for New York’s Shelter Island.

Porous Texas border fence foreshadows challenges for Trump's wall

BROWNSVILLE, Texas The rose-coloured border security fence starts in a dusty field on the Loop family farm in South Texas - about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and a mile north of the southern U.S. border. | Video

02 Dec 2016

New evidence shows deep Islamic State role in Bangladesh massacre

DHAKA Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh's worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Islamic State.

01 Dec 2016

Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul

BAGHDAD In early June, two Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias under the nominal control of the Iraqi government stormed into an Iraqi military airbase north of Baghdad. Driving armoured vehicles and wielding rocket launchers, they took over a building on the base.

01 Dec 2016

Hardline Islamists push agenda as blasphemy case ignites Indonesia

JAKARTA When Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had some of the capital's sprawling slums levelled this spring, Muslim groups including the hardline "Islamic Defenders Front" (FPI) moved in quickly to help some of the city's poorest residents.

30 Nov 2016

Fewer North Korean workers come to China as border trade tightens

DANDONG, China A labour agent sat in his bus on a recent frigid morning, waiting to cross the "Friendship Bridge" at China's main border post with North Korea. He had come to pick up migrant workers and take them to jobs in factories and restaurants in China. 

29 Nov 2016

How a rebel Myanmar tin mine may up-end a global supply chain

YANGON/WASHINGTON From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies.

03 Dec 2016

As Zimbabwe's money runs out, so does Mugabe's power

HARARE In Zimbabwe, where worthless $100 trillion (80.36 trillion pound) notes serve as reminders of the perils of hyperinflation, President Robert Mugabe is printing a new currency that jeopardizes not just the economy but his own long grip on power.

25 Nov 2016

Insight - As asylum-seekers clog Italy's courts, Europe is no help

ROME Angelo Trovato is in charge of Italy's asylum-request system, and it shows.

25 Nov 2016

Special Report - How a British town became a hub for online porn and poker

CONSETT, England John Mawson and his wife Sandra live in a cramped one-storey home on a hill near Consett, an old steel town in the north east of England. They have been company directors for years, and between them serve 15 firms. But John had no idea what their companies did until a few years ago, when he looked online. | Video

24 Nov 2016

Modi defends clampdown on cash economy

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday defended his crackdown on the cash economy that has left businesses, farmers and families suffering, saying it was necessary to keep inflation in check and ensure basic amenities for all.