Special Reports


Insight - How Barclays turned a $10 billion profit into a tax loss


LONDON When Barclays Plc sold a fund management business to U.S. financial group Blackrock Inc. in 2009, the larger-than-expected $15.2 billion (£10.4 billion) price tag was not the only good news for the British bank's investors.

Insight - With Kunduz in crosshairs again, Afghan forces draw on past mistakes

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan Bullet-ridden bunkers and signposts shredded by rockets bear witness to dozens of Taliban attacks this month on police posts around Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that fell briefly in September in the insurgents' biggest victory to date.

27 Apr 2016

Insight - Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits

DUBAI/MOSCOW When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defence system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.

26 Apr 2016

Insight - Yieldcos enabled SunEdison's debt-fuelled acquisition spree

At an early 2015 investor conference, SunEdison’s then-chief financial officer, Brian Wuebbels, trumpeted the profit potential in the solar developer’s relationship with a venture it had recently spun off.

25 Apr 2016

Insight: Taking on Tesla - China's Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk

BEIJING/DETROIT Tomorrow's cars will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks ... and free.

25 Apr 2016

Special Report - Yemen's guerrilla war tests military ambitions of big-spending Saudis

RIYADH/WASHINGTON Six years ago, Saudi and American officials agreed on a record $60 billion arms deal. The United States would sell scores of F-15 fighters, Apache attack helicopters and other advanced weaponry to the oil-rich kingdom.

20 Apr 2016

Special Report - How the World Health Organization's cancer agency confuses consumers

LONDON Thanks to scientists working under the auspices of the World Health Organization, you can be fairly sure your toothbrush won't give you cancer. Over four decades, a WHO research agency has assessed 989 substances and activities, ranging from arsenic to hairdressing, and found only one was "probably not" likely to cause cancer in humans. It was an ingredient in nylon used in stretchy yoga pants and toothbrush bristles.

18 Apr 2016

Insight - How a boardroom feud left Brazilian steel giant on the brink

CUBATAO, Brazil On a warm September morning in 2014, the 10-man board of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas met on the ninth floor of a blue glass tower in Sao Paulo.

18 Apr 2016

China, Japan more upbeat on ties but challenges remain

BEIJING China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.