Special Reports


As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts


BERLIN/KIEV - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon

BEIRUT - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat.

6:16pm IST

Insight: How aggressive lending came back to bite South African bank Abil

JOHANNESBURG - Unemployed South African construction worker Daniel isn't sure how he fell so deeply in debt. All he knows is that African Bank Investments , which was bailed out this month, kept offering him money and he kept taking.

20 Aug 2014

Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future

DONETSK Ukraine - The resignations were abrupt and unexpected, two quick-fire blows to a separatist movement already suffering reversals on the battle field of eastern Ukraine.

20 Aug 2014

Boehner's troubles with House conservatives may only get worse

FOND DU LAC Wis. - Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America.

20 Aug 2014

Many who have left U.S. labor force say they would like to return

WASHINGTON - Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over.

20 Aug 2014

Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life

HOUSTON/WILLISTON NORTH DAKOTA - A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers – they're now starting the re-fracking boom.

2:59am IST

In riot-hit Ferguson, traffic fines boost tension and budget

NEW YORK - When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets.

20 Aug 2014

Japan's polarizing PM Abe learns the long game

TOKYO - Shinzo Abe is one of Japan’s most polarizing prime ministers in decades. He may also have a good shot at becoming that rarity in Japanese politics – a long-serving leader.

20 Aug 2014

When companies flee U.S. tax system, investors often don't reap big returns

WASHINGTON August 18 - Establishing a tax domicile abroad to avoid U.S. taxes is a hot strategy in corporate America, but many companies that have done such "inversion" deals have failed to produce above-average returns for investors, a Reuters analysis has found.

18 Aug 2014