Special Reports


Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq


SHEKHAN Iraq - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop.

In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

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U.S.-led air strikes pose problem for Assad's moderate foes

REYHANLI Turkey - U.S.-led air strikes against al Qaeda-inspired militants in Syria pose a problem for moderate rebel opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

30 Sep 2014

Brazil's evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president

BRASILIA - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation.

28 Sep 2014

Adidas fights to draw top talent to HQ in sleepy Bavarian town

HERZOGENAURACH Germany - Adidas needs world-class designers, brand experts and technical whizzkids to improve its image against U.S. rival Nike , but persuading them to move to its headquarters in rural Germany is difficult.

29 Sep 2014

Russian suspicions of U.S. motives in Syria make cooperation unlikely

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia see Islamic State as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust andĀ agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely, say U.S. officials.

28 Sep 2014

Rwanda court's forgotten men pose challenge to international justice

THE HAGUE/DAR ES SALAAM - Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. But an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in the eastern African state of Tanzania.

28 Sep 2014

Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar

MADRID/SYDNEY - (This version of the Sept. 28 story has been repeated with no changes in text)

Environment, Environment 29 Sep 2014

Gross' sudden Pimco exit may quicken outflows to rivals

Bill Gross, who built Pimco into a $2 trillion asset manager and became one of the world's best-known bond investors, quit the firm he co-founded on Friday after his flagship fund suffered its 16th straight month of outflows and amid a Securities and Exchange Commission probe into whether one of his funds artificially inflated returns.

27 Sep 2014

How Bill Gross became too hot for Pimco to handle

NEW YORK - Bill Gross' abrupt departure from Pimco, the giant bond firm that he co-founded more than four decades ago, was preceded by months of clashes between the star investor and the firm's executive committee that got progressively worse, according to sources familiar with the situation.

27 Sep 2014

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Tuesday to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in Asia.