Special Reports


Sportsmen fight Trump energy plans alongside environmental left


WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY, Utah When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah introduced legislation last month to transfer about 3 million acres of federally-held public land to state control, he was bombarded by thousands of angry phone calls, letters and social media posts urging him to back off.

After drug war contracting boom, Mexican prisons stand idle

PAPANTLA, Mexico Guards at one of Mexico's high security prisons have to worry much more about criminals breaking in than busting out.

17 Feb 2017

California demand for wind power energises transmission firms

LOS ANGELES A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.

15 Feb 2017

Sold into marriage - how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her.

15 Feb 2017

Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

MANILA Before Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could allow children as young as nine to be targeted in a crackdown that has since claimed more than 7,600 lives.

14 Feb 2017

Murders, robberies of drivers in Brazil force Uber to rethink cash strategy

SAO PAULO On a Thursday night last September, Uber driver Osvaldo Luis Modolo Filho accepted a ride request from a teenage couple on the eastern edge of Sao Paulo, to be paid in cash.

14 Feb 2017

Modi's reforms meet realpolitik in key Indian state election

LUCKNOW, India Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to clean up politics. The man running the ruling party's campaign in a crucial state election, who is facing 11 criminal cases, says it will take a while.

10 Feb 2017

Venezuela falls behind on oil-for-loan deals with China, Russia

HOUSTON/CARACAS Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA, has fallen months behind on shipments of crude and fuel under oil-for-loan deals with China and Russia, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters.

10 Feb 2017

Special Report - The man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois As speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan has outlasted five governors and is now on his sixth. This year, the Chicago Democrat will become longest-serving state or federal House speaker in the United States since at least the early 1800s.

08 Feb 2017

From disputes to a breakup - wounds still raw after U.S. election

WASHINGTON Burning passions over Donald Trump's presidency are taking a personal toll on both sides of the political divide. For Gayle McCormick, it is particularly wrenching: she has separated from her husband of 22 years. | Video

07 Feb 2017

Sensex steady around 5-month highs; telecoms fall

Indian shares hovered around five-month highs on Tuesday with telecoms declining ahead of an announcement by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd while IT stocks extended gains following a share buyback plan by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd .