Special Reports

 

U.S. inflation bonds back in vogue

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NEW YORK - U.S. investors are back in the hunt for inflation protection for the first time in two years as rising housing costs - particularly for rent - suggest inflation may finally be waking from its post-recession slumber.

As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving")

01 Sep 2014

Passive funds an active threat for Europe's fund managers

LONDON - Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the vast majority of the money he leaves his wife will be parked in a fund that simply moves in step with an index.

31 Aug 2014

Special Report: The billion-dollar fall of the house of Espirito Santo

LISBON - On June 9, with his 150-year-old Portuguese corporate dynasty close to collapse, patriarch Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgado made a desperate attempt to save it.

29 Aug 2014

Mega-IPO to rekindle the 'bromance' behind Alibaba's rise

BEIJING - Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. tech IPO of all time.

28 Aug 2014

Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

JAKARTA - When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia's presidential election, polls showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto. 

28 Aug 2014

Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims

BEIRUT - As Islamic State militants advanced in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor last month, those who had held out against them faced a simple choice: beg for mercy or face certain death.

26 Aug 2014

A broken man living on dreams pulls Japan into Syria hostage drama

TOKYO - When Haruna Yukawa was captured in Syria earlier this month, a video apparently released by his captors showed them pressing the Japanese man to answer questions friends say he had struggled with for years: Who are you? Why are you here? | Video

27 Aug 2014

Remote, gas-rich islands on Indonesia's South China Sea frontline

RANAI Indonesia - The word "sleepy" could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia's remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago. | Video

27 Aug 2014

Diffuse Hamas structure complicates Gaza peace efforts

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

25 Aug 2014
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Japan and India vow to boost defence ties during summit

TOKYO - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.