Special Reports


Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect


- It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Suddenly, a young man grabbed her, punched her in the face several times, knocked her down to the pavement and stole her phone.

Yemen on the brink as rebels oust the old guard

SANAA/DUBAI - The Houthi rebels who stunned the Arab world with the sudden seizure of Yemen's capital will have to strive to cement their power in the face of well-armed rivals, a test of strength that could tip the unstable country deeper into turmoil.

14 Oct 2014

Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

BAGHDAD - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming.

14 Oct 2014

Labor strife, safety concerns push South Africa platinum mechanization

RUSTENBURG South Africa - For decades, production in South Africa's platinum mines has rested on the muscular shoulders of men risking life and limb to drill into the rock face with jackhammers.

14 Oct 2014

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

NEW YORK - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets.

14 Oct 2014

Did Israel's 'Hannibal directive' lead to a war crime in Gaza?

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA - The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.

13 Oct 2014

Why Britain is still losing its fight against radicalization

LONDON - Mizanur Rahman laughs when he recalls the de-radicalization programme he was sent on in 2008 after he was released from a British jail where he had served two years for inciting violence against British and American troops.

13 Oct 2014

U.S. banks ramp up credit card lending but margins may suffer

NEW YORK - As traditional Wall Street moneymakers like stock and bond trading suffer, banks are growing increasingly willing to invest in less glamorous operations: their credit card businesses.

13 Oct 2014

Migrants snared in multi-million dollar kidnap racket on U.S.-Mexico border

REYNOSA Mexico - Tens of thousands of Central American migrants are being kidnapped, abused and extorted by Mexican gangs just yards from the United States in a growing racket that may be worth up to $250 million a year.

13 Oct 2014

In GM bankruptcy, an ex-con and hedge funds find common ground

NEW YORK - Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he’s getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds.

12 Oct 2014

India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting

NEW DELHI - India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.