Special Reports


Insight - Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack


TORONTO - The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks.

Special Report - How the IMF’s Greek misadventure is changing the fund

WASHINGTON/ATHENS - Many of the top brass of the International Monetary Fund always had concerns about the plans to bail out Greece. That much was clear as far back as May 9, 2010, when the IMF's 24 directors gathered in Washington to sign-off on the fund's participation in the first, 110-billion-euro ($125 billion) rescue alongside European institutions.

28 Aug 2015

Insight - Manufacturers in Argentina starved of dollars ahead of election, hurting output

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's central bank is reducing the supply of scarce dollars to manufacturers two months ahead of a presidential election to ensure more are available for the nation’s savers, hampering the import of parts and disrupting factory production lines.

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Insight - Best president ever! How Trump's love of hyperbole could backfire

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Manhattan real estate lawyer Jon Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

28 Aug 2015

Insight - Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS - Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has "failed" in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

27 Aug 2015

Insight - FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens

CHICAGO - Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.

28 Aug 2015

Insight - Renewed Kurdish conflict angers Turks, overshadows election

ISTANBUL - Clinging to his brother's coffin, draped in the red Turkish flag, Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet Alkan's outburst was a rare public show of defiance from a serving officer as Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants.

27 Aug 2015

Insight - Rouhani faces pressure for release of Iran's political prisoners

BEIRUT - Having struck a historic nuclear deal to end decades of enmity between Iran and the West, President Hassan Rouhani faces a fresh challenge at home, to win the release of leading political prisoners whose case has polarized the Islamic Republic.

27 Aug 2015

Insight - In Toshiba scandal, the 'tough as nails' target setter

TOKYO - Tom Scott, a former U.S. executive at Toshiba Corp, remembers his former boss Atsutoshi Nishida as an aggressive leader who could motivate staff but also rattle them with tough sales targets and an occasional dressing down.   

25 Aug 2015

Insight - After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used force

NAYPYITAW/YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein had tried and failed at least twice before to topple his arch-rival Shwe Mann, but when armed police burst into the headquarters of the country's ruling party late on Aug. 12 he finally succeeded.

23 Aug 2015