Special Reports


Insight - Oil shock to tilt Mexico energy opening in private sector's favour


MEXICO CITY - The allure of investing in Mexico's historic oil sector opening has been dimmed by the plummeting price of crude, putting pressure on the government to offer bigger incentives to private investors in the first major round of contracts up for grabs.

Special Report - Opaque middlemen exact high price in Russia's deals with the West

MOSCOW/LONDON, Dec 19 - Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found.

19 Dec 2014

Insight - Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

19 Dec 2014

Insight - China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises in gambling hub

MACAU - By night, Ieong Man Teng was dealing baccarat to gamblers at the Wynn Macau casino. By day, he was mobilising thousands of fellow dealers to protest on the street for better working conditions and higher pay.

19 Dec 2014

Special Report - Depleted oil field is window into China's corruption crackdown

LIMAU, Indonesia - In a muddy clearing in southern Sumatra, a portable diesel power plant hammers away alongside a wellhead, struggling to extract crude from a depleted reservoir that lies below farmland and rubber plantations.

19 Dec 2014

Insight - After Juncker, Luxembourg seeks tax gurus' help

LUXEMBOURG - When Jean-Claude Juncker was voted out after two decades running Luxembourg, his victorious rivals were eager not to alienate tax gurus who had helped him make their tiny state rich.

18 Dec 2014

Insight - Greek premier prepared European ground before vote gamble

ATHENS - Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has bet on Greece's future with an early vote for the presidency. But in contrast to a recent predecessor, he made sure before dropping the bombshell that Berlin and Brussels wouldn't stand in the way.

18 Dec 2014

Insight - Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate

- A "green" bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them.

18 Dec 2014

Special Report - Inside Iraq's 'killing zones'

BAGHDAD - Shi'ite militias and Iraqi security forces, engaged in an all-or-nothing struggle with radical Sunni group Islamic State, are blasting the Sunni farmlands that encircle Baghdad with heavy weapons. Military officers call their target areas in the rural belt "killing zones."

17 Dec 2014

Insight - Sultan's absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI - Looking frail, Oman's Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

15 Dec 2014

Pakistan to challenge bail for Mumbai attack "mastermind"

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani prosecutors are to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of plotting a 2008 militant assault in India's financial capital that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.