Special Reports


Insight - Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt


REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders say the proxy army could spark opposition infighting. | Video

Insight - Two migrant sisters from Syria, now worlds apart

BEIRUT - In a small town south of Beirut, Fawziyeh keeps her apartment immaculately clean despite its crumbling walls and the plastic sheets flapping across its windows. She shares the three-bedroom flat with 12 others including her five children – all, like her, refugees from Syria.

27 Apr 2015

Insight - Pakistan military's move on Karachi seen part of 'creeping coup'

ISLAMABAD - The chief of Pakistan's main spy agency is spearheading a campaign to wrest control of the teeming port city of Karachi from a powerful political party, the military's latest, and some say boldest, foray into civilian life in recent years.

27 Apr 2015

Insight - Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

27 Apr 2015

Insight - Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world

WASHINGTON - The notion that one man trading from his parents' house in a working class London suburb had a material role in the 2010 Wall Street flash crash has aroused increasing skepticism from investors and traders since charges were brought on Tuesday.

25 Apr 2015

Insight - New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

CHICAGO - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat.

26 Apr 2015

Insight - France's 'economic patriotism' is not what it seems

PARIS - Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes - showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism".

24 Apr 2015

Special Report - British voters heading for a Disunited Kingdom

GLOUCESTER, England - Like millions of other British voters, Karl Wakeman supported Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives in the 1980s and then Tony Blair’s New Labour in the late 1990s. But now, as Britain heads towards a general election on May 7, the 49-year-old from Gloucester has no time for either of the two parties that have dominated British politics for decades.

23 Apr 2015

Insight - How Wall Street came out on gay marriage

WASHINGTON - On March 6, the day of the U.S. Supreme Court's deadline for legal briefs backing same-sex marriage, gay rights activists quietly celebrated a victory on Wall Street.

23 Apr 2015

Insight - Part-time 'slack' may be nearing its end as Fed debates hike

WASHINGTON - U.S. part-time employment is fast-approaching levels common since the 1970s in a sign that a key part of labour market slack may be almost gone, giving the Fed one less reason to delay hiking interest rates frozen near zero for more than six years.

22 Apr 2015

Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. | Video