Special Reports

 

Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram

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KADUNA Nigeria - In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

DAKAR - IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.

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Special Report: Where Ukraine's separatists get their weapons

DONETSK Ukraine - On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

Gold, diamonds feed Central African religious violence

NDASSIMA Central African Republic - Three young rebels, their AK47s propped against wooden stools in the afternoon heat, guard the entrance to the giant Ndassima goldmine carved deep into a forested hilltop in Central African Republic.

29 Jul 2014

Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default

BUENOS AIRES - Factory owner Norberto Garcia was poised to launch a series of new toys this year after grafting hard for the past decade to rebuild his business following Argentina's 2001-2002 economic crash and debt default.

29 Jul 2014

Ivorian revival feeds on troubles in Ghana cocoa sector

ENCHI Ghana - Three years ago, when James joined Ghana's anti-smuggling task force, his job was to intercept illicit cocoa shipments from neighboring Ivory Coast to preserve the superior quality of his country's beans. Now he has to stop it flowing the other way.

28 Jul 2014

Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

TANMEN China - On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea. | Video

28 Jul 2014

Pushing locals aside, Russians take top rebel posts in east Ukraine

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - As Ukrainian troops gained ground in eastern Ukraine in early July, separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, a Russian national, left for Moscow for political consultations.

27 Jul 2014

Far behind Merkel, German left leader plots party revival

BERLIN - The German political landscape is strewn with men who tried to take on Angela Merkel and failed. Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), is working hard to avoid the same fate.

27 Jul 2014

Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

26 Jul 2014
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Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.