Special Reports


Special Report - Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny


San Antonio, Texas In late 2013, a San Antonio police officer stood accused of handcuffing a woman in the rear of his police car and then raping her. The same officer had remained on the force despite prior sexual misconduct complaints and other brushes with the law.

In fight between casino moguls, a spotlight on the FBI

In April 2015, a sworn statement submitted in a Nevada lawsuit between rival casino moguls Steve Wynn and Japan's Kazuo Okada contained an unusual assertion. Its author said Wynn's head of security had asked to meet him in Japan and then persuaded him to travel to the United States to talk to federal agents pursuing a different matter: a criminal bribery probe into Okada.

11 Jan 2017

Bundles of debt - how lenders sidestep Canada’s mortgage rules

TORONTO Canada's subprime mortgage providers are increasingly teaming up with unregulated rivals to sidestep rules designed to clamp down on risky lending.

12 Jan 2017

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study

ALBA, Italy The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. | Video

11 Jan 2017

U.S. companies have new business risk - being labelled 'anti-American' by Trump

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Some U.S. companies are reviewing potential mergers while others are rethinking job cuts or looking at their manufacturing operations in China for fear of being cast as "anti-American" by President-elect Donald Trump, according to Wall Street bankers, company executives and crisis management consultants.

11 Jan 2017

How ties to an 'equestrian princess' landed Samsung at centre of a scandal

SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co's sponsorship of the equestrian-athlete daughter of a long-time friend of President Park Geun-hye has helped to land South Korea's top company in the centre of the country's influence-peddling scandal.

30 Dec 2016

Special Report - Blood and benefits: Duterte imposes his formula on the Philippines

By Manuel Mogato, Karen Lema, David Lague and Neil Jerome Morales

28 Dec 2016

Serial testers and cursory checks - India's flawed generic drug trials business

HYDERABAD Vasudeva Prakash left his job as a mechanic in Hyderabad three years ago for what he calls a more lucrative career: taking part in clinical trials on generic drugs.

28 Dec 2016

How JPMorgan could not save Italy's problem bank

MILAN/LONDON On the morning of July 29, former Italian Industry Minister Corrado Passera was travelling in a high-speed train towards the medieval city of Siena, racing to meet the directors of the world's oldest bank to present them with a rescue plan.

26 Dec 2016

Behind Tata-Mistry clash, a distinct set of governance rules

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI When Ratan Tata retired as chairman of Tata Sons Ltd in 2012, he proposed a change in the laws governing the relationship between India's largest conglomerate and its key shareholder, according to sources familiar with the situation.

26 Dec 2016