Special Reports


Insight - In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger


LILONGWE As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head.

Special Report - Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

WASHINGTON Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies. | Video

06 Feb 2016

Insight - Many Iranian women and youth feel failed by reformists ahead of vote

ANKARA Many Iranian women and young people are disillusioned about the upcoming elections, desperate for reform but losing hope in their pragmatic president and his promise of a freer society.

05 Feb 2016

Insight - Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest

QIAN'AN/DONGGUAN, China This year, labourer Fan Fu and 20 or so colleagues working on the Zixia Garden apartment complex in Hebei province have not joined China's legion of migrant workers returning home to celebrate new year with their families.

06 Feb 2016

Insight - BOJ board among those surprised by negative interest rate plan

TOKYO Just days before the Bank of Japan stunned financial markets with its radical adoption of negative interest rates, members of the central bank's own policy board had also been taken by surprise by the move.

04 Feb 2016

Insight - Succession issue looms large at world's top glasses maker

MILAN For a man who created the world's leading eyewear company after growing up in a Milanese orphanage and learning metalwork in a tool shop, the issue of who to hand it on to should be relatively easy.

04 Feb 2016

Insight - To silence propaganda, Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline

DUBAI Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State's rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group's potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad.

04 Feb 2016

Insight - Airline battle brews in Gulf as Iran eyes regional hub role

PARIS/DUBAI An economic battle is likely for dominance of the skies over the Gulf after Iran decided to invest $27 billion in an airline fleet capable of taking on the region's supercarriers.

04 Feb 2016

Insight - U.S. eyes ways to toughen fight against domestic extremists

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home.

04 Feb 2016

Insight - Debt-laden Turkish soccer clubs pay the price of ambition

ISTANBUL Ambitions to secure a place at international soccer's top table have come at a high cost for Turkey's leading clubs, which are now struggling to navigate a sea of debt after years of heavy spending.

03 Feb 2016

Jet Airways posts record quarterly net profit

NEW DELHI Jet Airways Ltd said on Saturday its December quarter net profit rose more than seven times, with sharply lower fuel costs helping the carrier post a third consecutive quarterly gain following a series of losses.