Special Reports


Syria's Assad gets food lifeline from Crimea


LONDON/MOSCOW Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.

Insight - Romanian ruling party conjures parallel state fears in legal 'blitzkrieg'

BUCHAREST When Stelian Ion set aside law for politics he was hoping to fight for Romania's environment. Instead the opposition lawmaker finds himself in a battle with the ruling party over fundamental changes to criminal law.

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Trump's catch-and-detain policy snares illegal immigrants long in U.S

OCILLA, Georgia Morena Vasquez didn’t want to drive that February night last year, but a co-worker at her job cleaning offices near Atlanta needed some keys dropped off.

20 Jun 2018

A northern Chinese powerhouse grapples with a slowdown as credit curbs hit

TIANJIN, China Cracks are appearing in the economy of the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin as the local government struggles with a crackdown on the credit-fuelled investment that has transformed its skyline in recent years.

15 Jun 2018

Crackdown and cash - Hun Sen's recipe for victory in Cambodian poll

PHNOM PENH Drenched in sweat and more than an hour into a speech urging 16,000 garment factory workers to vote for the ruling party, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia revived the restless crowd by announcing that everyone would receive a cash gift.

15 Jun 2018

Assad's property law hits hope of return for Syrians in Germany

BERLIN Husam Idris dreams of returning to his bakery in the Syrian city of Aleppo. But three years after escaping the war, he worries that a new law allowing the Syrian government to seize homes for redevelopment will scupper his plans.

14 Jun 2018

U.S. Democrats fight for their future in tough statehouse races

TAMPA, Fla./NEW YORK Democrats are making an all-out push to retake control of state legislatures across the United States this fall. But in the states most crucial to the party's future, they face grim odds, a Reuters analysis of election data has found. | Video

13 Jun 2018

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts

WASHINGTON As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck. | Video

13 Jun 2018

'Avatar' tribe poses second challenge to Vedanta after deadly India protests

LANJIGARH, India After an Indian state shut a copper smelter run by Vedanta Resources following deadly protests, the company faces another challenge 1,000 miles away, where axe-toting tribesmen and environmentalists have joined forces to demand the closure of an alumina refinery.

13 Jun 2018

Fed up with rising costs, big U.S. firms dig into healthcare

SAN JOSE, Calif. At its Silicon Valley headquarters, network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc is going to unusual lengths to take control of the relentless increase in its U.S. healthcare costs. | Video

12 Jun 2018

Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks

NEW DELHI From the Himalayan region of Ladakh to the deck of an aircraft carrier, tens of thousands joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to celebrate the fourth International Day of Yoga, with a few wearing masks to highlight poor air quality. | Video