Special Reports


The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus


BAGHDAD In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi'ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on the dusty ground. A video of the session showed heavily armed militiamen standing guard.

U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army 'cleansing' campaign

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.

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Special Report - More power and a quiet exit for Taser’s best-selling product

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona The X26 is in a class by itself.

21 Sep 2017

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption row

SAN FRANCISCO An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. | Video

21 Sep 2017

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI CITY, Philippines When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbours, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City. | Video

21 Sep 2017

Russia becomes Iraq Kurds' top funder, quiet about independence vote

LONDON Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq's Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, with as much as $4 billion pledged in less than a year, industry sources say.

20 Sep 2017

Special Report - The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt.

20 Sep 2017

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.    | Video

20 Sep 2017

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost. | Video

19 Sep 2017

UK fishermen see Brexit bonanza, but there's a catch

NEWLYN, England/PARIS For the fishermen of this small port on the toe of England, Britain's vote to leave the European Union was an answer to their prayers. | Video

19 Sep 2017

India clinch series with hat-trick of wins against Australia

INDORE, India All-rounder Hardik Pandya celebrated his promotion in the batting order with a breezy 78 to help secure India's series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Australia on Sunday.