Special Reports

Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes


KIGALI/ABIDJAN Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative.

Concrete and coral - Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concerns

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings.  | Video

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Israel's defence expertise drives tech boom for autonomous cars

SHFAYIM, Israel Technology that has helped Israel's military drive tanks, guide and intercept missiles, and keep its computer systems secure is being redeployed in the development of driverless cars.

23 May 2018

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

22 May 2018

Vietnam set to tighten clamps on Facebook and Google, threatening dissidents

HANOI/SINGAPORE A struggle over internet laws in Vietnam is pitting a government keen on maintaining tight control against U.S. technology companies trying to fight off onerous new rules - with the country's online dissidents among the biggest losers. | Video

18 May 2018

Big Ag turns to peas to meet soaring global protein demand

Cargill, the global grains trader, sees the future of protein in the humble pea.

18 May 2018

Benghazi's displaced: a litmus test for Libya

TRIPOLI With two brothers in jail, the family house gone and her papers lost in the battle for Benghazi, Fatma is finding it hard to restart her life at the other end of Libya but impossible to imagine going back.

17 May 2018

A Venezuelan paradox - Maduro's critics long for change but won't vote

CARACAS Months before Venezuela's opposition coalition called for abstention in Sunday's presidential election, college student Ana Romano had already decided not to vote.

16 May 2018

From war room to boardroom. Military firms flourish in Sisi's Egypt

CAIRO In a four-decade military career, Osama Abdel Meguid served in the first Gulf War and was an assistant military attaché in the United States.

16 May 2018

How Rusal escaped the noose of U.S. sanctions

LONDON/PARIS/WASHINGTON They were supposed to be the toughest sanctions the United States had ever imposed on a Russian oligarch. Seventeen days later, Washington watered them down.

16 May 2018