Special Reports

As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya


MOMBASA - One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents.


Insight - From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit 04 Mar 2015

UDHAIM DAM, Iraq - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honourably.


Insight - M&S breaks with tradition to get more agile on style 3:48am GMT

LONDON - Shoppers usually blame dowdy clothes and tired stores for the painful decline of Britain's former retail powerhouse Marks & Spencer . But the parts of the business that customers never see could hold the key to its revival.


Insight - Syria's Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity 04 Mar 2015

BEIRUT - Leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said.


Insight - Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision 04 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. | Video


Insight - Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco 04 Mar 2015

(This version of the Feb.27 story corrects to CFO, not CEO, in third paragraph of second section)


Indiscriminate cuts threaten Italy's healthcare successes 03 Mar 2015

CROTONE, Italy - When an inter-city bus smashed into Giovannina Caprara's car five years ago, she was fortunate to be admitted to coma rehabilitation clinic Istituto Sant'Anna, a rare world class medical institution in one of Europe's poorest regions. | Video

Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak 03 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - Chris Barr had no problem getting his eight children exempted from vaccinations when they went to school. First in California, and later when the family moved to Arkansas, the natural healing practitioner simply signed a piece of paper stating that his personal beliefs didn’t allow the immunisations.

Insight - U.S. mutual funds cut expenses by shifting billions to trusts 04 Mar 2015

BOSTON - Mutual fund companies, including No. 2 Fidelity Investments, have slashed fees on their most popular funds by shifting billions of dollars into collective trusts not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Insight - Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election 03 Mar 2015

N'DJAMENA/YAOUNDE - When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them.


Upbeat ECB ready to start printing money next week

NICOSIA/FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank said it will start printing money to buy bonds next Monday and delivered a robust economic outlook that will make it hard to extend the plan beyond its envisaged Sept. 2016 end-date. | Video