Special Reports

Special Report: Why Madrid's poor fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone

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Madrid - Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors including Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the time, the tenants were told their rental conditions would remain the same.

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Mario Draghi's German problem 23 Oct 2014

BERLIN/FRANKFURT/PARIS - In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians.

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Special Report: Why Ukraine's revolution remains unfinished 23 Oct 2014

(Note: Contains language readers may find offensive in paragraph 12 of section headed 'FEB 21: THE DOWNFALL')

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Bond funds stock up on Treasuries in prep for market shock 23 Oct 2014

BOSTON - U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations.

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Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan 22 Oct 2014

JERUSALEM - If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

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Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls' 22 Oct 2014

- For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade 22 Oct 2014

PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

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In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support 21 Oct 2014

KUNDUZ CITY Afghanistan - Sardar, a 23-year-old working in his brother's barber shop in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said local officials had asked for bribes to resolve a long-running family dispute over land.

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Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect 21 Oct 2014

- It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Suddenly, a young man grabbed her, punched her in the face several times, knocked her down to the pavement and stole her phone.

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Yemen on the brink as rebels oust the old guard 14 Oct 2014

SANAA/DUBAI - The Houthi rebels who stunned the Arab world with the sudden seizure of Yemen's capital will have to strive to cement their power in the face of well-armed rivals, a test of strength that could tip the unstable country deeper into turmoil.

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'We won't pay,' furious Cameron tells EU over surprise bill

BRUSSELS - In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro (1.65 billion pounds) bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used. | Video