Special Reports

Special Report - How the IMF’s Greek misadventure is changing the fund

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WASHINGTON/ATHENS - Many of the top brass of the International Monetary Fund always had concerns about the plans to bail out Greece. That much was clear as far back as May 9, 2010, when the IMF's 24 directors gathered in Washington to sign-off on the fund's participation in the first, 110-billion-euro ($125 billion) rescue alongside European institutions.

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Insight - Best president ever! How Trump's love of hyperbole could backfire 11:03am BST

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Manhattan real estate lawyer John Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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Insight - Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead 27 Aug 2015

BRUSSELS - Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has "failed" in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

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Insight - FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens 27 Aug 2015

CHICAGO - Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.

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Insight - Renewed Kurdish conflict angers Turks, overshadows election 27 Aug 2015

ISTANBUL - Clinging to his brother's coffin, draped in the red Turkish flag, Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet Alkan's outburst was a rare public show of defiance from a serving officer as Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants.

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Insight - Rouhani faces pressure for release of Iran's political prisoners 27 Aug 2015

BEIRUT - Having struck a historic nuclear deal to end decades of enmity between Iran and the West, President Hassan Rouhani faces a fresh challenge at home, to win the release of leading political prisoners whose case has polarized the Islamic Republic.

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Insight - In Toshiba scandal, the 'tough as nails' target setter 24 Aug 2015

TOKYO - Tom Scott, a former U.S. executive at Toshiba Corp, remembers his former boss Atsutoshi Nishida as an aggressive leader who could motivate staff but also rattle them with tough sales targets and an occasional dressing down.   

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Insight - After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used force 23 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW/YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein had tried and failed at least twice before to topple his arch-rival Shwe Mann, but when armed police burst into the headquarters of the country's ruling party late on Aug. 12 he finally succeeded.

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Special Report - U.S. banks moved billions in trades beyond CFTC's reach 21 Aug 2015

NEW YORK - This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished.

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Insight - MH370 debris exposes divisions over air crash investigations 21 Aug 2015

PARIS - Air crash investigators risk being sidelined in a tussle to unlock the secrets of lost flight MH370, fuelling concerns that their role in making flying safer could be diminished.

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Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe

TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck.