Special Reports

Insight - Army splits that let Yemen's capital fall augur new risks

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SANAA - As fighting raged at the First Armoured Division's base in central Sanaa, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar arrived in a motorcade at the general staff headquarters and entered the building shouting "Treason! Treason!".

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Special Report - How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan 2:43am GMT

TAIPEI/HONG KONG - Ever since a civil war split the two sides more than 60 years ago, China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that needs to be absorbed into the mainland. To that end, the legion of Taiwanese businessmen working in China is a beachhead.

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Insight - Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents 26 Nov 2014

BRUSSELS - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an ageing Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants.

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Special Report - Putin's allies channelled billions to Ukraine oligarch 26 Nov 2014

By Stephen Grey, Tom Bergin, Sevgil Musaieva and Roman Anin

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Insight - Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start 26 Nov 2014

SEINE-ST-DENIS, France - When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.

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Insight - Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions 26 Nov 2014

BRUSSELS - At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago.

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Insight - Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin 25 Nov 2014

BERLIN - After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed.

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Special Report - UK banks say 'smart' clients don't deserve compensation 25 Nov 2014

LONDON - Scott Wotherspoon runs a small tiling firm in Scotland. In 2008, when he bought a shopfitting company, he asked his accountants to check its books. There was no problem with the shopfitter. But Wotherspoon was about to run into trouble with his bank.

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Insight - Why a small North Dakota town is taking on Big Rail 25 Nov 2014

ENDERLIN, N.D. - After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.

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Insight - In Modi’s India, green shoots of reform from a desert state 25 Nov 2014

JAIPUR, India - The reformist government that many Indians and free-market flag-bearers had hoped would emerge after this year's election isn't in New Delhi - at least not yet. It's a dusty day's drive to the southwest.

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Taliban kill five in Kabul in attacks on British embassy car, foreign compound

KABUL - The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city centre in the evening, officials and witnesses said. | Video