Special Reports

GM recalls far from calamity for some dealers who find new customers, business

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FOX LAKE Ill. - The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated drivers pouring onto lots like Raymond Chevrolet, outside of Chicago.

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Special Report: Inside Xi Jinping's purge of China's oil mandarins 6:38am BST

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor.

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Irish, Dutch, UK law firms in tax inversion beauty contest in U.S. 24 Jul 2014

NEW YORK - A series of European law firms are aggressively pitching low corporate taxes in their countries to prospective U.S. clients, seeking to tap into the tax inversion frenzy that has seized Corporate America in recent months.

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Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map 24 Jul 2014

KABERLI Iraq - A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

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Germany promises change as arms sales draw scrutiny 23 Jul 2014

BERLIN - For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria.

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Battered by election, Indonesia's new president faces party clash 22 Jul 2014

JAKARTA - After winning Indonesia's closest ever presidential election, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo now faces what could be his toughest battle yet - winning over his own party.

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Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil 22 Jul 2014

TOWNER North Dakota - North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

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Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad 22 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

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Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts 22 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.

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Context means Nibali gets an easy ride on doping 21 Jul 2014

CARCASSONNE France - On the first rest day of the Tour de France, Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford wondered why Vincenzo Nibali was being let off the hook over cycling's doping problem after last year's champion Chris Froome was grilled multiple times on the matter.

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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. | Video