Special Reports

Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration

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FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO - BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars.

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Insight - How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist 31 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year.

Insight - Foetal tissue research declining, still important 2:39am BST

CHICAGO - A political battle over the use of foetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. But the controversy comes just as interest in the use of foetal tissue is dwindling, scientists said.

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Special Report - Indian doctor’s legal troubles bedevil World Medical Association 30 Jul 2015

LUCKNOW, India - The former president of the Medical Council of India, which regulates the country’s medical colleges, stood before a judge last week in a dingy courthouse in this northern city.

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Insight - Independent media battle on in Putin's Russia 30 Jul 2015

MOSCOW - Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked.

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Special Report - Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions 29 Jul 2015

KIEV - From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. A burly man with a long, Cossack-style moustache, Korchynsky has several hundred armed men at his disposal. The exact number, he said, is "classified."

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Special Report - Subaru’s secret: Low-paid foreign workers power an export boom 29 Jul 2015

OTA, Japan - Yasuyuki Yoshinaga was in a good mood at the early May earnings briefing in Tokyo. The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. The reason: Dealers were going to hit him over the head for not supplying them with enough of his cars to sell. | Video

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Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash 28 Jul 2015

OSH, Kyrgyzstan - Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.

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Insight - Puerto Rico tourism industry lags rivals, offers little relief from debt crisis 27 Jul 2015

- Puerto Rico may sport palm trees, pristine beaches and glorious weather but its tourism industry is losing out to rival Caribbean islands - and that is holding the U.S. territory back at a time when its deeply troubled economy most needs a fillip.

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Insight - Turkish help for Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing 27 Jul 2015

ISTANBUL - The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old baby tells a story that will loom over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts when he visits Beijing this week.

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Rouhani says nuclear deal a 'third way' for Iranian foreign policy

DUBAI/BEIRUT - President Hassan Rouhani affirmed his confidence in Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Sunday, tackling the criticisms of hardliners and highlighting the achievements of his two-year-old presidency.