Special Reports

Special Report - For UK political donors, an unintended tax break


LONDON - Some of Britain's biggest political donors, including a dozen senior lawmakers, have benefited from a little-noticed loophole that lets them avoid tax on millions of pounds in donations to political parties, a Reuters analysis has found.


Insight - Petrobras writedown may give new ammunition to class-action suit 6:13am BST

WILMINGTON, Delaware - Brazilian oil company Petrobras' $17 billion (11 billion pound) write-down, announced last week, may have been meant to close the accounting on a sprawling corruption scandal, but could instead provide fresh ammunition for a U.S. class action lawsuit.


Insight - Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt 27 Apr 2015

REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders say the proxy army could spark opposition infighting. | Video


Insight - Two migrant sisters from Syria, now worlds apart 27 Apr 2015

BEIRUT - In a small town south of Beirut, Fawziyeh keeps her apartment immaculately clean despite its crumbling walls and the plastic sheets flapping across its windows. She shares the three-bedroom flat with 12 others including her five children – all, like her, refugees from Syria.


Insight - Pakistan military's move on Karachi seen part of 'creeping coup' 27 Apr 2015

ISLAMABAD - The chief of Pakistan's main spy agency is spearheading a campaign to wrest control of the teeming port city of Karachi from a powerful political party, the military's latest, and some say boldest, foray into civilian life in recent years.

Insight - Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads 27 Apr 2015

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.


Insight - Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world 25 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - The notion that one man trading from his parents' house in a working class London suburb had a material role in the 2010 Wall Street flash crash has aroused increasing skepticism from investors and traders since charges were brought on Tuesday.

Insight - New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling 26 Apr 2015

CHICAGO - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat.


Insight - France's 'economic patriotism' is not what it seems 24 Apr 2015

PARIS - Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes - showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism".


Special Report - British voters heading for a Disunited Kingdom 23 Apr 2015

GLOUCESTER, England - Like millions of other British voters, Karl Wakeman supported Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives in the 1980s and then Tony Blair’s New Labour in the late 1990s. But now, as Britain heads towards a general election on May 7, the 49-year-old from Gloucester has no time for either of the two parties that have dominated British politics for decades.


Nepal quake victims still stranded, PM says toll could be 10,000

JHARIBAR/SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal - People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after a devastating earthquake destroyed buildings and roads and killed more than 4,600 people. | Video