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Indonesia's most-wanted awakens new generation of jihadis

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SOLO, Indonesia During a May 2011 shootout, Indonesia's counter-terrorism forces killed the leader of a militant group thought to be behind a series of failed bomb attempts around the city of Solo in Central Java.

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Shipowners slash costs, leaving some crews unpaid, unsafe as downturn bites 2:26am BST

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE/MUMBAI Unpaid, underfed, and thousands of miles from home on a rusting tanker, captain Munir Hasan says he is a victim of a shipowner who has slashed costs in the face of an eight-year shipping downturn.

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Special Report - How Delaware kept America safe for corporate secrecy 24 Aug 2016

DOVER, Delaware, In 2009, a global coalition was pressing governments to lift the veil on corporate secrecy. Its members – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, influential senators, international law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption activists and major American allies -- presented a formidable front in their campaign against money laundering and tax evasion.

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Special Report - Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias 23 Aug 2016

WASHINGTONShi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.

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How a Ukrainian reform backfired, opening a new door to fraud 23 Aug 2016

BARYSHIVKA, Ukraine The goal was to make Ukraine more friendly for investors by reducing red tape. But reforms that loosened the rules for registering ownership of assets have left companies prey to fraudsters who can swipe entire businesses at a pen stroke.

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Special report - Enslaved in Libya: One woman's extraordinary escape from Islamic State 18 Aug 2016

On the night of June 2, 2015, gunmen blocked a highway on Libya's northern coast and stopped a white truck speeding toward Tripoli, the capital. The men trained their assault rifles on the driver. Three climbed aboard to search the cargo.

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Special Report - Not so SWIFT: Bank messaging system slow to address weak points 17 Aug 2016

LA HULPE, Belgium More than a dozen current and former board directors and senior managers of SWIFT, the bank messaging system that helps transmit billions of dollars around the world every day, have told Reuters the organisation for years suspected there were weaknesses in the way smaller banks used its messaging terminals – but did not address such vulnerabilities.

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How U.S. sanctions targeted a Belize banana farmer, and hurt an economy 16 Aug 2016

WASHINGTON When the United States blacklisted John Angel Zabaneh, a banana farmer and exporter in Belize, for alleged ties to a top drug lord, it did more than just sideline one local businessman from the global financial system.

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Special Report - How British firms built a pyramid scheme in China that lost millions 13 Aug 2016

SHANGHAI, China As David Byrne ate breakfast at the Tongli Lakeview Hotel outside Shanghai one Sunday in April, an angry customer was waiting for him.

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Exclusive - Bulgaria's Danekova tests positive: sources 12 Aug 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO The Rio Olympics athletics programme suffered its first doping setback as Bulgarian runner Silvia Danekova has tested positive for EPO, sources told Reuters on Thursday.