Special Reports

Ivorian revival feeds on troubles in Ghana cocoa sector

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ENCHI Ghana - Three years ago, when James joined Ghana's anti-smuggling task force, his job was to intercept illicit cocoa shipments from neighboring Ivory Coast to preserve the superior quality of his country's beans. Now he has to stop it flowing the other way.

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Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters 4:57am BST

TANMEN China - On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea. | Video

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Pushing locals aside, Russians take top rebel posts in east Ukraine 27 Jul 2014

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - As Ukrainian troops gained ground in eastern Ukraine in early July, separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, a Russian national, left for Moscow for political consultations.

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Far behind Merkel, German left leader plots party revival 27 Jul 2014

BERLIN - The German political landscape is strewn with men who tried to take on Angela Merkel and failed. Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), is working hard to avoid the same fate.

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Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions 26 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

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GM recalls far from calamity for some dealers who find new customers, business 25 Jul 2014

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 25 Jul 2014

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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Lloyds Banking Group to pay $370 million Libor rigging fines

LONDON - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines totalling $370 million ( 217 million pounds) to U.S. and British authorities investigating its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and manipulating fees for a government lending scheme.