Special Reports

Special Report: In 'Umbrella Revolution,' China confronts limits of its power

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HONG KONG - In the heart of Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated districts on earth, an abandoned Hong Kong police van is enveloped in the student-led demonstrations paralyzing swathes of the city. Along with yellow ribbons and flowers, symbols of the city’s pro-democracy movement, protesters have taped a hand-written placard in Chinese and English to the side of the locked and undamaged vehicle.

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Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran 01 Oct 2014

RIYADH - The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard.

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Special Report: In foreign hands, British automakers overtake France 01 Oct 2014

LONDON/PARIS - When Britain lost its last native car company 20 years ago, it was lamented across the political spectrum as a national catastrophe.

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An environmentalist's calculated push toward Brazil's presidency 01 Oct 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia, the capital.

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In attack by al Qaeda, lines blur between Pakistan's military, militants 01 Oct 2014

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

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Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq 01 Oct 2014

SHEKHAN Iraq - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop.

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U.S.-led air strikes pose problem for Assad's moderate foes 30 Sep 2014

REYHANLI Turkey - U.S.-led air strikes against al Qaeda-inspired militants in Syria pose a problem for moderate rebel opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Brazil's evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president 28 Sep 2014

BRASILIA - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation.

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Adidas fights to draw top talent to HQ in sleepy Bavarian town 29 Sep 2014

HERZOGENAURACH Germany - Adidas needs world-class designers, brand experts and technical whizzkids to improve its image against U.S. rival Nike , but persuading them to move to its headquarters in rural Germany is difficult.

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Russian suspicions of U.S. motives in Syria make cooperation unlikely 28 Sep 2014

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia see Islamic State as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust and agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely, say U.S. officials.

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Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resign

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. | Video