Special Reports

Ferry disaster weighs on S. Korean president steeled by tragedy

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SEOUL, Sept 22 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye's voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster.

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Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election 20 Sep 2014

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.

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A year later, most mega IPOs are mega laggards 18 Sep 2014

NEW YORK - If history is any guide, investors who miss out on getting a slice of Alibaba's massive initial public offering may want to think twice about jumping into the stock once it hits the New York Stock Exchange. | Video

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After Mahmoud Abbas, who will lead the Palestinians? 18 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH West Bank - Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favors Western suits and ties.

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London's young techs find anti-immigrant mood a drag 17 Sep 2014

LONDON - When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city's reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond.

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Europe’s startups get bootcamp booster 16 Sep 2014

AMSTERDAM - In the two years that Rockstart Accelerator - a private bootcamp for tech firms - has been going, it says the 20 startups it has backed have raised 15 million euros ($19 million) and created nearly 150 permanent jobs.

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U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq 16 Sep 2014

By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker

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'Mr. Confession' and his boss drive China's antitrust crusade 15 Sep 2014

BEIJING - A signboard at the top of a staircase in the ageing Beijing offices of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) directs lawyers and company officials to numbered conference rooms for antitrust meetings.