Special Reports

Special Report - The World Health Organization's critical challenge: healing itself

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GENEVA When executive board members of the World Health Organization sat down for their annual meeting in Geneva in January, many powerful figures spoke forcefully of the need to reform the leading global authority on health and disease.

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Insight - Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies 07 Feb 2016

NEW YORK/BRASILIA Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil.

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Insight - In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger 07 Feb 2016

LILONGWE As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head.

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Special Report - Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers 06 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies. | Video

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Insight - Many Iranian women and youth feel failed by reformists ahead of vote 04 Feb 2016

ANKARA Many Iranian women and young people are disillusioned about the upcoming elections, desperate for reform but losing hope in their pragmatic president and his promise of a freer society.

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Insight - Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest 06 Feb 2016

QIAN'AN/DONGGUAN, China This year, labourer Fan Fu and 20 or so colleagues working on the Zixia Garden apartment complex in Hebei province have not joined China's legion of migrant workers returning home to celebrate new year with their families.

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Insight - BOJ board among those surprised by negative interest rate plan 04 Feb 2016

TOKYO Just days before the Bank of Japan stunned financial markets with its radical adoption of negative interest rates, members of the central bank's own policy board had also been taken by surprise by the move.

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Insight - Succession issue looms large at world's top glasses maker 04 Feb 2016

MILAN For a man who created the world's leading eyewear company after growing up in a Milanese orphanage and learning metalwork in a tool shop, the issue of who to hand it on to should be relatively easy.

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Insight - To silence propaganda, Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline 04 Feb 2016

DUBAI Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State's rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group's potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad.

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Insight - Airline battle brews in Gulf as Iran eyes regional hub role 04 Feb 2016

PARIS/DUBAI An economic battle is likely for dominance of the skies over the Gulf after Iran decided to invest $27 billion in an airline fleet capable of taking on the region's supercarriers.

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Thousands of refugees may enter Britain if it leaves EU - Cameron

LONDON Thousands of refugees could flock to Britain from France if voters decide to leave the European Union, a spokesman for David Cameron said on Monday, underlining the prime minister's stance that an exit would hurt security.