Special Reports

Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

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JERUSALEM - If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

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Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls' 1:05pm BST

- For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade 6:05am BST

PHANG NGA Thailand - When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening.

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In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support 21 Oct 2014

KUNDUZ CITY Afghanistan - Sardar, a 23-year-old working in his brother's barber shop in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said local officials had asked for bribes to resolve a long-running family dispute over land.

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Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect 21 Oct 2014

- It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Suddenly, a young man grabbed her, punched her in the face several times, knocked her down to the pavement and stole her phone.

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Yemen on the brink as rebels oust the old guard 14 Oct 2014

SANAA/DUBAI - The Houthi rebels who stunned the Arab world with the sudden seizure of Yemen's capital will have to strive to cement their power in the face of well-armed rivals, a test of strength that could tip the unstable country deeper into turmoil.

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Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story 14 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming.

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Labor strife, safety concerns push South Africa platinum mechanization 14 Oct 2014

RUSTENBURG South Africa - For decades, production in South Africa's platinum mines has rested on the muscular shoulders of men risking life and limb to drill into the rock face with jackhammers.

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Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized 14 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets.

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Did Israel's 'Hannibal directive' lead to a war crime in Gaza? 13 Oct 2014

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA - The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.