Special Reports

Insight: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues

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- With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.

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Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap 12:57am GMT

ISHINOMAKI Japan - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

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Bad bets take a big toll on the Super Bowl's host city 30 Oct 2014

GLENDALE Ariz. - Welcome to the sports-crazy home of February's Super Bowl.

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As deflation deadline nears, BOJ faces prospect of failure 29 Oct 2014

TOKYO - With just five months left before Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's self-imposed deadline for banishing deflation, the Bank of Japan is preparing for failure, and the first casualty could be its facade of board unity.

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Sanctions bind Russia's energy elite to Putin 29 Oct 2014

MOSCOW - An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia's political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis - an unintended consequence of the West's punitive measures.

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War-scarred Ivory Coast aims to conquer the world of cashews 29 Oct 2014

BONDOUKOU Ivory Coast - Forty years ago, Henri Kouakou was struggling to support his family farming a small plot outside Bondoukou, a dusty town in northeastern Ivory Coast, when he first learned that money did, in fact, grow on trees -- cashew trees.

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Assad's warnings start to ring true in Turkey 27 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - When Sunni rebels rose up against Syria's Bashar al-Assad in 2011, Turkey reclassified its protégé as a pariah, expecting him to lose power within months and join the autocrats of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen on the scrap heap of the "Arab Spring".

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Reinventing Socialism: a risky business for French left 27 Oct 2014

PARIS - As a young aide to then-French prime minister Lionel Jospin in the late 1990s, Manuel Valls sat in on meetings as Britain's Tony Blair and Germany's Gerhard Schroeder tried to persuade his boss to help them reinvent Europe's Left.

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Special Report: Why Madrid's poor fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone 24 Oct 2014

Madrid - Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors including Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the time, the tenants were told their rental conditions would remain the same.

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Mario Draghi's German problem 23 Oct 2014

BERLIN/FRANKFURT/PARIS - In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians.