Special Reports

Insight - Kuwait attack shows Gulf vulnerability to Islamic State


KUWAIT - By sending a Saudi Arabian suicide bomber to Kuwait and recruiting local members of a stateless underclass to help him attack a Shi'ite Muslim mosque, an Islamic State cell struck at the Gulf Arab monarchy's most potent internal divisions.


Insight - France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears 29 Jun 2015

VIENNA - France has asked its firms to prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program, but Paris' tough stance in talks and ties with Sunni Arab states means its "love-hate" relationship with Iran will continue.


Insight - Syrian insurgents carve out fiefdoms in de-facto partition 29 Jun 2015

BEIRUT - Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip in north-western Syria.


Insight - A nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran 29 Jun 2015

VIENNA - A final deal to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute could heighten domestic political tensions with two major elections looming in the Islamic Republic, analysts and officials said.


Insight - Illinois governor threat to lawmaker air express irks Democrats 29 Jun 2015

CHICAGO - They're nothing special to look at, they can be noisy and some say that inside they smell like old gym shoes, but that's not all that's wrong with the three King Air 350 twin-propeller planes owned by the state of Illinois. For Governor Bruce Rauner, the trouble is that Chicago lawmakers, mostly Democrats, use the planes to fly to the state capital in Springfield.


Insight - Cautious Merkel on verge of biggest risk with "Grexit" 29 Jun 2015

BERLIN - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq.


Insight - Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti 29 Jun 2015

SARNICO, Italy/SINGAPORE - When Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti in 2012, the deal looked like a match made in heaven.

Insight - South Carolina's 'Holy City' united by faith and hospitality 29 Jun 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. - In the midst of mourning the nine victims gunned down at a historic African-American church in Charleston earlier this month, retired nurse Vickie Countryman found herself shopping for an upcoming wedding.

Insight - Green group's unconventional fight against fracking 29 Jun 2015

- The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.


Insight - For many black Americans, Confederate flag debate a distraction 27 Jun 2015

LOS ANGELES - As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her.


Anti-austerity protests in Greece as bank shutdown bites

ATHENS - Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday to back their leftwing government's rejection of a tough international bailout after a clash with foreign lenders pushed Greece close to financial chaos and forced a shutdown of its banking system. | Video