Special Reports

Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill


- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

- Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

17 Apr 2014

Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned kingdom

AMMAN - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return.

World, Syria 17 Apr 2014

ECB hardliner Weidmann comes in from the cold as deflation threatens

FRANKFURT - As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy. No longer.

17 Apr 2014

Insight: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California - In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

Environment, Japan 17 Apr 2014

China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.

World, China 17 Apr 2014

BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley

- The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. Instead, there are hot sports cars in the streets and new companies filling the refurbished office buildings. | Video

Tech, Media, Small Business 16 Apr 2014

After success on Iran, U.S. Treasury's sanctions team faces new challenges

WASHINGTON - This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference table are mostly young. There is talk of targets, and of middle-of-the-night calls to Europe.

Politics, Davos, Afghanistan 14 Apr 2014

Insight: Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbors

MILAN/LONDON - Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.

World, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel 14 Apr 2014

Insight: Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

DETROIT/WASHINGTON - The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for General Motors Co. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models.

11 Apr 2014

Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive. | Video