Special Reports

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

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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.

Mario Draghi's German problem

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.

23 Oct 2014

Special Report: Why Ukraine's revolution remains unfinished

(Note: Contains language readers may find offensive in paragraph 12 of section headed 'FEB 21: THE DOWNFALL')

World 23 Oct 2014

Bond funds stock up on Treasuries in prep for market shock

BOSTON - U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations.

23 Oct 2014

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

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.

World, Israel 22 Oct 2014

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

- 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.

Tech, Media 22 Oct 2014

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

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.

World, United Nations, Thailand, 22 Oct 2014

In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support

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.

Afghanistan, World 21 Oct 2014

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

- 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.

World, U.S. 21 Oct 2014

Yemen on the brink as rebels oust the old guard

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.

Yemen, World 14 Oct 2014
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U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

NEW YORK - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. | Video