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How Reuters breaks news by mobile alerts

"EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," read the alert from Hawaii Emergency Management Agency shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 14.

How Reuters breaks news by mobile alerts

"EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," read the alert from Hawaii Emergency Management Agency shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 14.

Attendees walk across the plaza outside ahead of oral arguments in the...

From brief to bench, on the beat with SCOTUS

The two Reuters reporters covering the U.S. Supreme Court spend many days buried in a sea of paper. A wall of shelves in the Reuters section of the press room at the Supreme Court is overflowing with thousands of thick legal briefs (a misnomer of the highest order), documenting cases working their way up through the U.S. court system.

A woman injured in a mortar attack is treated by medics in a field clinic...

The Guardian's photographer of the year: Zohra Bensemra of Reuters

In April, Reuters photographer Zohra Bensemra was sent to cover the drought in Somalia. Once there, she looked for ways to humanize the plight of more than 2 million people trying to survive the famine amid fields of withered crops and the brittle skeletons of livestock.

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Every day, Reuters journalists deal with a host of reporting challenges, such as staying connected as a monsoon rages as well as ethical issues like photographing the tiniest victims of war and disaster.

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe

A turning point in Zimbabwe

When a caravan of armored personnel carriers was spotted traveling on the main roads northwest of Harare on Nov. 14, journalists raced to see if it was the start of a coup against Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s long-serving president.

Cattle seized by cow vigilantes pictured in a gaushala, Barsana

Cash cows and rising nationalism in Modi's India

Reuters reporter Krishna N. Das was wrapping up an interview with the head of a group of gau rakshaks – Hindu “cow protector” vigilantes in India – when the man gave him a parting piece of advice: “Let me know if anyone troubles you here, including the police. No one dares to touch our people here.”

A damaged school bus is seen at the scene of a pickup truck attack in...

Sorting through fast-moving information

It’s a short, jerky piece of footage, filmed on what is usually a busy New York City highway near lower Manhattan. A suspect in a striped jacket, waving what appears to be a gun, dodges between yellow cabs, cars and a smashed-up truck as police officers try to arrest him.

Richard Saunders and Angie Saunders in Townsend, Tennessee

How and why Reuters purchased human body parts

Reuters spent more than a year examining the workings of a multi-million dollar industry that dissects, rents and sells human bodies. Such firms, commonly known as body brokers, acquire, usually for free, bodies that have been donated to science. Then they often cut those bodies into pieces and sell the parts for hundreds or thousands of dollars each. The buyers are typically medical researchers, medical-device makers or organizations that train doctors.

Zhang Weixuan poses for pictures in a cafe near her office in Beijing's...

China, Xi’s millennials open up about pressures and dreams

There is a saying in China that describes what it can sometimes feel like to be a reporter here: guăn zhōng kuī bào. Peeping at a leopard through a pipe. You may see one of its spots clearly, and sometimes a few, but it can be a tricky to take in the whole animal.

Michael Rosbash, a Brandeis University professor, retrieves the morning...

Joy and Tragedy: A tale of two photos

In his home just outside of Boston in the early hours of Monday Michael Rosbash, clad in his bathrobe and pajamas, answered the door when a Reuters photographer rang the doorbell.

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