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Italian banks face long, uphill road to modernization

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MILAN Bailed-out Monte dei Paschi, the world's oldest bank and a bastion of tradition dating back to 1472, has entered the realms of virtual reality. It's an unlikely sign of the times.

Special Report: Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

By Ned Parker, Stephen Grey, Stefanie Eschenbacher, Roman Anin, Brad Brooks and Christine Murray

Russia, Nov 17 2017

Special Report: Twice burned - How Mt. Gox's bitcoin customers could lose again

TOKYO When Mt. Gox, the world's largest bitcoin trading exchange, collapsed in early 2014, more than 24,000 customers around the world lost access to hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency and cash.

Nov 16 2017

Special Report: How a defrocked judge became the chief legal enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela

CARACAS Last March, Chief Justice Maikel Moreno shocked Venezuela when his Supreme Court nullified the powers of the National Assembly and transferred them to the 32-judge tribunal.

World, Nov 15 2017

Oil seen as real prize of Iran's Kurdish adventure

By Ahmed Rasheed, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

World, Iraq Nov 14 2017

Special Report: Lead poisoning lurks in scores of New York areas

NEW YORK In public health circles, New York City is known for its long war on lead poisoning. | Video

Nov 14 2017

A year after Trump's election, coal's future remains bleak

WASHINGTON A year after Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to revive the ailing U.S. coal industry, the sector’s long-term prospects for growth and hiring remain as bleak as ever. | Video

Politics, Election 2016 Nov 14 2017

Why Niger and Mali's cattle herders turned to jihad

NIAMEY/NAIROBI When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock.

Special Report: The decisions behind Monsanto's weed-killer crisis

In early 2016, agri-business giant Monsanto faced a decision that would prove pivotal in what since has become a sprawling herbicide crisis, with millions of acres of crops damaged.

Nov 09 2017

Kenya's Nakumatt supermarket chain foiled by explosive growth

NAIROBI The implosion of a family-owned Kenyan mattress shop that grew to become East Africa's biggest supermarket chain is a cautionary tale about trying to grow too far, too fast to cash in on the rapid growth of the country's middle class.   

Nov 09 2017