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Jun 9, 2011
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Nuclear power in scary places

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Today’s special report “After Japan, what’s the next nuclear weak link?” takes a look at developing countries’ plans for nuclear power. Read the story in PDF format here.

Andrew Neff of IHS Global Insight sums up the issue in this section:

If in a modern, stable democracy, there could be apparently lax regulatory oversight, failure of infrastructure, and a slow response to a crisis from authorities, then it begs the question of how others would handle a similar situation. 

Jun 1, 2011
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Monterrey’s drug war madness cripples model city

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Robin Emmott has been covering the drug wars in Mexico for the past four-and-a-half years, based in the north industrial city of Monterrey. Robin’s special report “If Monterrey falls, Mexico falls” examines the sharp rise in violence in recent years and how the country’s richest city is dealing with it. (Read the story in multimedia PDF format here.)

Here’s what Robin had to say about working on the story:

“Don’t worry about the violence,” the elderly priest said to the congregation in a middle class suburb of Monterrey last month. “Get out there and live your lives. When it’s your time to die, God will decide,” he said in his Sunday sermon as the distinctly bemused churchgoers looked up at him from the pews.

May 27, 2011
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Senators and prosecutors

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Just as media reports came out that the Justice Department was preparing to charge former Democratic Senator John Edwards over allegations he illegally spent campaign contributions to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, our special report on John Ensign by Murray Waas reveals that the Republican senator is also facing renewed scrutiny by federal prosecutors.

The report raises serious questions as to why the Justice Department closed its file on Ensign last December without first obtaining crucial emails later seen by the Senate. Attorneys close to the case say they could be presented as evidence of campaign finance law violations and obstruction of justice.

May 19, 2011
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Will the real DSK please stand up

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As Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to court today for a bail hearing in the sexual assault case that has captivated world media, the big question remains – who is the real DSK?

Brian Love in Paris and Reuters correspondents from around the world try to get to the bottom of this in the special report “The two faces of DSK.”

May 19, 2011
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Ten years of Jeff Immelt at GE: A look back

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Here’s what Scott Malone has to say about today’s special report: “GE thrives, Wall Street yawns, Immelt charges on.”

The ten years that Jeff Immelt has led General Electric Co go down as some of the most tumultuous the world has seen in half a century.

May 18, 2011
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Tea Party redux

Nick Carey was invited on MSNBC last night to talk about his Tea Party special report. Here’s what he had to say:

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May 17, 2011
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Hell hath no fury like a Tea Party scorned

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Here’s what Nick Carey had to say today about his special report “Stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place.”

By Nick Carey

Not long after the battle over the 2011 fiscal budget in Washington ended in mid-April, I received a few emails from Tea Party groups expressing frustration with the apparent failure by the Republican Party establishment to follow through on promises that they would cut spending in that budget by $100 billion.

May 12, 2011
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Bin Laden “wanted to be a martyr.” U.S. obliged.

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Today’s special report ”The bin Laden kill plan” is based on interviews with two dozen current and former senior intelligence, White House and State Department officials. It explores the policies and actions of the United States in its 13-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. 

Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in Bush’s first term, voiced the view that prevailed through two presidencies. “I think we took Osama bin Laden at his word, that he wanted to be a martyr,” Armitage told Reuters.  

May 11, 2011
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With Chinese small caps, it’s buyer beware

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Today’s special report “Chinese stock scams are the latest U.S. import” shows again that when it comes to a bargain, it’s buyer beware. In this case, when a small-cap Chinese stock seems to promise outlandish growth, it might be worth finding out more before you buy.

Some of the questionable companies made their way onto U.S. exchanges via reverse mergers — a private company buys enough shares of a public firm to essentially become publicly traded.

May 10, 2011
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Argentine president keeps nation on tenterhooks

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Helen Popper reports today from Buenos Aires, where President Cristina Fernandez is keeping voters and financial markets guessing on whether she will run for a second term. See our special report “Widowhood, Peron nostalgia and Argentine politics.”

President Fernandez’s approval rating is now running at more than 50 percent, about the same level as when she was elected to suceed her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner.