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Nov 4, 2015
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Reuters Select: Suspected money laundering in the Vatican

Exclusive: Suspected money laundering in the Vatican

Vatican financial investigators suspect a department of the Holy See which oversees real estate and investments was used for money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation, according to a report seen by Reuters.

 

Tortured by Islamic State, rescued before execution

Saad Khalaf Ali, an Iraqi former prisoner of the Islamic State, had to answer a final question before his execution: did he want his head chopped off from the front or behind? “It’s up to you,” he told them. Ali can tell his story because he was rescued in a Kurdish and U.S. Special Forces rescue mission. Reuters interviewed him and two other former prisoners in Erbil, where they recounted their experiences under Islamic State rule.

Nov 4, 2015
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Reuters Select: Suspected money laundering in the Vatican

Exclusive: Suspected money laundering in the Vatican

Vatican financial investigators suspect a department of the Holy See which oversees real estate and investments was used for money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation, according to a report seen by Reuters.

 

Tortured by Islamic State, rescued before execution

Saad Khalaf Ali, an Iraqi former prisoner of the Islamic State, had to answer a final question before his execution: did he want his head chopped off from the front or behind? “It’s up to you,” he told them. Ali can tell his story because he was rescued in a Kurdish and U.S. Special Forces rescue mission. Reuters interviewed him and two other former prisoners in Erbil, where they recounted their experiences under Islamic State rule.

Nov 2, 2015
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Reuters Select: All we hear is radio China

All we hear is radio China

The Chinese government controls much of the content broadcast on a radio station that broadcasts to the heart of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. government didn’t know until Reuters told them. WCRW AM 1190 is one of at least 33 radio stations in 14 countries controlled by state-run China Radio International, a Reuters investigation spanning four continents found. The stations broadcast China-friendly news and programming.

 

A doll’s house for a king’s ransom in Sweden

Sweden’s central bank has a problem. It’s keeping rates extremely low as it fights deflation, but this has created a housing bubble and ballooning consumer debt. If it raises rates to stop the housing frenzy, it risks further deflation. As for the people? Reuters found that they generally don’t care. They’re feeling richer than ever and want to spend spend spend.

Nov 2, 2015
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Reuters Select: All we hear is radio China

All we hear is radio China

The Chinese government controls much of the content broadcast on a radio station that broadcasts to the heart of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. government didn’t know until Reuters told them. WCRW AM 1190 is one of at least 33 radio stations in 14 countries controlled by state-run China Radio International, a Reuters investigation spanning four continents found. The stations broadcast China-friendly news and programming.

 

A doll’s house for a king’s ransom in Sweden

Sweden’s central bank has a problem. It’s keeping rates extremely low as it fights deflation, but this has created a housing bubble and ballooning consumer debt. If it raises rates to stop the housing frenzy, it risks further deflation. As for the people? Reuters found that they generally don’t care. They’re feeling richer than ever and want to spend spend spend.

Oct 30, 2015
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Reuters Select: But we like the one-child policy

But we like the one-child policy

China’s decision to scrap the one-child policy isn’t doing much for the younger couples who spoke to Reuters. “People are thinking: Why increase our burden by having another baby?” said Wu Tingting, a mother pushing her one-year-old daughter in a stroller in Zhuhai. One of the biggest reasons: it costs too much these days to raise two.

 

Learning to live with Russian air strikes

Syrian rebels interviewed by Reuters say they are learning to live with Russian air strikes. They are working more closely together and using different tactics to fight back. Knowledge of the terrain is cited as a crucial advantage. Analysts say the government’s modest gains don’t appear to match the scale of the assault.

Oct 28, 2015
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Reuters Select: CEO retirement packages: bigger than yours

CEO retirement packages: Bigger than yours

Most fast food workers do not earn enough to retire with much of a pension. Then there is David Novak, executive chairman of YUM Brands. Novak’s retirement holdings are worth $234 million, more than any other Fortune 500 chief executive. Reuters’ analysis of the retirement packages of top execs makes clear the disparity between what they get and what the rest of us get.

 

China, you can drive my car. Or maybe Japan…

Japan and China are jostling over which country will set the standard for how future electric cars should generate their power. China backs batteries while Japan favors hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Experts tell Reuters about the merits and drawbacks, as well as the billions of dollars at stake.

Oct 28, 2015
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Reuters Select: CEO retirement packages: bigger than yours

CEO retirement packages: Bigger than yours

Most fast food workers do not earn enough to retire with much of a pension. Then there is David Novak, executive chairman of YUM Brands. Novak’s retirement holdings are worth $234 million, more than any other Fortune 500 chief executive. Reuters’ analysis of the retirement packages of top execs makes clear the disparity between what they get and what the rest of us get.

 

China, you can drive my car. Or maybe Japan…

Japan and China are jostling over which country will set the standard for how future electric cars should generate their power. China backs batteries while Japan favors hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Experts tell Reuters about the merits and drawbacks, as well as the billions of dollars at stake.

Oct 26, 2015
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Reuters Select: Meet the man behind Ben Carson

Meet the man behind Ben Carson

Reuters profiles Barry Bennett, the insider behind the outsider. U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson might be the farthest that Republican voters can get from the party’s establishment, but Bennett, who is using unusual and successful methods to keep Carson near the top of the polls, comes from deep inside the Beltway.

 

Yellen needs to live up to her name this week

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen may need to drop her “good listener” reputation and take a stronger tone at this week’s policy meeting if she expects to keep a December interest rate rise in play.

Oct 20, 2015
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Reuters Select: Intimate murder in Israel

Opinion: Intimate murder in Israel

The latest wave of violence in Israel and Israeli-occupied territory feels more personal than before, writes Mideast politics professor Ronnie Olesker. Knife attacks require physical contact between victim and attacker. “There is something deeply personal about using a knife to penetrate the flesh of another human being,” she writes.

Myanmar’s black market dollars

Banks in Myanmar bought millions of US dollars in the black market this year, financial sources told Reuters, in a resurgence of the kind of unregulated action that flourished under military rule. Now, foreign investors are starting to fear the country is backsliding on reforms.

Oct 20, 2015
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Reuters Select: Intimate murder in Israel

Opinion: Intimate murder in Israel

The latest wave of violence in Israel and Israeli-occupied territory feels more personal than before, writes Mideast politics professor Ronnie Olesker. Knife attacks require physical contact between victim and attacker. “There is something deeply personal about using a knife to penetrate the flesh of another human being,” she writes.

Myanmar’s black market dollars

Banks in Myanmar bought millions of US dollars in the black market this year, financial sources told Reuters, in a resurgence of the kind of unregulated action that flourished under military rule. Now, foreign investors are starting to fear the country is backsliding on reforms.