Special Reports

Special Reports coverage from Reuters.

World News6 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Cemetery workers and funeral agency workers in protective masks transport a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), into a cemetery in Bergamo, Italy March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo .

The fight against death pauses every day at 1 p.m.

Special Reports8 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Lori Spencer visits her mom Judie Shape, 81, who Spencer says has tested positive for coronavirus, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2020.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo

Lori Spencer had an uneasy feeling after dropping her 81-year-old mother off at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington on Feb. 26. She felt even worse the next day, when her mother, Judie Shape, threw an uncharacteristic tantrum - begging to leave the facility.

World Newsa day ago

Security force personnel stand guard in a street following Hindu-Muslim clashes triggered by a new citizenship law, in Mustafabad in the riot-affected northeast of New Delhi, India, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

For years, Hindus and Muslims lived and worked peacefully together in Yamuna Vihar, a densely populated Delhi district.

ESGa day ago

FILE PHOTO: Flooded areas can be seen from an Australian Army helicopter after Cyclone Debbie passed through the area near the town of Bowen, located south of the northern Queensland town of Townsville in Australia, March 30, 2017.  REUTERS/Gary Ramage/Pool/File Photo

Only a year after losing their homes to floods in parts of Australia's north eastern coast of Queensland, people are moving into new houses built on or near the same plots.

World News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Medical workers wearing protective masks check patients at a medical checkpoint at the entrance of the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy March 3, 2020.  REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

In Italy, millions are locked down and more than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus. In South Korea, hit by the disease at about the same time, only a few thousand are quarantined and 67 people have died. As the virus courses through the world, the story of two outbreaks illustrates a coming problem for countries now grappling with an explosion in cases.

World News4 days ago

Peruvian anti-narcotics police officers check suspects during an operation at Amazon river in Caballococha, Peru October 30, 2019. Picture taken October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriel Stargardter

Years of rooting out drugs at the Brazilian seaport of Santos had given customs inspector Oswaldo Dias a good nose for suspicious cargo. A shipment of second-hand backhoes, bound for Europe late last year, seemed fishy.

Business News5 days ago

A woman walks near closed shops in Beirut, Lebanon February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

After importing medical supplies to Lebanon for 20 years, Hassan Hamdan shut his business in December. Sales were plummeting, clients couldn't pay, and the dollars he needed to buy imports had dried up. Now he drives an Uber.

Healthcare & Pharma6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jeff Gates processes a patient sample at a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Drugmakers are working as quickly as possible to develop a vaccine to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

Healthcare & Pharma8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People load personal protective equipment and other supplies into a back side entrance of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 7, 2020.  REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo

As coronavirus cases exploded across the world, federal medical workers tasked with screening incoming passengers at U.S. airports grew alarmed: Many were working without the most effective masks to protect them from getting sick themselves.

Special Reports3 days ago

A pallaquera (a female gold picker) climbs on rocks that were discarded from a mine in search of gold, in the town of La Rinconada, in the Andes, Peru, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Mitra Taj

(This corrects story from March 6 to delete Metalor from fourth paragraph of second section, and edit sixth paragraph of fifth section to clarify suppliers' status.)

Business News3 days ago

Oil's $30 price plunge this week has sharply increased strains on a number of pegged currencies in energy-exporting emerging markets, above all in Nigeria and Oman where currencies have come under pressure in forward markets.

World News11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: File photo of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad listening to current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin during a news conference on April 5, 2018, when both were allies. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

In May 2018, Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad was in the grand ballroom of a Sheraton hotel near Kuala Lumpur, jubilantly announcing his return as prime minister after defeating an alliance that had run the country for 60 years.

Technology News11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A woman rides a motorcycle as she passes containers at Hai Phong port, Vietnam September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

For one South Korean multinational company that makes smartphone components used by Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and LG Electronics Inc <066570.KS>, the coronavirus epidemic is dealing blow after blow.

World News12 days ago

Two surviving pigs are pictured in a pigpen at a village in Henan province, China January 13, 2020. Picture taken January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Lee

When the deadly virus was first discovered in China, authorities told the people in the know to keep quiet or else. Fearing reprisal from Beijing, local officials failed to order tests to confirm outbreaks and didn’t properly warn the public as the pathogen spread death around the country.

Environment13 days ago

Than Zaw Oo makes his way on to Hintha Kyun island where he used to farm rice before it collapsed into the river in Mawlamyine, Mon state, Myanmar September 18, 2019.  REUTERS/Ann Wang

From a boat on the Salween River in southeastern Myanmar, Than Zaw Oo pointed to a brown stretch of water he said was once full of lush paddy fields.

Politics14 days ago

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to volunteers during a canvass kick-off as he campaigns in Manassas, Virginia, U.S., March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In his brief three-month campaign for president, Michael Bloomberg poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into building an advertising and data-mining juggernaut unlike anything the political world had ever seen.

World News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An internally displaced Syrian girl inspects outside from a broken window of a van in an IDP camp near Idlib, Syria February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File photo

At a maternity hospital in northwest Syria, an alarm flashes at the main entrance to alert staff. It’s not patients en route to the hospital. It’s warplanes.

Healthcare & Pharma14 days ago

Cancer patient Mostafa Abdullah, 14, lies on a bed whilst receiving treatment at the children's cancer hospital in Basra, Iraq, September 25, 2019. Picture taken September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

On the walls of Basra children's cancer hospital hang photos of some of the youngsters who've been treated there. Most are smiling. Some of the portraits have a black stripe in the upper left corner. Those are pictures of children who passed away.

Healthcare & Pharma15 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Workers inspect the production line at the privately owned Modern Company for Drug Industries (MDI) factory in the town of Abu Ghraib, Iraq, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Iraq's Ministry of Health is turning to private business to help shoulder the cost of upgrading equipment and services.

Healthcare & Pharma15 days ago

Workers manually package medicines at the State Company for Drugs Industries (SDI) factory in Samara, Iraq, February 24, 2019. TREUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Fifty years ago, a much richer Iraqi government spent lavishly on health funding. The state company responsible for drug imports, known by its Arabic acronym KIMADIA, enjoyed such a close relationship with the world's top drug manufacturers that it would fax orders directly and shipments would arrive before a formal contract was drawn up.

World News6 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Cemetery workers and funeral agency workers in protective masks transport a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), into a cemetery in Bergamo, Italy March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo .

The fight against death pauses every day at 1 p.m.

Special Reports8 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Lori Spencer visits her mom Judie Shape, 81, who Spencer says has tested positive for coronavirus, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2020.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo

Lori Spencer had an uneasy feeling after dropping her 81-year-old mother off at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington on Feb. 26. She felt even worse the next day, when her mother, Judie Shape, threw an uncharacteristic tantrum - begging to leave the facility.

World Newsa day ago

Security force personnel stand guard in a street following Hindu-Muslim clashes triggered by a new citizenship law, in Mustafabad in the riot-affected northeast of New Delhi, India, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

For years, Hindus and Muslims lived and worked peacefully together in Yamuna Vihar, a densely populated Delhi district.

ESGa day ago

FILE PHOTO: Flooded areas can be seen from an Australian Army helicopter after Cyclone Debbie passed through the area near the town of Bowen, located south of the northern Queensland town of Townsville in Australia, March 30, 2017.  REUTERS/Gary Ramage/Pool/File Photo

Only a year after losing their homes to floods in parts of Australia's north eastern coast of Queensland, people are moving into new houses built on or near the same plots.

World News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Medical workers wearing protective masks check patients at a medical checkpoint at the entrance of the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy March 3, 2020.  REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

In Italy, millions are locked down and more than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus. In South Korea, hit by the disease at about the same time, only a few thousand are quarantined and 67 people have died. As the virus courses through the world, the story of two outbreaks illustrates a coming problem for countries now grappling with an explosion in cases.

World News4 days ago

Peruvian anti-narcotics police officers check suspects during an operation at Amazon river in Caballococha, Peru October 30, 2019. Picture taken October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriel Stargardter

Years of rooting out drugs at the Brazilian seaport of Santos had given customs inspector Oswaldo Dias a good nose for suspicious cargo. A shipment of second-hand backhoes, bound for Europe late last year, seemed fishy.

Business News5 days ago

A woman walks near closed shops in Beirut, Lebanon February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

After importing medical supplies to Lebanon for 20 years, Hassan Hamdan shut his business in December. Sales were plummeting, clients couldn't pay, and the dollars he needed to buy imports had dried up. Now he drives an Uber.

Healthcare & Pharma6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jeff Gates processes a patient sample at a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Drugmakers are working as quickly as possible to develop a vaccine to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

Healthcare & Pharma8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People load personal protective equipment and other supplies into a back side entrance of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 7, 2020.  REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo

As coronavirus cases exploded across the world, federal medical workers tasked with screening incoming passengers at U.S. airports grew alarmed: Many were working without the most effective masks to protect them from getting sick themselves.

Special Reports3 days ago

A pallaquera (a female gold picker) climbs on rocks that were discarded from a mine in search of gold, in the town of La Rinconada, in the Andes, Peru, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Mitra Taj

(This corrects story from March 6 to delete Metalor from fourth paragraph of second section, and edit sixth paragraph of fifth section to clarify suppliers' status.)

Business News3 days ago

Oil's $30 price plunge this week has sharply increased strains on a number of pegged currencies in energy-exporting emerging markets, above all in Nigeria and Oman where currencies have come under pressure in forward markets.

World News11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: File photo of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad listening to current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin during a news conference on April 5, 2018, when both were allies. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

In May 2018, Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad was in the grand ballroom of a Sheraton hotel near Kuala Lumpur, jubilantly announcing his return as prime minister after defeating an alliance that had run the country for 60 years.

Technology News11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A woman rides a motorcycle as she passes containers at Hai Phong port, Vietnam September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

For one South Korean multinational company that makes smartphone components used by Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and LG Electronics Inc <066570.KS>, the coronavirus epidemic is dealing blow after blow.

World News12 days ago

Two surviving pigs are pictured in a pigpen at a village in Henan province, China January 13, 2020. Picture taken January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Lee

When the deadly virus was first discovered in China, authorities told the people in the know to keep quiet or else. Fearing reprisal from Beijing, local officials failed to order tests to confirm outbreaks and didn’t properly warn the public as the pathogen spread death around the country.

Environment13 days ago

Than Zaw Oo makes his way on to Hintha Kyun island where he used to farm rice before it collapsed into the river in Mawlamyine, Mon state, Myanmar September 18, 2019.  REUTERS/Ann Wang

From a boat on the Salween River in southeastern Myanmar, Than Zaw Oo pointed to a brown stretch of water he said was once full of lush paddy fields.

Politics14 days ago

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to volunteers during a canvass kick-off as he campaigns in Manassas, Virginia, U.S., March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In his brief three-month campaign for president, Michael Bloomberg poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into building an advertising and data-mining juggernaut unlike anything the political world had ever seen.

World News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An internally displaced Syrian girl inspects outside from a broken window of a van in an IDP camp near Idlib, Syria February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File photo

At a maternity hospital in northwest Syria, an alarm flashes at the main entrance to alert staff. It’s not patients en route to the hospital. It’s warplanes.

Healthcare & Pharma14 days ago

Cancer patient Mostafa Abdullah, 14, lies on a bed whilst receiving treatment at the children's cancer hospital in Basra, Iraq, September 25, 2019. Picture taken September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

On the walls of Basra children's cancer hospital hang photos of some of the youngsters who've been treated there. Most are smiling. Some of the portraits have a black stripe in the upper left corner. Those are pictures of children who passed away.

Healthcare & Pharma15 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Workers inspect the production line at the privately owned Modern Company for Drug Industries (MDI) factory in the town of Abu Ghraib, Iraq, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Iraq's Ministry of Health is turning to private business to help shoulder the cost of upgrading equipment and services.

Healthcare & Pharma15 days ago

Workers manually package medicines at the State Company for Drugs Industries (SDI) factory in Samara, Iraq, February 24, 2019. TREUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Fifty years ago, a much richer Iraqi government spent lavishly on health funding. The state company responsible for drug imports, known by its Arabic acronym KIMADIA, enjoyed such a close relationship with the world's top drug manufacturers that it would fax orders directly and shipments would arrive before a formal contract was drawn up.

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