Credit ratings – Graphic of the day

Last week, Moody’s cut Greece’s credit rating deeper into junk territory due to uncertainty over whether the country will be able to reach a deal with its international lenders in time to meet upcoming debt repayments. Today’s graphic lists the long-term sovereign debt ratings for some of the world’s major economies.

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Journalist spotlight: Renee Maltezou on her exclusive on Greece requesting a loan extension

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Reuters was first to report the market-moving submission by Greece of a loan extension request to the European Union. Reuters correspondent Renee Maltezou reported ahead of all Greek media and our competitors that Athens submitted the request for an extension, lifting the prospects that Greece will remain in the euro zone. Renee also reported that the Greek government had dismissed the option of capital controls to shore up bank outflows. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Renee offers a behind-the-scenes look at how she scored the exclusive.

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The world is in debt, not just Greece

There were numerous promises to tackle debt after the global financial crisis in 2007. But eight years on, consultancy McKinsey and Co says the world’s debt mountain is now almost $200 trillion – up by $57 trillion.

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A look at the 25 failing European banks – Graphic of the day

The European Central Banks’s comprehensive assessment found the biggest problems in Italy, Cyprus and Greece, but concluded that banks’ capital holes had since been plugged, leaving only a modest 10 billion euros to be raised. Today’s graphic looks at the 25 banks that failed the ECB’s test, designed to mark a clean start before the organization takes on supervision of the banks next month.

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Reuters top stories in 2012

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2012 was a year of change and turmoil within the business and political arenas – from the ongoing sagas of the Eurozone crisis and Libor scandal, to the first year in the life of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. Discover some of Reuters outstanding investigative journalism and coverage of international events that made the news.

Chesapeake energy series

For years, not even the largest shareholders of Chesapeake Energy Corp knew its CEO’s secrets.  Aubrey K. McClendon, who had founded the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer and served as chairman and chief executive, had taken out more than $1 billion in personal loans in exchange for pledging his share of company wells.  What’s more, he had been quietly operating a$200 million hedge fund from inside Chesapeake headquarters. Both matters were exposed in an extensive series of Special Reports and scoops. As a result, Chesapeake board members stripped McClendon of his chairmanship, the IRS and Securities and Exchange Commission opened inquiries, and the price of Chesapeake stock tumbled.

Greek debt

Reuters has led the Greek debt story this year with a series of major scoops and special reports. Our reporting exposed a series of conflicts of interestinterconnected loans and payoffs that had not been disclosed to investors, highlighted by auditors or investigated by regulators. Our coverage has been spoken about in the Greek parliament and formed the basis of debates on Greek television.

Jihad Jane

In a gripping four-part serial narrative, Reuters reconstructed the making of the so-called new face of terrorism – Colleen LaRose, the blonde-haired, green-eyed, American-born woman who went by the nickname Jihad Jane. Based on our months-long review of confidential investigative documents and interviews with sources in Europe and the United States — including the first and only interview with Jihad Jane herself – our series of Special Reports revealed a far less menacing and, in some ways, more preposterous undertaking than what the U.S. government asserted. Indeed, at almost every turn LaRose and her accomplices bungled their plot to kill the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, Reuters found. (more…)

Long-term sovereign debt ratings – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Standard & Poor’s raised Greece’s sovereign credit rating to B-minus with a stable outlook from selective default, citing Europe’s efforts to keep the country part of the euro. Today’s graphic shows the credit ratings for the US, Japan and the euro zone.

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Greece makes austerity push – graphic of the day

Greece’s parliament overcame divisions today to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. Today’s graphic breaks down the austerity plan.

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Go soft on Greece

Sadly, going soft on Greece might be the best option for international creditors, says Reuters global commentary unit Breakingviews.

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Greece and Germany economic overview – graphic of the day

Angela Merkel braved Tuesday’s protests in Greece to reaffirm her commitment to keeping the debt riddle country in Europe’s single currency. Today’s graphic compares the economies of Greece and Germany using charts of 8 key economic indicators.

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Picture of the Day – 8/2/12

Members of the Greece's far right Golden Dawn party hand out boxes of milk to residents suffering from the economic crisis at the Syntagma square in Athens August 1, 2012.    REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Highlighting the economic crisis in Greece, and the effects it’s having on the population, members of the far-right party handed out boxes of milk to residents.  The ongoing Greek debt crisis has continued its spread across the Euro Zone, with fears of a dissolution of the Zone at an all time high.

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