Microsoft founder Bill Gates has remained on top of the widely-watched Forbes List of the ten richest people in 2015, leaving Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu in second place for the second year in a row.
American Russia scholars have criticized the official US response to the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, calling it too timid. They have called for Washington to at least send its ambassador to the funeral.
The European Union has approved new rules to curb the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment. EU countries are permitted to introduce extra taxes or even ban single-use plastic bags.
Despite public bickering between US and Israeli officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the alliance between the countries "is stronger than ever." His remarks come a day before he addresses the US Congress.
Despite being better educated, women in the region face a host of key issues such as employment discrimination, gender pay gap and a deeply entrenched cultural bias against women working, says MasterCard's Georgette Tan.
Namibia's outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation African leadership prize.The award is meant to recognize good governance in a continent rife with authoritarian rulers.
Hardly any other country has been so scarred by war and crisis as Lebanon.
Turkey has arrested a journalist in its investigation into a "conspiracy" against military officers. Mehmet Baransu was also detained in December for criticizing a presidential adviser.
Unyielding support for Israel has long been a bipartisan pillar of US foreign policy. But Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned address to Congress has further strained his already tense relationship with the White House.
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