No swan song, says Warren Buffett as he quits Gates Foundation

Divorce of Melinda and Bill Gates puts 90-year-old billionaire in an awkward position on the board, says academic

US growth spurt expected as Americans feel free to borrow

Pandemic-related shifts, such as rocketing house prices, are set to undo the effects of the 2008 crisis and usher in renewed expansion

California’s drought threatens to cut crop production, lift food prices

The state’s farms and ranches supply more than a third of US vegetables and two-thirds of its fruit

US opens $500m fund for families of Boeing disasters

Eligible relatives of victims in Lion Air, Ethiopian Airlines crashes to receive $1.45m per family

Fed’s Powell reiterates patient approach to rates and monetary policy

Federal Reserve chair says there will be no rate hike before recovery and  the pace of inflation will fade

Blockbusters are back

Latest Fast & Furious instalment, F9, to mark reopening of movie theatres in North America

Argentina and Mexico recall ambassadors over crackdown in Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega’s government has arrested 14 opposition figures including five presidential hopefuls in recent weeks

US to share millions of Covid-19 shots with poorer countries

White House lays out plan to share 55-million vaccine doses across the globe

Americans keep buying groceries at peak Covid-19 rate

One reason for the sustained lift in grocery sales is that online ordering has made it easier to buy more without the hassle of carrying items through the shop

Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro as Covid-19 deaths pass 500,000

The government faces fierce criticism for passing up early opportunities to buy vaccines

Texas to allow concealed handguns without permit

Governor Greg Abbott says law, which also does away with background checks and firearm training, turns Texas into a ‘second amendment sanctuary’

US youth activists fight for ‘algorithmic justice’

‘These youth are amazing — and they recognise just like they did with climate — that adults have failed’

Fed holds rates at near zero but projects two increases by the end of 2023

Fed pledges to continue asset purchases at   $120bn a month until ‘substantial further progress’ in employment and inflation

Ingenuity of drone pilot helps save injured animals

The drone can pinpoint injured or stranded  animals much faster

Trial of Novavax Covid vaccine finds it very effective against variants

The company plans to apply for regulatory clearance globally, with much of the first available doses going to low- and middle-income countries

Top US court wants Joe Biden to weigh in on affirmative action at Harvard

Should the case be taken up by the Supreme Court, its conservative majority would be given a chance to end the policies used to lift the number of black and ...

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