US president Barack Obama: to announce African investment plan at US-Africa Business Forum. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

American companies pledged new investment in Africa today as part of $14 billion (€10.4 billion) in construction, clean energy, banking and informatio(...)

France’s cconomy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, said yesterday that Alstom’s lucrative gas turbines arm would be purchased by GE and said there would be discussions on the shape of joint ventures in other energy areas ranging from renewables to nuclear. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

France chose General Electric to form an alliance with Alstom yesterday, rejecting an offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – but said(...)

The General Electric  logo is seen on a microwave oven. The company said its third-quarter profit and revenue fell. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

General Electric said today that third-quarter profit and revenue fell, mainly due to its shrinking finance business and the negative effects of forei(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and chief executive of General Electric Jeff Immelt chat with a worker during a visit of a GE plant in Berlin earlier this month. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

General Electric Co beat quarterly profit expectations, helped by cost cuts and sales of jet engines and oil pumps, sending shares up 4.5 per cent.Chi(...)

Publisher Arianna Huffington told students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts:  “What I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world”. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It is that time of year when famous people put on baggy black capes and peculiar hats in order to hold forth on university lawns to thousands o(...)