Eric Holder: he will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the justice department said. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Eric Holder, the first black US attorney general and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, is to step down after a contentious term marked (...)

Swiss billionaire Marc Rich receiving the Award Honorary Doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.

Marc Rich, the colourful and controversial commodities trader and founder of Glencore who fled the US to avoid federal indictments, has died in Switze(...)

A file picture of Swiss billionaire Marc Rich receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv in May, 2007. Photograph: Gil Cohen/Reuters.

Marc Rich, known as the father of modern oil trading and founder of the group that became Glencore Xstrata, has died at the age of 78, the head of his(...)