Us president Barack Obama meets with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the  White House in  2011. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry, in an unprecedented snub, have made it clear that they will not meet with Israeli prime(...)

Stephen Hung has ordered 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

How many Rolls-Royce cars can you buy for $20m? One Chinese businessman knows the answer.In the biggest ever single order, Stephen Hung, the flamboyan(...)

Up in arms: a rally denouncing the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa recently. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

During the recent St Patrick’s Day celebrations, parallels weres drawn between the island of Ireland and Okinawa – an island where people have (...)

Bill Gates’s fortune increased by $15.8 billion last year, according to the index, as shares of Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, rose 40 per cent. . Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recaptured the title of world’s richest person with estimated fortune of $78.5 billion.The 58-year-old tycoon’s fortu(...)

Sarah Silverman: credits conservatives with being deviously effective at naming things. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

AS Hollywood bowed down to Hillary Clinton, who swept through on a state visit with Chelsea on Friday, there seemed to be only one person here with(...)