Microsoft founder Bill Gates  and his wife Melinda Gates. Their foundation is suing Petrobras over lost investments.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust is suing Petroleo Brasileiro and a unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers over a multibillion-dollar bribery scand(...)

“In the US, philanthropy – which literally means ‘love of mankind’ – is seen as a way of participating directly in solving society’s ills and needs.” Photograph: Getty

Put simply, philanthropy is the application of private resources to the public good. Yet in Ireland philanthropy is often misunderstood or treated wit(...)

Of every 100 women who use the withdrawal method, four will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly. For the less skilled 27 out of 100 will become pregnant, according to figures from Planned Parenthood

The cost of contraception and the impact of the recession has had a negative impact on women, a leading family planning agency has said. “The Irish Fa(...)

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a panel session at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

The figures in the Oxfam report were scarcely believable – the richest 85 people in the world share a combined wealth, about €1.2 trillion, equal to t(...)

Billionaire Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft, speaks recently during a Bloomberg Television interview. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, said that by 2035 no nation will be as poor as any of the 35 that the World Bank now classifies as low-income, ev(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will meet United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and other foreign leaders when he attends the UN general assembly this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and other foreign leaders when he atten(...)

When Salman Khan started teaching maths over the phone, little did he think it would expand into an academy instructing more than six million students(...)

Michelle McIntosh, lead researcher of Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, says her group plans to start testing a dry-powdered form of oxytocin by early 2014. Source: Monash University via Bloomberg

A hormone treatment based on technology used in Pfizer’s failed inhalable insulin shows promise in fighting the leading cause of maternal morta(...)

The head of the Bill Gates Foundation told a Dublin conferencve on hunger that the  dominance of Monsanto in the GM sector meant governments were wary of introducing genetically modified organisms.

European fear of genetically modified organisms has more to do with “commercial politics than it does with the safety of the p(...)