More than 3,500 private-equity investors, corporate chief executives, heads of global organisations and government officials from dozens of countries flocked to this week’s conference

Saudi Arabia threw an economic coming-out party of sorts last week, hawking its efforts to liberalise its conservative society and diversify its econo(...)

Marion Dennis with her son, Jamie. Marion is reaping the rewards for participating in the Preparing for Life programme. Photograph: Conor Healy

Marion Dennis was “terrified” when she learned she was pregnant at the age of 42 with her son Jamie, even though he wasn’t her first child. But having(...)

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil and gas company Total SA was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said today. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Total’s chief executive officer Christophe de Margerie died when his airplane struck a snowplough on a Moscow runway, ending a career in which he o(...)