Melinda Gates

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Winston Churchill: A characteristic of lustful leaders is insatiability. Churchill, commenting in 1938 on the rise of Adolf Hitler, said the appetite often “grows with eating”. Photograph:  Capt Horton/Imperial War Museums

Liz Herring was a driven debater. At school, she carted around a metal box of index cards so she could swot up on topics between classes. A debate tea(...)

World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on January 28th. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the World Health Organisation (WHO) into a battleground for superpower rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Though(...)

Sign of the times: a protester holds an anti-Trump sign during a protest ahead of a visit by the US president  earlier this week, in San Diego, California.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

In numbers: Fishy business €1.15 billion Value of Ireland’s seafood sector in 2017, taking it past €1 billion for the first time, according a report(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of Texas Tribune at the SXSW festival in Austin on Sunday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Critics of the SXSW event usually point to the fact that it has grown too big for any one start-up, organisation or even country to make its presence (...)

Mark Zuckerberg has said he will donate 99 per cent of his Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg sold nearly $500 million (€409 million) in the company’s shares in February to fund his philanthropic investm(...)

epa06042063 Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, during the conference 'The Future of Newspapers' with the leading world players in the information industry, on the occasion of the 150 years of Italian newspaper 'La Stampa' in Turin, Italy, 21 June 2017.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has remained largely invisible in the world of philanthropy. That changed last week in a single tweet - followed by 42,000 more. (...)

Bill Gates. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Gates, most recently named the richest man in the world for the third year in a row, has taken to Twitter to share some life advice with new coll(...)

Future shock: The visions of a wildly prosperous future imagined in the 1950s and 1960s have failed to materialise

Less than two decades into the new millennium, humanity is building new technologies with seemingly limitless practical applications. Yet in The Rise(...)

School children enjoying themselves during the Musical Adventure by RTE National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall where children from eight to twelve were introduced to the workings of the orchestra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1. Almost third of symphysiotomy claims unfounded, report says Over 30 per cent of applications to the Government’s symphysiotomy redress scheme we(...)

Ellen DeGeneres with US President Barack Obama is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

US President Barack Obama paid tribute to comedian Ellen DeGeneres as he awarded her the nation’s highest civilian honour saying she risked her caree(...)

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