James Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn, Ex-World Bank Chief, Dies at Age 86

James D. Wolfensohn, an Australian-born investment banker who helped arrange a bailout of Chrysler Corp. in 1980 and was president of the World Bank for a decade starting in 1995, died early Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. Mr. Wolfensohn, who was 86 years old, had a variety of ailments in recent years and died…

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Maradona’s Death Prompts Outpouring of Grief in Argentina, World

Argentina declared three days of mourning as soccer fans across the nation poured into the streets to remember their fallen hero, the star striker Diego Maradona, after his death from a heart attack. “Diego was Argentina in the world, he filled us with happiness and we will never be able to repay the joy,” President…

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Ethiopian Forces Surround Tigray’s Capital as a Decisive Battle Looms

Ethiopian government forces have encircled the capital of the rebel-run northern region of Tigray and vowed to finish their military operation there, a crucial battlefield moment that has sparked calls from the U.S. and United Nations to halt the fighting in the strategically important Horn of Africa nation. Government forces closed in within 30 miles…

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Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Championed in the West to Face Terrorism Charges

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia transferred the case of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism court, raising fears among supporters that she could remain in prison longer despite international pressure to release her. Ms. Hathloul was picked up more than three years ago just as the conservative kingdom allowed women to drive, something she and other…

China Drugmakers

China Drugmakers Face Pressure to Prove Their Covid-19 Vaccines Work

TAIPEI—Pressure is mounting on Chinese drugmakers to show clinical evidence that their leading Covid-19 vaccines work, after early data on three Western-developed shots showed promising effectiveness against the disease. Earlier this week, AstraZeneca PLC and the University of Oxford said their vaccine candidate was anywhere between 62% to 90% effective, joining two other Western vaccine rivals in providing data. The…

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona, mesmerizing soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60

That life came to an end on Nov. 25, when he died at age 60 at his home in Buenos Aires province, his press officer, Sebastián Sanchi, told the news service EFE. With Mr. Maradona’s death, the world lost one of its most gifted athletes and tormented souls. And in a scene envisioned by soccer…

After Trump

After Trump, what’s next for the West’s far right?

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.When it became clear that President Trump had lost the election, another Donald started celebrating. “Trump’s defeat can be the beginning of the…

Gabriele Paolo

Paolo Gabriele, Vatican butler whose leaks exposed turmoil under Pope Benedict XVI, dies at 54

As the butler to Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele lived in a Vatican City apartment just inside the walls of the world’s smallest country. He rose before 7 most mornings, walked four minutes to the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, and laid out the red papal shoes and white dress clothes for the Holy…

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Two singers, an Egyptian and an Israeli, took a photo together. Then came the blowback.

CAIRO — It seemed harmless enough: Two celebrity crooners, Mohamed Ramadan and Omer Adam, taking a photo with each other in a Dubai restaurant. The picture, posted online over the weekend, went viral. Then came the blowback.Ramadan is Egyptian. And Adam is Israeli.That was enough to generate a massive and ongoing uproar on social and…

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Asian shares mixed after Wall Street takes pause on optimism

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday, after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week.A reality check appeared to be setting in amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a batch of discouraging data on the U.S. economy, including jobless numbers.U.S. markets will be closed…