Investigators begin 'painstaking' probe into deadly Amazon cargo jet crash
Federal investigators on Sunday combed through wreckage of a cargo plane flying for Amazon that crashed into a bay outside Houston, killing all three people on board. The Boeing 767-300, flying from Miami by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings for the online shopping giant, was nearing Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental... Read more
Lebanon nominates Ziad Hayek for World Bank boss
Business and finance Feb 20th 2019 TO HIGHLIGHT UNFAIR hiring practices, some campaigners carry out sting operations on unsuspecting firms. They submit two applications with almost identical qualifications but different genders, races or class backgrounds. You could be forgiven for thinking that the World Bank now faces something similar.... Read more
A new book argues weakened communities threaten liberal democracy
Business and finance Feb 19th 2019 UNTIL RECENTLY, economists’ prescription for struggling places was bloodless: let them die. “Some towns cannot be preserved”, this newspaper argued in 2013, attracting a larger-than-usual volume of correspondence from dissenting readers. But the electoral successes of Donald Trump and the campaign to yank... Read more
The center-right is set to remain the biggest group in the EU legislature after elections in May that should also show a surge in seats for the far-right, a survey by the European Parliament showed on Monday. The German Christian Democrat CDU/CSU alliance led by Chancellor Angela Merkel would... Read more
The biggest bank merger since the crisis may herald more
Print edition | Finance and economics Feb 16th 2019| NEW YORK GIANT BANKS are made, not born. Today’s American behemoths were formed by a dizzying series of deals in the decade before the financial crisis. NationsBank and BankAmerica became Bank of America. Wells Fargo joined with Norwest. J.P. Morgan... Read more
Facebook plans ‘major improvements’ as platforms grow to 2.7 billion users
After a year of trying to clean up messes, Facebook is looking to once again direct focus to new tools across the company’s suite of apps. During the fourth quarter and 2018 end-of-year results conference call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined the company’s plans for 2019 as the company... Read more