| Mar 22, 2011
China has missed the deadline to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling to loosen state controls on foreign media, the U.S. trade representative said, delaying wider U.S. access to its fast growing market for films, music, books and other...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:52 AM
After a superheated rise, China’s economy is starting to slow. Luckily, according to the World Bank, the Asian superpower is headed for a “soft landing” instead of a crash that could overwhelm the multitude of countries with which...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 7:43 AM
The world's 7 billionth person will be born into a population more aware than ever of the challenges of sustaining life on a crowded planet but no closer to a consensus about what to do about it.
To some demographers the milestone foreshadows turbulent...
| Feb 16, 2012
The World Bank passed a big test in December when Congress quietly approved its request for additional funding, part of the development group's first general capital increase in more than 20 years. During a time of fiscal stress and partisan gridlock, the...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 10:40 AM
The cost of food around the world is rising again, due to bad weather, soaring oil costs and strong demand in Asia for imports, according to the World Bank.
Global food prices soared 8% between December and March after dipping late last year from...
| Dec 16, 2007
A neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual.
Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the...
| Feb 13, 2008
ANNE WILLAN is shopping at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market when out of the blue an attractive young woman comes up to introduce herself. "I met you at a Les Dames [d'Escoffier] dinner," she says earnestly. "I just wanted to say how glad I am that you...
| Apr 30, 2007
Should embattled World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz resign, be fired, or at least be investigated for six-figuring his thinly-credentialed girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, into a cushy U.S. State Department job?
If you say yes, look outformer Assistant...
| Jul 7, 2009
Driven, cerebral and pugnacious, Robert S. McNamara was the preeminent policymaker behind the massive buildup of American forces in Vietnam between 1964 and 1968. As Defense secretary for two administrations, he wielded blizzards of facts and figures to...
| Apr 17, 2007
ON TAKING office, World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz set two priorities for the world's premier development institution. He asked for a focus on Africa's persistent poverty, and he targeted corruption that diverts aid dollars from the poor....
| May 18, 2007
WHEN I WAS ASSIGNED to the U.S. Pacific Command in the mid-1980s, we military officers would often discuss the ambassadors in our theater of operations — a huge area embracing more than 30 countries and most of the Pacific and Indian oceans. One...