Tensions stemming from the U.S.-China trade war escalated sharply over the last few days, with much happening as Asian markets were shut down for the weekend.China Economyread more
The latest round of tariff announcements in the last few days means that by the end of the year, essentially all Chinese goods exported to the U.S. will be subject to duties.China Economyread more
Futures fell after Trump said the U.S. will raise tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese imports, increasing trade tensions.Marketsread more
Clouding the G-7 gathering, which represents the world's major industrial economies, are the tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing.Politicsread more
China said Friday it will be resuming 25% duties on U.S. autos, and a further 5% on auto parts and components.Asia Marketsread more
World leaders, environmental groups and celebrities have publicly decried the vast swaths of forest being destroyed by the fires.World Newsread more
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says the Singapore government has been preparing for the challenge of an aging workforce "for the past 20 years."Employmentread more
Stocks in Asia fell Monday morning following an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war late last week.Asia Marketsread more
Carl Medlock used to work at Tesla. Now he's one of the few people in the U.S. that can fix the company's original Roadster electric vehicles.Technologyread more
Hours after President Trump said Sunday he had "second thoughts" about escalating the trade war with China, the White House sought to explain his remark because it was...Politicsread more
President Donald Trump said that he would have a major trade deal with U.K. after it leaves the European Union.Politicsread more
Billionaire Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has announced plans to give away his $32-billion fortune to charity in order to build a "better world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity for all."
The prince—who is one of the world's richest people—said in a statement published Wednesday: "I wished to contribute to the elimination of poverty and famine, and to support development, health and education in the most deprived communities."
The money, which he said was his entire fortune, will be pledged to Alwaleed Philanthropies, the prince's charitable organization to which he has already given $3.5 billion. It will be spent on developing communities, providing disaster relief and supporting women and young people, he said.
Alwaleed said philanthropy was an "intrinsic part" of his Islamic faith and that his wealth had been "bestowed by God and by being in this great nation (Saudi Arabia)." Although the money will go to international causes too, he said that Saudi Arabia and the Middle East was his priority.
"Since most of my wealth was achieved from this blessed country, I have made giving back to Saudi Arabia my number one priority, after which our philanthropic efforts will extend to countries around the world in accordance with the regulations governing charitable activities," he added.
Alwaleed Philanthropies has previously partnered with global charitable institutions including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates described the prince's pledge as an inspiration.
"Prince Alwaleed's generous commitment promises to significantly extend the great work that his foundation is already doing. His gift is an inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world," Gates said in a statement.
Talal is a renowned businessman and investor; his Kingdom Holding Company has investments ranging from luxury hotels, including The Four Seasons Savoy Hotel in London, and media, such as News Corp and Time Warner. Alwaleed said that his pledge of $32 billion was separate to his ownership of Kingdom Holding and would not impact on shares in the company. "I'm selling no shares whatsoever," he said.
It's not the first time Alwaleed has made headlines. He is known for extravagant lifestyle and recently came under fire for reportedly offering 100 Bentleys to fighter jet pilots who had taken part in the air strikes in Yemen.
—By CNBC's Holly Ellyatt, follow her on Twitter . Follow us on Twitter: @CNBCWorld