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WEF delays Singapore summit over pandemic

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel and convention center (AN/Fabio Achilli)

WEF postponed its Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore until mid-August due to what it called “international challenges in containing the pandemic.”

Virtual Davos targets pandemic-era mistrust

The central Belvedere Hotel during WEF's Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland in pre-pandemic times (AN/Robert Scoble)

Thousands normally descend on Davos this time of year. But with the pandemic still raging, WEF will meet virtually to take on mistrust and division.

Worlds collide: Trump, Thunberg at Davos

World Economic Forum participants watching U.S. President Donald J. Trump speak on January 21, 2020 (AN/Benedikt Von Loebell)

U.S. President Donald Trump and 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg seemed to be talking about two entirely different planets at WEF in Davos.

WEF’s top 5 global risks all environmental

Loggerhead sea turtle at Mahahual, Mexico along the Caribbean Sea coast (AN/Bryan Katz)

WEF’s annual compendium of the biggest risks on the planet, released to shape next week’s gathering at Davos, overwhelmingly focuses on the climate crisis.

Davos reboots for ‘stakeholder capitalism’

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (AN/GCIS)

Ahead of its Davos meeting, the World Economic Forum released a mission statement for 21st century businesses to elevate the importance of doing good.

EU and 47 nations revive e-commerce talks

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo talks at a Davos session (AN/World Economic Forum)

Plans to establish new global rules for electronic commerce through the World Trade Organization are on again for the European Union and 47 nations.

Leaders urge global oversight of tech sector

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

The tech sector came under pressure for more regulation with the Japanese prime minister’s promise to lead creation of a new system for data oversight.

Merkel: ‘Misery’ without multilateralism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back at the rise of populist authoritarians, saying the world must keep a “clear commitment” to multilateralism.

Nature in focus amid Davos extravagance

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough discuss environmental issues at Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

Never mind their jets, hotels and parties. Some of the world’s most powerful, famous and wealthy people said the natural world is a paramount concern.

IMF: Global growth to slow to 3.5 percent

The 95-story Shard, a supertall skyscraper owned by Qatar, towers over London and its financial district (AN/John Heilprin)

The pace of economic growth globally will likely slow to 3.5 percent due to rising trade tensions and U.S. interest rates, the International Monetary Fund said.