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Davos ‘boys’ club’ hears call for gender quotas

The World Economic Forum, where only 16 percent of the delegates this year are women, on Saturday heard impassioned arguments for gender quotas to boost female participation in the workplace. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund……

85 ‘global elites’ as wealthy as half of the world’s population: Oxfam

As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a ‘power grab’ by wealthy elites The world’s wealthiest people aren’t known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe –…

Chronic income gap between richest and poorest poses biggest global threat: World Economic Forum

The growing gulf between the rich and the poor represents the biggest global risk this year, the World Economic Forum declared on Thursday ahead of this month's Davos summit. The institution issued the gloomy warning in its annual Global Risks survey……

Developing countries face digital divide: study

SAN FRANCISCO — The World Economic Forum said Wednesday that the BRICS countries, despite their booming economies, are lagging behind their rivals when it comes to capitalizing on Internet technologies. The Switzerland-based non-profit group released a report highlighting that the world’s most developed countries dominate the top of a “networked…

Davos: World bosses gloomy about year ahead

DAVOS, Switzerland — Business leaders are gloomy about prospects for the world economy, according to a major survey of international chief executives released on the eve of the Davos forum. A survey of 1,258 bosses by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum of the global…

Occupiers build igloos ahead of World Economic Forum

In preparation for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, Swiss “occupy” protesters are preparing a unique strategy to maintain their vigil in the bitter cold: igloos. As the world’s most wealthy and powerful business leaders and government officials flock to the posh resort town, occupiers are making use…

Thousands to attend anti-capitalist forum in Brazil

BRASILIA — Tens of thousands of anti-capitalist militants, including members of Spain’s “Indignant” movement and the US Occupy Wall Street, are due to attend the World Social Forum, which opens Tuesday in Brazil. The forum is an alliance of social movements opposed to the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering…

Davos elites to seek reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism

Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as “outdated and crumbling.” “We have a general morality gap, we are over-leveraged, we have neglected to invest in the future,…

Swiss police press charges against anti-Davos protesters

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police will charge more than 100 demonstrators with breaching the peace after they rallied in Bern Saturday to protest against the World Economic Forum that holds its annual meeting in Davos this week. The protesters, some wearing masks, began an unauthorized demonstration but were stopped by…

Europe’s debt crisis poses emerging threat to world economic stability

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe shows that the world’s economic woes are “far from over” and highlights the need for reforms, the vice chairman of the World Economic Forum said on Sunday. “What we… see as we gather in the growing storm of a European sovereign debt crisis is…

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