Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO;…

Jeff Bezos is stepping down as chief executive of Amazon. AMZN 1.11% com Inc. to become executive chairman, marking the biggest change in leadership of the tech giant since he started it in a Washington…

Vaccination Delays Put Global Rebound at Risk

Timetables for vaccinating enough people to effectively curb Covid-19 are slipping in many countries, raising fears that a large portion of the world will still be battling the pandemic and its economic effects well into 2022 or…

U.S. Mounts a Charge to Take On China,…

The auto industry’s quickening shift to electric cars is spurring investment in another emerging industry in the U.S.: manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for those vehicles. China currently dominates the market for producing electric-vehicle batteries. But as…

A China With More Clout Awaits Biden at…

HONG KONG—President Biden has said he plans to work with allies to keep pressure on China, but at the World Trade Organization the U.S. will be facing a rival in Beijing that has become a…

For Wars of the Future, Pentagon Looks to…

OVER THE EAST CHINA SEA—“Go back,” the Chinese air controller warned. “You are now approaching Chinese airspace. Turn around immediately or you will be intercepted.” The crew of the B-52 lumbering 100 miles off China’s…

Covid-19 Tests Are Still Hard to Get in…

Access to Covid-19 testing remains limited in many lower-income areas of the U.S. nearly a year into the pandemic, complicating efforts to contain the spreading virus. Nearly 20% of U.S. counties, or more than seven…

Covid-19 Data Remain Mired in Inconsistencies

When the daily demands of pandemic management subside, researchers will want to survey the damage wreaked by Covid-19 and assess how health-care systems and policy makers responded to the scourge. The exercise will help prepare…

Covid-19 Has Nearly Wiped Out the Flu—How Do…

Influenza, usually raging throughout the Northern Hemisphere this time of year, has become virtually invisible. It is a small bright spot amid Covid-19, although the number of people saved from a flu death pales next…

Joe Biden Calls on Nation to ‘Start Afresh’…

WASHINGTON— Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, calling for unity as he assumed leadership of a nation battered by a once-in-a-century pandemic and the recent deadly…

China Still Grew and Fueled Its Rise as…

BEIJING—China’s geopolitical rise over the past four decades has been fueled by sizzling economic growth that regularly featured years of double-digit percentage-point gains. In 2020, China advanced its aspirations by simply emerging with its growth…

2020 Ties for Hottest Year on Record, NASA…

Rising temperatures last year capped the world’s warmest decade in modern times, federal climate scientists said Thursday. In a new climate study, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ranked 2020 in a dead heat with 2016…

Iran Is Assembling Gear Able to Produce Key…

Iran has taken a significant new step toward possible atomic-weapons production, starting work on an assembly line to manufacture a key material used at the core of nuclear warheads, the United Nations atomic agency said…

TikTok and Discord Are the New Wall Street…

A new army of social media-enabled day traders is helping push stocks to records and turning companies into market sensations. As trading by individual investors boomed during the coronavirus pandemic, so has the popularity of…

Indonesia Plane Crash Search Finds Human Remains, Life…

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Authorities believe they have identified the location of the two so-called black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea carrying 62 people. Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s national transportation…