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Gates to grads: 'You can do better than I did'

Bill & Melinda Gates 2009

Optimism without empathy will not be enough to solve the problems facing the world, Bill Gates told Stanford's graduating class of 2014 in a commencement speech he gave with his wife, Melinda.

Iran hopes to resolve trading freeze with HSBC

HSBC Canary Wharf

Iran is lobbying to get HSBC to process humanitarian trade transactions that Europe's biggest bank has frozen because of concerns about potential breaches of international sanctions, sources familiar with the trades told Reuters.