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Hong Kong-based business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Li Ka-shing
Hong Kong-based business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Li Ka-shing
Harel Eilam

TEL AVIV — "One of my mentors and a very dear Jewish friend once shared with me the meaning of the Hebrew words Tzdakah ("alms') and Tikun Olam ("healing the world")..."

So began Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing, speaking in Tel Aviv recently, just before his Hong-Kong foundation signed a $130 million grant to the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology. The donation was the largest ever received at the Haifa-based Institute, and one of the largest ever granted to Israeli higher education.

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Lila Paulou, Lisa Berdet and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Monday, where Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, a verdict is in for the first war crimes trial in Ukraine and the food & energy industrials get outrageously richer. In Colombian daily El Espectador, María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez explores how Colombia is toeing the line between carbon-offsetting and unabashed greenwashing.

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