Oladele Okunola

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Alibaba 101: Inside the record IPO

A new star in the tech world is forming right before our eyes.<p>Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, raised more money this week in its initial public offering than Facebook (FB) or Visa (V) did. It generated an eye-popping $21.8 billion in a record-shattering IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.<p>Few …

Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege: 'We’re not getting out of here'

The gunman knew his message was not getting out, and he grew suddenly more angry.<p>For hours he had roiled across the tiny cafe, erratic and unpredictable. Armed with a short-barrelled shotgun, he held his terrified captives beholden to his will.<p>Now, he saw that his dictated phone calls to media …

Militant attack on Pakistan school kills 132 children, nine staffers

The 10th-graders were having a class party when the gunmen burst into the auditorium. Disguised as Pakistani security forces and armed with automatic weapons, they moved through the crowd of cowering children, shooting methodically.<p>"I immediately hid beneath the desk," student Shah Rukh Khan said, …