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Syrian rebels ‘forced from key stronghold’

Image copyrightReutersImage caption This 2015 photo shows Khan Sheikhoun, then under rebel control Syrian opposition forces have withdrawn from the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun, deep in the last rebel-held province. Government forces, backed by Russia…

Billie Eilish: My clothes shouldn’t ‘slut-shame’

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Billie Eilish performing in July 2019 Billie Eilish has criticised the way she is praised for wearing baggy clothes. The 17-year-old says people think she’s “saying no to being sexualized” but for her, that’s not t…

UK consulate staffer ‘detained at China border’

Image copyrightSouth China Morning Post via Getty ImagesImage caption Hong Kong shares a border with the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen The UK Foreign Office has expressed “extreme concern” over reports that a Hong Kong consulate employee had been detai…

PM says ‘undemocratic’ backstop must be scrapped

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Boris Johnson has written to Donald Tusk (right) to set out his demands for a Brexit deal Boris Johnson has told the EU the backstop plan for the Irish border must be scrapped because it is “unviable” and “anti-demo…

China may have a new way of boosting its economy. Here’s what the central bank just did – CNBC

A Chinese flag floats in the middle of traditional lanterns in the alleyways in Beijing, China. China’s central bank has changed the way commercial lenders set interest rates for loans a move expected to bring borrowing costs lower at a time when the Chinese…

Climate change could rain on Saudi Aramco’s IPO parade – Reuters

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco’s biggest asset could also be a liability. The state energy giant’s vast oil reserves it can sustain current production levels for the next 50 years make it more exposed than any other company to a rising tide of enviro…

Humbled Deutsche Bank faces battle in its own backyard – Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Online retailer Zalando is just the kind of fast-growing German business with foreign expansion plans that Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Christian Sewing needs to help drive the struggling lender’s recovery. In an attempt to draw a lin…

Possible Reason Behind Cathay Pacific CEO Resignation – Sam Chui

According to Taiwan News, various media in Hong Kong have reported that Rupert Hogg, the former Cathay Pacific CEO, submitted his own name to the Chinese Aviation Authority instead of a list of staff members who have taken part in the Hong Kong protest. Rupe…

Bytedance takes on Baidu with investment in Wikipedia-like Hudong Baike – TechNode

1 min read Staff working at the reception desk of Bytedance’s Shanghai headquarters. (Image credit: TechNode/Emma Lee) Bytedance has invested RMB 8.1 million in online encyclopedia Hudong Baike, sometimes known as baike.com, to enrich the content offering on…

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