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China may test digital yuan on country’s biggest food delivery app

The People’s Bank of China may test its sovereign digital currency on a popular food delivery service run by Meituan Dianping, a platform with 450 million users in hundreds of cities across the country. The firm has already started talks on the matter with a special department of the central bank, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday,...

Beijing ‘isn’t afraid of US sanctions’ over S. China Sea – spokeswoman

China said on Wednesday it was not afraid of any sanctions the United States might impose over the situation in the South China Sea. Beijing also reiterated that Washington is stirring up trouble and destabilizing the region, Reuters said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Beijing hopes the US will not go further...

Another day, another statue: Sitka council rules to remove monument to first Russian governor of Alaska

The city council in Sitka, Alaska has decided to remove a statue of Alexander Baranov, the explorer and first governor of Russian Alaska. The resolution lists a number of serious accusations against the man. Baranov worked for the Russian American Company, which was the vehicle for the Russian government’s effort to expand...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted to hospital with ‘possible infection’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to hospital in Baltimore “for treatment of a possible infection,” in the latest health scare for the liberal judge. Ginsburg, 87, was initially assessed at Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC after experiencing fever and chills before being admitted to the Johns Hopkins...

Toppled UK slave trader statue replaced with figure of BLM protester. ‘Doesn’t reflect diversity, take it down,’ Twitter users say

Activists in Bristol, UK have installed a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester where a monument to 17th century slave trader Edward Colston stood before it was destroyed last month. The action drew a mixed response online. The black resin and steel figure was erected in Bristol by a small team led by artist Marc Quinn...

ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon over ‘anti-Semitic conspiracies’ after he calls whites ‘savages’ & black people ‘the true Hebrews’

ViacomCBS, which has MTV and Nickelodeon among its assets, has said it’s severing its relationship with TV host Nick Cannon, after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism for a series of bizarre claims in a resurfaced clip. The multinational media conglomerate accused Cannon – who has been a host for ‘Wild ‘n Out,’ a...

ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon over ‘anti-Semitic conspiracies’ after he calls whites 'savages' & black people ‘the true Hebrews’

ViacomCBS, which has MTV and Nickelodeon among its assets, has said it’s severing relationship with TV host Nick Cannon, after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism for a series of bizarre claims in a resurfaced clip. The multinational media conglomerate accused Cannon – who has been a host for ‘Wild 'n Out,’ a comedy...

Beijing vows tit-for-tat sanctions & says retaliation INEVITABLE unless US changes course after Trump signs new HK legislation

China has said it would impose sanctions on the US after US President Donald Trump has signed legislation to punish Beijing for “oppressive acts” in Hong Kong and an executive order ending all preferential treatment for the city. "The US law...maliciously denigrates Hong Kong's national security legislation, threatens to...

Beijing vows tit-for-tat sanctions & says retaliation INEVITABLE unless US changes course after Trump signs new HK order

China has said it would impose sanctions on the US after US President Donald Trump has signed legislation to punish Beijing for “oppressive acts” in Hong Kong and an executive order ending all preferential treatment for the city. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Let the oil flow: Dakota Access pipeline to continue operation for now, appeals court says as legal battle drags on

A US appeals court has allowed the Dakota Access oil line to stay in operation while legal wrangling continues over the controversial project, overturning a lower court’s ruling handed down last week to shutter the pipeline. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Tuesday that Energy Transfer LP – the...

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