Sprinter touches down in Vienna after refusing to return to Belarus

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya flew from Tokyo to Vienna under the diplomatic protection of Poland on Wednesday, less than 72 hours after her team cut short her Olympic Games and…

Belarusian Olympic athlete says ‘punishment’ awaited her at home

Belarusian Olympian Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is alleging that officials from her country “made it clear” she would face punishment upon returning home from the Tokyo Games after she criticised her team’s…

Shares slide after China brands online games ‘electronic drugs’

Shares in two of China’s biggest online gaming firms have slipped after a state media outlet called them “electronic drugs”. Tencent and NetEase shares fell more than 10% in early…

Banking giant HSBC sees first half profit more than double

Profits at banking giant HSBC more than doubled in the first half of the year as it benefited from an economic rebound in Britain and Hong Kong. Europe’s biggest bank…

Cannabis part of the future says tobacco giant

The UK’s largest tobacco firm says it sees cannabis as part of its future as it tries to move away from selling traditional cigarettes. British American Tobacco said it wanted…

US economic recovery ‘making progress’, says Fed

The US central bank has said that the economy is making progress due to widespread vaccinations. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold near zero, saying that inflation largely…

Air travel yet to meaningfully restart, says UK industry

International travel from the UK is yet to restart in a “meaningful” way despite the easing of some restrictions, the industry says. Trade group Airlines UK said bookings had failed…

China’s Hou wins first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020

CHINA’s Hou Zhihui took the first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020 on Saturday as she dashed India’s hopes of an elusive first women’s Olympic title. The 24-year-old world championship silver…

Bitcoin climbs as Elon Musk says Tesla ‘likely’ to accept it again

Bitcoin has jumped past $30,000 as Elon Musk said Tesla is “most likely” to start accepting it as payment again. The electric carmaker said in May that it would no…

Hackers reportedly demand $50m from Saudi Aramco over data leak

THE world’s most valuable oil producer Saudi Aramco has confirmed to the BBC that company data has leaked from one of its contractors. The files are now reportedly being used…