What an encouraging boost for amateur filmmakers, that the President of America is willing to promote small independent films, as he has this week. Even though he must be busy running a superpower, he found time to put on Twitter some...
It is a puzzle that the Prime Minister is making a second visit to Saudi Arabia. Of course Theresa May will have received a friendly welcome as the leader of the sixth largest economy in the world, which in addition is a permanent...
RBS has announced plans to close 259 branches, cutting 680 jobs, in response to customers migrating towards online and mobile services. In total, 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest outlets will be shuttered by the middle of next year. It said that in...
When Norway’s $1 trillion (£748bn) sovereign wealth fund said it wanted companies to curb excessive and opaque top-management pay, it meant business. Since releasing a position paper in April, the world’s biggest wealth fund has increased the number of votes against management...
The Japanese Government is being urged to end a rule requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation to legally change gender. People who seek to alter their legal sex must appeal to a family court under legislation entitled Law 111. Although the law affords...
France is to ban gender-based insults and wolf whistling in the street in a crackdown against sexism, the country’s president has said. In a speech Emmanuel Macron said it was unacceptable for France to be “one of those countries where women live...
Russia will host the 2018 World Cup draw on Friday, the glittering ceremony providing a welcome distraction to the unrelenting diet of doping and corruption news that has sullied the nation's sporting reputation in recent years. The draw ceremony will give Russia...
Bitcoin isn’t big enough to pose a risk to the global economy, Bank of England deputy governor Jon Cunliffe said on Wednesday, as the cryptocurrency hit a record high of above $10,000 (£7,493) for the first time. The virtual currency traded below $1,000...
Bitcoin is a speculative asset and people who invest in it do so at their own risk, the Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau warned on Friday after recent volatile trading. “We need to be clear: bitcoin is in no way...
A new forest spanning the equivalent of 650 football pitches has been given the green light, in what will be England's largest woodland-planting scheme in decades, officials said. More than 600,000 trees, a mixture of broadleaf and conifers consisting mainly of spruce,...