So much for Pep Guardiola’s insistence at the start of the season that Manchester City are heading to their fourth successive title. After a comprehensive defeat by a magnificent Aston Villa, his side have slumped to fourth place in the table, six points behind the leaders Arsenal. Here’s how much they are drifting off the pace: Manchester United – a side who have spent much of the season serving up fodder for comedy writers – are now only three points behind them.
Italy has officially informed China that it is quitting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), dismissing fears the move might sour relations and damage the Italian economy, government sources said on Wednesday. Italy in 2019 became the first and so far only major Western nation to join the trade and investment programme, ignoring warnings from the United States that it might let China take control of sensitive technologies and vital infrastructure. However, when Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni took office last year, she said she wanted to withdraw from the deal, which was championed by President Xi Jinping, saying it had brought no significant gains to Italy.
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Eric Jiang, a 29-year-old entrepreneur, is seeking donations to help save his elderly parents’ home after they had fallen victim to an online investment scam. About the scam: In an interview with NextShark, Jiang shared that his 78-year-old father, Amos, and 73-year-old mother, Yan, fell into what is now being investigated as a nationwide scam that targets victims for high-level investments in an allegedly fictitious company called "UpUp Fashion" in New York City. The retired couple, who reside in Woodbridge, Connecticut, are now worried about not being able to keep their home after losing millions of dollars.