What's News: July 20, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron.
British Prime Minister David Cameron.PHOTO: AFP


UK steps up fight against ISIS

Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for Britain to take on a bigger role in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Britain conducts regular strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq but has so far limited its Syrian involvement to flying surveillance missions. 


More traffic in car showrooms

Car showrooms are reporting a spike in walk-in customers since the drop in certificate of entitlement prices earlier this month. And with more COEs up for grabs in the next three-month quota period starting next month, the premiums are likely to fall further. 

Immigrant Spiro Caras (right) in front of his family-run eatery located in Lonsdale Street in central Melbourne. PHOTO: REUTERS


Greek exodus to Australia

As Greece faces a worsening economic crisis, a new wave of Greek migrants has been making the exodus to Australia. The Australian Greek Welfare Society estimated that up to 10,000 Greeks have migrated or moved back to Australia since the country plunged into its debt crisis in 2010. 

Teachers Muhammad A'srie Che Ali and Jaclyn Chen and their daughter have been living in a rental flat under the scheme since July 2013. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN


Rental scheme a boon for 1,300 households

Almost 1,300 households have benefited from the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme - a rental programme that provides temporary housing to those waiting for their new Housing Board flats. About 240 families have since moved out of their temporary flats into their completed homes.


Top professionals losing jobs

A growing group of highly qualified professionals, who spent years climbing to the top, are losing

their jobs. The Straits Times met some of them to find out how they are being helped to get back on their feet.


Two rival EU visions at stake

It's not just Greece that is at stake in the crisis, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.

It's also the rival visions of Germany and France on what the European Union means - individual nations' fiscal discipline or "solidarity" with the richer nations helping the poorer ones.


Swiss bank to boost presence

Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privee (UPB) is poised to expand its presence in Asia after buying Coutts International which has 20 years of experience in the region. The Geneva-based bank admits it was very late in getting into the region when it set up here three years ago.


F1 cars are safe, says Bernie

If any driver had an accident, he would want to be driving a Formula One car as it is probably the safest it has ever been, said the sport's commercial supremo, Bernie Ecclestone. But danger will always be part of F1, said the 84-year-old, who spoke following the death of French racer Jules Bianchi from injuries after a crash.


The Bacchanalia team at its new premises in Hong Kong Street. (From left) Co-owner Raj Datwani, chef Ivan Brehm and co-owner Alex Chew. ST PHOTO: TAN HSUEH YUN


Bacchanalia finds new home

Bacchanalia, an award-winning restaurant in Coleman Street, is relocating next month to Hong Kong Street, on the same stretch as some hip restaurants and watering holes, including bars Vasco and 28 HongKong Street, and Spanish restaurant FOC.

Chou's wife gets whole floor

Pop star Jay Chou has reportedly booked the entire sixth floor of a Taipei confinement hotel for his wife. Apple Daily Taiwan said model-actress Hannah Quinlivan is recuperating at the luxurious Ma Cherie Post Partum Center following the birth of their daughter on July 10.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 20, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe