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  • Egyptian pound sees largest single-day fall since IMF deal
    CAIRO -- The Egyptian pound tumbled on Wednesday in its largest single-day slide since the cash-strapped government agreed to a $3 billion International Monetary Fund deal in mid-December, authorities said. The pound fell from around 24.7 for $1 to just over 26.3 against the dollar, some three weeks after Egypt... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-06 By The Associated Press
  • EXPLAINER: Benedict's funeral to be simple, but with pomp
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI held one of the world's highest-profile positions but in his final years expressed a desire to be “hidden to the world.” While his body had been on display this week for three days, his funeral Thursday will at least in part respect his wishes... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press
  • Pope praises 'gentle' Benedict ahead of funeral
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “acute and gentle thought” during a Wednesday general audience in the Vatican, as tens of thousands of admirers of the retired pontiff filed by his body lying in state in Peter’s Basilica on the final day of viewing.By the time... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
  • Russia says phone use allowed Ukraine to target its troops
    KYIV, Ukraine -- The Russian military’s top brass came under increasing scrutiny Wednesday as more details emerged of how at least 89 Russian soldiers, and possibly many more, were killed in a Ukrainian artillery attack on a single building.The scene last weekend in the Russian-held eastern Ukrainian town of Makiivka,... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04
  • Israel's new government unveils plan to weaken Supreme Court
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s justice minister on Wednesday unveiled the new government’s long-promised overhaul of the judicial system that aims to weaken the country's Supreme Court.Critics accused the government of declaring war against the legal system, saying the plan will upend Israel's system of checks and balances... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04
  • Iran lashes out at France over new Charlie Hebdo cartoons
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday to condemn the publication of offensive caricatures of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.The magazine has a long history of publishing vulgar cartoons mocking Islamists, which critics say are deeply... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By The Associated Press
  • UAE top diplomat back in Syria as relations continue to thaw
    BEIRUT -- The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday, his second visit to Damascus as relations continue to thaw between the two countries.According to a statement from Assad's office, he and UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed boosting economic... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By The Associated Press
  • Cyberattack halts Martinique's search for new flag, hymn
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A quest to select the first official flag and hymn for the French Caribbean island of Martinique was interrupted Wednesday by a cyberattack.The attack on government servers upended a nearly two-week online voting window that began on Jan. 2. Officials said the attack was not... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By The Associated Press
  • Rockets hit US base in east Syria without causing losses
    BEIRUT -- Two rockets struck a base housing American troops in eastern Syria on Wednesday without causing any human or material losses, the U.S. military said.The morning attack on Mission Support Site Conoco came as Iran and its allies in the region marked the third anniversary of the killing of... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By The Associated Press
  • Ireland fines Meta 390M euros in latest privacy crackdown
    LONDON -- European Union regulators on Wednesday hit Facebook parent Meta with hundreds of millions in fines for privacy violations and banned the company from forcing users in the 27-nation bloc to agree to personalized ads based on their online activity.Ireland's Data Protection Commission imposed two fines totaling 390 million... Read more
    Source: ABC - World Published on: 2023-01-04 By KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer