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Revelers Τhrong to New Year’s Parties after COVID Hiatus

Revelers Τhrong to New Year’s Parties after COVID Hiatus

MELBOURNE, Australia — With countdowns and fireworks, revelers in major city centers across the Asia-Pacific region ushered in the first new year without COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic began in 2020.
Turkish Strikes On US Kurd Allies Resonate in Ukraine War

Turkish Strikes On US Kurd Allies Resonate in Ukraine War

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Biden administration officials are toughening their language toward NATO ally Turkey as they try to talk Turkish President Recep Erdogan out of launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against American-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria.
Ukraine Says Russians Shell Evacuation Convoy, Killing 20

Ukraine Says Russians Shell Evacuation Convoy, Killing 20

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior Ukrainian official says Russian forces on Saturday shelled a civilian evacuation convoy in the country’s northeast, killing 20 people.
Fed Raises Key Rate by a Half-Point in Bid to Tame Inflation

Fed Raises Key Rate by a Half-Point in Bid to Tame Inflation

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve intensified its fight against the worst inflation in 40 years by raising its benchmark interest rate by a half-percentage point Wednesday — its most aggressive move since 2000 — and signaling further large rate hikes to come.
Biden Signs Order on Cryptocurrency as Its Use Explodes

Biden Signs Order on Cryptocurrency as Its Use Explodes

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to explore whether the central bank should jump in and create its own digital currency.
Local Churches Shun Vatican’s Moderate Stance on Russia

Local Churches Shun Vatican’s Moderate Stance on Russia

ROME (AP) — The head of the Polish bishops’ conference has done what Pope Francis has so far avoided doing: He publicly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and urged the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to use his influence with Vladimir Putin to demand an end to the war and for Russian soldiers to stand down.
Markets Around the World Shudder Following Ukraine Attack

Markets Around the World Shudder Following Ukraine Attack

NEW YORK — Stocks sank worldwide Thursday after Russia’s attack of Ukraine sent fear coursing through markets and threatened to push the inflation squeezing the global economy even higher.
Marchers in Athens Protest Reported Greek Migrant Pushbacks

Marchers in Athens Protest Reported Greek Migrant Pushbacks

ATHENS — Hundreds of people marched through central Athens on Sunday to protest what they say are Greece’s pushbacks of migrants and refugees at the border with Turkey.
Magnitude-5.1 Earthquake Shakes Cyprus; No Damage Reported

Magnitude-5.1 Earthquake Shakes Cyprus; No Damage Reported

NICOSIA — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.
Former Greek President Christos Sartzetakis Dies at 92

Former Greek President Christos Sartzetakis Dies at 92

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Former Greek President Christos Sartzetakis, a judge widely respected for resisting pressure from military dictators who ultimately imprisoned him without trial in the late 1960s, has died following a long hospitalization.

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