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Vatican defends pope Iraq trip as virus hits as act of love

The Vatican is defending Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all health care precautions have been taken and that the trip is an "act of love for this land, for its people, and for its Christians.

BDL studying banks' files as Feb. 28 deadline expires 

The Central Bank is thoroughly studying and assessing the files of all Lebanese banks that were supposed to increase the capital by 20 percent and repatriate three percent of the liquidity from the correspondent banks.

BDL studying banks' files as Feb. 28 deadline expires 

The Central Bank is thoroughly studying and assessing the files of all Lebanese banks that were supposed to increase the capital by 20 percent and repatriate three percent of the liquidity from the correspondent banks.

Syrian pound hits record low against dollar

Syria's pound hit a new low against the dollar on the black market Tuesday, a foreign exchange website and currency traders said, in the latest blow to the war-battered economy.

Djokovic on cloud nine in Australia after Medvedev mauling

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title Sunday.

‘Nomadland,’ ‘Borat’ win at Golden Globes

Fey and Poehler managed their typically well-timed back-and-forth despite being almost 3,000 miles from each other, appearing before masked attendees but no stars. Instead, the sparse tables – where Hollywood royalty are usually crammed together and plied with booze during the show – were occupied by, as Fey phrased it, ‘smoking-hot first responders and essential workers.’

Beat poet ally Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Few poets of the past 60 years were so well known, or so influential. His books sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, a fantasy for virtually any of his peers, and he ran one of the world’s most famous and distinctive bookstores, City Lights. Although he never considered himself one of the Beats, he was a patron and soul mate and, for many, a lasting symbol – preaching a nobler and more ecstatic American dream

Around the globe, virus cancels spring travel for millions

They are the annual journeys of late winter and early spring: Factory workers in China heading home for the Lunar New Year; American college students going on road trips and hitting the beach over spring break; Germans and Britons fleeing drab skies for some Mediterranean sun over Easter.