BEIRUT: As the Lebanese people continue to grapple with the effects of the financial crisis in the country, political unrest and the consequences of the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut, concern is growing about the health consequences of these crises mental. Although no exact statistics are available on how many people are taking …

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO – AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Americans shrugged off shortages, soaring prices and uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released on Friday show that after spending vigorously at the start of the holiday season, consumers slowed down their purchases …

Photo credit: Lauren Smith Do you like Morning Chalk Up? Access additional exclusive interviews, analysis and stories with an Rx subscription. Five years ago, Ramzi Kamareddine opened 9616 CrossFit in Lebanon, and within three years he had a thriving gym with over 200 members. But in the past two years, the country has been hit …

Six years after denouncing the Iran nuclear deal, Arab Gulf states are encouraging their regional rival to return to the deal and are embarking on a separate diplomatic campaign to pressure Tehran to drop both its nuclear pursuit and its interference in the Arab States. Indeed, the Gulf states believe they have the most to …

Lebanon’s Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh speaks during an interview for the Reuters Next conference, in Beirut, Lebanon November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIRUT, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The governor of Lebanon’s Central Bank said on Thursday that a judge leading one of several investigations against …

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER – AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Lael Brainard pledged in written remarks Wednesday to help the Federal Reserve fight a spike in inflation while supporting economic recovery — a delicate balancing act it would face if it were confirmed as Fed No. 2 official. Brainard, a member of the central bank’s …

Lebanon is suffering from one of the worst economic crises the world has ever seen, forcing many of its citizens to seek a better life abroad. Some join other migrants in making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon is currently in the grip of a brutal economic crisis, with more than half of …

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Seeking to capitalize on Kentucky’s economic momentum, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday offered to inject money into the development of new industrial development sites and the construction of a research in the Appalachians to promote the state’s agro-tech sector. The governor said his budget plan calls for the use of $ …

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER – AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – High inflation is wreaking havoc on American families, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell admitted in remarks to be delivered at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, where he is sure to faced with difficult questions on the subject. “We know that high inflation comes at a …

VATICAN CITY (RNS) – In his annual address to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps on Monday, January 10, Pope Francis once again expressed support for global vaccination efforts, while condemning “ideological divisions” fueled by disinformation. In the speech, in which the Pope traditionally takes stock of the world’s most pressing problems, Francis called for “a multiple …