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No chicken, no cafes: Egyptians scrimp as prices leap

CAIRO (AP) — Money had already been tight as food and electricity bills climbed for weeks. So Ashraf Mahrous, a 45-year-old civil servant, warned his wife, “Black days are ahead,” when Egypt floated its pound and hiked fuel prices this month. Mahrous is now looking for a side job. Rising …

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe’s main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country’s dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad. Several …

A new hiring hurdle: your credit history

Job applicants painstakingly pore over their resumes and cover letters because studies show that hiring managers have little tolerance for any mistakes. And now, there’s something else for applicants to worry about: their credit profiles. At the same time the lagging economy is adversely affecting people’s personal finances – and …