The first batch of designations target 39 people or entities, including Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad personally as well as his wife Asma — the first time she has been targeted by US sanctions.
The British pound slid after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to request another Brexit extension.
The British pound spiked briefly against the US dollar after UK PM Johnson and EU Commission President Juncker UK, EU reached a tentative Brexit deal.
Despite the Christmas season, British households are spending less due to rising inflation and stagnant wages.
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