Is­lamist-backed con­sti­tu­tion rat­i­fied OTHER CHRIST­MAS OB­SER­VANCES THE ROYAL FAM­ILY

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

The of­fi­cial ap­proval of Egypt’s dis­puted, Is­lamist­backed con­sti­tu­tion Tues­day held out lit­tle hope of sta­bi­liz­ing the coun­try af­ter two years of tur­moil, and Is­lamist Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi may now face a more im­me­di­ate cri­sis with the econ­omy fall­ing deeper into dis­tress. In a clear sign of anx­i­ety, some Egyp­tians are hoard­ing dol­lars for fear the cur­rency is about to take a sig­nif­i­cant down­ward turn. In Bri­tain, the royal fam­ily was at­tend­ing Christ­mas Day church ser­vices at St. Mary Magde­lene Church on Queen Elizabeth II’s sprawl­ing San­dring­ham es­tate. How­ever, Prince Wil­liam spent the hol­i­day with his preg­nant wife, Kate, and his in-laws in the south­ern Eng­land vil­lage of Buck­le­bury, and Prince Harry was away serv­ing with Bri­tish troops in Afghanistan. Later Tues­day, the queen de­liv­ered her tra­di­tional, pre­re­corded Christ­mas mes­sage, which for the first time was broad­cast in 3D.

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