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Travel in Canada is a prize for the vaccinated and vigilant

Sep. 22, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

KAMOURASKA, Quebec (AP) — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec's most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch. ...

Trump aides aim to build GOP opposition to Afghan refugees

Sep. 15, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban arrive in the U.S., a handful of former Trump administration officials are working to turn Republicans against them. The former officials are writing position papers, appearing on conservative...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Sep. 14, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. September 8, 2021. Editorial: ‘Prisoners in their home:’ Overland Park student still hopes family can escape Kabul Samad, an Afghan student who has lived here for a decade, watched footage from the Kabul airport after the...

Chinese students hit by US visa rejections amid tension

Sep. 14, 2021 05:09 AM EDT

After a semester online, Wang Ziwei looked forward to meeting classmates who are returning to campus at Washington University in St. Louis. But the 23-year-old finance student said the U.S. revoked his student visa on security grounds. Wang is among at least 500 students...

As flights resume, plight of Afghan allies tests Biden's vow

Sep. 10, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evacuation flights have resumed for Westerners, but thousands of at-risk Afghans who had helped the United States are still stranded in their homeland with the U.S. Embassy shuttered, all American diplomats and troops gone and the Taliban now in charge. ...

Flight takes about 200, including Americans, out of Kabul

Sep. 09, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An estimated 200 foreigners, including Americans, left Afghanistan on a commercial flight out of Kabul on Thursday with the cooperation of the Taliban — the first such large-scale departure since U.S. forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a week ago. ...

The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

Sep. 07, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must...

Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving but unclear why

Sep. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights weren't able to...

UAE announces plan to invest in economy, liberalize laws

Sep. 05, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday a major plan to stimulate its economy and liberalize stringent residency rules for foreigners, as the country seeks to overhaul its finances and attract visitors and investment. The...

Rising numbers of Ecuadorians hurt by pandemic head to US

Sep. 03, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It took just a few days for Monica Muquinche to reach New York after leaving Ecuador’s Andean highlands with her 10-year-old son. She flew to Mexico City, took a bus to the U.S. border, boated across and was detained by the Border Patrol. After one...