Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital after infection – National |

Bill Clinton spent a fourth night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a statement Saturday that the former president would remain one more night at University of California Irvine … Read more

Venezuela halts negotiations after Maduro’s ally extradited to U.S. – National |

Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country. Jorge Rodriguez, who has been heading the government’s delegation, said his … Read more

US to reopen international borders on November 8

Quarantine requirements have been scrapped for fully vaccinated tourists as the United States prepares to reopen its borders to international travellers from early November. Tourists from 33 countries will be allowed to enter the country from November 8 provided they return a negative COVID PCR test 72 hours before departure. It’s understood those who have … Read more

At an Islamabad hotel, Afghans who worked for Canada’s military await a new life – National |

Two days before he was scheduled to board a plane for Toronto, Mohammad Ismail stood in a cramped hotel room in Islamabad, packing his belongings into a small black suitcase. A pair of kid’s shoes were on the window ledge. Ismail bought them for his eight-year-old son, who was accompanying him to Canada, along with … Read more

At least 25 killed, dozens injured after fire engulfs Taiwan residential building – National |

A fire in southern Taiwan has killed 25 and injured dozens of people, after it engulfed a residential building overnight on Thursday. The 13-story building caught on fire around 3 a.m., fire department officials in the city of Kaohsiung said. Officials said 55 people had been taken to the hospital, including 14 people who showed … Read more

U.S., Israel say they’re exploring ‘Plan B’ for Iran if nuclear deal talks collapse – National |

The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said discussions between their two countries have … Read more

Japan to dissolve parliament, setting stage for election that will test new leader – National |

Japan will dissolve its parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition in a battle over who can better fix the pandemic-battered economy. Kishida enjoys reasonable public support 11 days into the job, polls show, boding well … Read more

‘Nature is not a commodity’: Can the world learn from indigenous food systems, before they are lost?

The finds are then distributed to his family, who are spread across 24 villages in a tropical region of Ecuador stretching from the mountains of the Andes to the lowlands of the Amazon. The Shuar tribe, to which he belongs, has lived there for centuries. Growing up in the jungle alongside armadillos, monkeys and boa … Read more

Putin says Russia needs to speed up vaccination for Covid-19

Addressing newly elected lawmakers of the State Duma — Russia’s lower parliament house — Putin urged the deputies who had gathered in the Kremlin to convince the Russian public to get vaccinated as the situation continues to worsen across the vast country. “You know that the number of infections is growing in many regions and … Read more