To unseat Trudeau, Conservative leader seeks middle ground

Reading Time: 13 minutes TORONTO — The man who could oust Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from power advertised himself a year ago as a “true-blue conservative.” He became Conservative Party leader with a pledge to “take back Canada” – and almost immediately started working to modernize the party by pushing it toward the political center. Erin O’Toole, a military … Read more

Myanmar court sets Oct. 1 for Suu Kyi corruption trial

Reading Time: 6 minutes A lawyer for Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will be tried on corruption charges starting Oct. 1 ByThe Associated Press September 17, 2021, 11:10 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BANGKOK — A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges … Read more

Virus fallout, slow internet worry businesses in German vote

Reading Time: 10 minutes GOLSSEN, Germany — A mill owner in eastern Germany hopes the next government will restore supply chains disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. A brewer in the country’s south wants a more predictable strategy for responding to the virus and a better cellphone network. A hotel owner in the west wants money, fast, to clean up … Read more

Japan ruling party begins race to pick Suga successor

Reading Time: 5 minutes Japan has kicked off official election campaigning for the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, whose winner is almost assured to become the next prime minister By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press September 17, 2021, 6:58 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article TOKYO — The race is on … Read more

Rising numbers of migrants risk lives crossing Darien Gap

Reading Time: 12 minutes ACANDI, Colombia — It was 5 a.m. and in dozens of small tents around 500 migrants began showing signs of life, rising, packing their bags and preparing to cross the Darien Gap, the thick jungle teeming with snakes, bandits and treacherous rivers that separates Colombia from Panama. Over a fire, Emile and Claude cooked some … Read more

Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sitting on her mother’s lap, 2-year-old Lucía looked at the illustrations in her book while around her several children watched the doctors in white coats and nurses with thermometers in amazement By ANDREA RODRÍGUEZ Associated Press September 17, 2021, 1:38 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HAVANA — Sitting … Read more

Italy requires COVID-19 pass for all workers from Oct. 15

Reading Time: 8 minutes MILAN — Italian workers in both the public and private sectors must display a health pass to access their workplaces from Oct. 15 under a decree adopted Thursday by Premier Mario Draghi’s broad-based coalition government. The measures are the first by a major European economy requiring proof of vaccination, a recent negative virus test or … Read more

UN rule may be hurdle for Brazil vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro

Reading Time: 9 minutes RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader, Abdulla Shahid, announced Wednesday that all attendees must be vaccinated to speak at the gathering, citing a New … Read more

UK’s Johnson shakes up government with eye on early election

Reading Time: 6 minutes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is finishing a major shakeup of his government By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press September 16, 2021, 5:06 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was finishing a major shakeup of his government on Thursday, shuffling his team of … Read more

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Reading Time: 13 minutes DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government severed from the international banking system, aid groups both inside Afghanistan … Read more