US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers

WASHINGTON - The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who...

Pro-Putin party wins majority

MOSCOW — Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its parliamentary majority after an election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing over a tenth of its support, partial results on Monday showed.

Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Canary Islands

LA PALMA, Spain — A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards houses in two villages from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.

Singapore urges caution as rising cases may test ICU system

SINGAPORE’s leaders are closely watching the intensive care unit situation to make sure its hospital system won’t be overwhelmed, as reported coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases breached the 1,000 mark for a second consecutive day, cabinet ministers said.

France cancels defense meeting with UK over submarine row, sources say

PARIS — France has canceled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favor of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said.  

Universal Studios Beijing draws eager throngs amid uneasy US-China ties

BEIJING — Universal Studios’ Beijing resort opened its doors to the public on Monday after a two-decade wait, including delays because of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

Stockpiled COVID vaccines must be handed to poorer nations, says former UK PM

LONDON — A vaccine summit being hosted by US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., must come up with a plan this week to transfer 100 million stockpiled coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines to poorer countries before they reach their expiry date, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.  

Key data on US J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

WASHINGTON — Data needed to determine the advisability of booster shots of the Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines...

Taiwan threatens to take China to WTO in new spat over fruit

TAIPEI/BEIJING — Taiwan threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Sunday after Beijing said it would suspend sugar apple and...

Banks beware, outsiders are cracking the code for finance

LONDON — Anyone can be a banker these days, you just need the right code.   Global brands from Mercedes and Amazon to IKEA and Walmart...