Qatar emerges as key player in Afghanistan after US pullout

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar played an outsized role in U.S. efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan. Now the tiny… Read more

‘Do not give up’: Americans help Afghans in new homeland

DALLAS  — Pleas for help from Afghans have been filling up Caroline Clarin’s phone for days as she works from her rural Minnesota home and tries to… Read more

TSA extends into January mask rule for airline passengers

Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended… Read more

As Taliban tighten their grip, Kabul airport only way out

KABUL, Afghanistan  — As a Taliban offensive encircles the Afghan capital, there’s increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war, and only… Read more

Colorado mudslides wreak havoc on major transportation route

DENVER  — As ominous storm clouds gathered in western Colorado over a large area blackened by a recent wildfire, torrential rain fell and the charred… Read more

Recreation at risk as Lake Powell dips to historic low

PAGE, Ariz.— A thick, white band of newly exposed rock face stretches high above boaters’ heads at Lake Powell, creating a sharp contrast against the… Read more

Death rates soar in Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients… Read more

Blue Origin brings space tourism to tiny Texas town

VAN HORN, Texas  — For years, the official letterhead for the small town of Van Horn, tucked neatly among the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains,… Read more