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Forest Fire on Chile’s Coast Kills At Least 64 and Leaves Hundreds Missing
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Forest Fire on Chile’s Coast Kills At Least 64 and Leaves Hundreds Missing

Days after devastating wildfires swept through Chile’s Pacific Coast, officials said on Sunday that at least 64 people had been killed and hundreds remained missing and warned that the number of dead could rise sharply.“That number is going to go up, we know it’s going to go up significantly,” President Gabriel Boric said on Sunday, describing the fires in the Valparaíso region as the worst disaster in the country since a cataclysmic earthquake in 2010 left more than 400 people dead and displaced 1.5 million.Thousands of homes were destroyed in the fires, which swept through the coastal hills toward the resort of Viña del Mar starting Friday, propelled by high winds.The fires came as many were vacationing in Viña del Mar and roared through hillside settlements where many older residents we...
Bullfighting Returns to Mexico City. A Fight Over Its Future Goes On.
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Bullfighting Returns to Mexico City. A Fight Over Its Future Goes On.

Feb. 2, 2024: This article has been updated to reflect a court ruling on Friday that allowed bullfighting at the Mexico City arena to resume.At 4:30 p.m., the near-capacity crowd of 42,000 people at La Plaza México started restlessly whistling. They had waited since May 15, 2022 — a period of 624 days of legal challenges — for bulls to return to the world’s largest bullfighting arena, only to face another delay because of the hundreds of protesters outside.When the parade of the afternoon’s three matadors and their bullfighting entourage finally emerged to salute the fans, the arena in Mexico City erupted. Then, at 4:58 p.m., the first bull charged out and raced around the ring. Over the next two and a half hours last Sunday, fans cheered and jeered, shouted “olé,” smoked cigars, ate gril...
Security Screeners in Germany Go on Strike, Grounding Flights
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Security Screeners in Germany Go on Strike, Grounding Flights

Security screeners began a one-day walkout on Thursday at 11 of Germany’s busiest airports, bringing departures to a virtual standstill, scuttling travel plans for an expected 200,000 people and adding to the chaos caused by public sector strikes.Airports serving Berlin, Hamburg, and Stuttgart canceled all of their departures in anticipation of the work stoppage, while others — including Frankfurt’s airport, the biggest in Germany — were trying to keep some flights in the air but warned of significant delays and cancellations.“The work of airport security staff must remain financially attractive so that the urgently needed skilled workers can be recruited and retained,” said Wolfgang Pieper, a lead negotiator for Verdi, the public sector union behind the strike. Screeners are demanding an...
How the Border Crisis Shattered Biden’s Immigration Hopes
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How the Border Crisis Shattered Biden’s Immigration Hopes

On President Biden’s first day in office, he paused nearly all deportations. He vowed to end the harsh practices of the Trump administration, show compassion toward those wishing to come to the United States and secure the southern border.For Mr. Biden, it was a matter of principle. He wanted to show the world that the United States was a humane nation, while also demonstrating to his fellow citizens that government could work again.But those early promises have largely been set aside as chaos engulfs the border and imperils Mr. Biden’s re-election hopes. The number of people crossing into the United States has reached record levels, more than double than in the Trump years. The asylum system is still all but broken.On Friday, in a dramatic turnaround from those early days, the president i...
Widening Mideast Crisis: Drone Strike Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers in Jordan, White House Says
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Widening Mideast Crisis: Drone Strike Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers in Jordan, White House Says

Three U.S. service members were killed in Jordan on Sunday and at least 34 others were injured in what the Biden administration said was a drone attack from an Iran-backed militia, the first American military fatalities from hostile fire in the turmoil spilling over from Israel’s war with Hamas.The attack happened at a remote logistics outpost in northeast Jordan called Tower 22 along the country’s shared borders with Syria and Iraq. The one-way attack drone hit near the outpost’s living quarters, causing injuries that ranged from minor cuts to brain trauma, a U.S. military official said.But the deaths of U.S. service members, most of whom were military reservists, will almost certainly increase pressure on President Biden to retaliate more forcefully as strife grows in the Middle East aft...
She Looked for Her Missing Brother. Now, People Are Looking for Her.
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She Looked for Her Missing Brother. Now, People Are Looking for Her.

Only a few torn pieces of the crime scene tape around Lorenza Cano’s house are left. The shards of glass from the front door are gone. So are the bullet casings.All that remains is the hope that Ms. Cano will be found.The 55-year-old activist is one of hundreds of women in Mexico who became advocates for the country’s disappeared population after their own loved ones went missing. Ms. Cano’s brother, José Francisco, was abducted in 2018 and never found.Now, she herself has vanished.Last week, gunmen burst into her home in Salamanca, an industrial city in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato, killing her husband and son and taking her away into the night.The abduction has highlighted one of Mexico’s most haunting national tragedies: a crisis of disappearances.Impunity is rampant, public sec...
Israel Hamas War News: Protests Resume at Border Crossing Used for Aid to Gaza
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Israel Hamas War News: Protests Resume at Border Crossing Used for Aid to Gaza

As Israel and Hamas continue indirect talks on a cease-fire, the gap between the sides remains wide, especially on two issues: the length of any pause in fighting and the fate of Hamas leaders in Gaza, according to officials briefed on the talks.Here is a look at where the talks stand.How are the negotiations going?A weeklong truce in November allowed the release of more than 100 of the hostages abducted in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel; 240 Palestinian prisoners were released as part of that deal. Since then, both sides have staked out seemingly intractable positions for another such agreement.The talks have advanced in fits and starts, with the leader of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency meeting with Qatari officials in both Qatar and Europe. Many of Hamas’s political leaders are bas...
Tourists to Colombia Warned Against Using Dating Apps After Sedatives Fuel Crime
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Tourists to Colombia Warned Against Using Dating Apps After Sedatives Fuel Crime

Steven Valdez thought he recognized the woman in the Medellín park. Chatting, the two realized they had matched on the dating platform Tinder. They exchanged numbers and made plans.On their date last spring, he said the woman suggested that he try a typical Colombian dish — a creamy soup called ajiaco. She carried it from a restaurant counter to their table.He had two spoonfuls, Mr. Valdez, 31, said. “And that’s the last thing I remember.”Like scores of visitors to the Colombian city last year, Mr. Valdez, a travel blogger, said he was told at the hospital that he had ingested a powerful, potentially fatal cocktail of sedatives, including a drug called scopolamine.Scopolamine makes its victims black out, and experts say it can also make them unusually open to suggestion — including agreein...
Modi Opens a Giant Temple, a Triumph Toward a Hindu-First India
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Modi Opens a Giant Temple, a Triumph Toward a Hindu-First India

They fanned out across the vast country, knocking on doors in the name of a cause that would redefine India.These foot soldiers and organizers, including a young Narendra Modi, collected millions of dollars to be socked away for a long fight to build a grand Hindu temple in Ayodhya, in northern India. Across 200,000 villages, ceremonies were arranged to bless individual bricks that would be sent to that sacred city, believed by Hindus to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.The bricks, the campaign’s leaders declared, would not just be used for the temple’s construction on land occupied for centuries by a mosque. They would be the foundation for a Hindu rashtra, or Hindu nation, that would correct what right-wing Hindus saw as the injustice of India’s birth as a secular republic.Now, nearly ...
The Growing Private-Sector Involvement in Canadian Public Health Care Systems
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The Growing Private-Sector Involvement in Canadian Public Health Care Systems

This week, the provincial government in Ontario announced that it was expanding the number of private clinics providing medical services.Right now, Ontario has about 900 such clinics, and they mostly offer medical imaging and cataract surgeries. Sylvia Jones, the province’s health minister, said this week that the government was expanding its program to include hip and knee replacements.The province is being careful not to violate the Canada Health Act by requiring people to pay for medically necessary procedures. That would jeopardize the 20 billion Canadian dollars the province will receive this year from the federal government for health care. While the clinics will be privately operated, their procedures will be covered under the provincial health care plan as if they had been performe...