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US to relax travel ban, allowing fully vaccinated passengers from UK and EU to enter country – live

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Policy introduced by Trump administration 18 months ago will change from November, also benefiting travelers from China, Brazil and other countries

Country diary: my swim with a bloodthirsty hanger-on

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A good September day can feel more like true summer than any other time of year, and this sunny, sultry Sunday in the Patterdale valley is an excellent example. The landscape has eased into a settled maturity: the hed...

Country diary: vignettes of life across the moor

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In late summer warmth, sheep lie in the shade of stunted hawthorns. Others meander past dried-up hollows, granite moorstone covered in sun-crisped lichens and stonecrop, and coarse grasses and prickly gorse, towards f...

‘This is my country’: how the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi resolved to carry on his American dream

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At a gas station in Mesa, Arizona, meer as 2,300 miles from where the twin towers fell on 9/11, stands a permanent reminder of long reaching trauma. A memorial constructed with speckled white marble and black tile m...

‘I knew I was pushing buttons’: Kacey Musgraves on breaking country music taboos

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It is mid-morning in Nashville and Kacey Musgraves is padding around her new home, looking in the fridge and checking on her dogs while she talks. She moved in in April, after spending a year having it renovated. From...

Stephen Colbert: ‘Vaccine mandates have a proud, patriotic history in this country’

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“The biggest story today is that the coronavirus refuses to stop being the biggest story every day,” said Stephen Colbert on Thursday evening. “Thanks to Delta, the pandemic numbers are as bad as they were back in Mar...

Last member of Afghanistan’s Jewish community leaves country

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The last member of Afghanistan’s Jewish community has left the country. Zebulon Simentov, who lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, kept kosher and prayed in Hebrew, endured decades of war as the country’s centur...

If you want to know about life in an unvaccinated country, look to Uganda

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My gardener, Emmanuel, returned a few days ago after a five-month hiatus. One of the conditions for his return was that he needed to be vaccinated. He comes from Karamoja in the north-eastern part of Uganda, where the...

‘America is not a perfect country’: David Rubenstein on Trump, Biden and a nation’s troubled history

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In his introduction to The American Experiment, his new book of interviews with historians and cultural leaders, David Rubenstein identifies 13 “genes” he says helped repel Donald Trump’s assault on US democracy. They...

As a Sri Lankan New Zealander, I know my adopted country can find compassion amid terror

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I took some old, blunt kitchen knives to a second-hand shop a few months ago while decluttering. They politely declined the items, citing their policy against selling anything that could be used as a weapon. This shop...

Jong land dagboek: searching for an adder with my eagle eyes

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As a trainee zoologist, I love all animals, but I really love snakes! I’d never seen a wild adder, so when we went on an adventure to Colne Pointe nature reserve in Essex – which is famous for its adders – I felt fizz...

Jong land dagboek: my first ever goldfinch, and it’s staring right at me

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I’m on a walk with my mum – it’s way too early to be awake. The path is wet with morning dew. Flowers stand still in a breezeless field. Toe, movement. A splash of colour – I squint. Over there, settling on a branch,...

I dreamed of moving to the country – until I went on a rural summer holiday

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I may be a homosexual but, let me be very clear, I am not a homosexual who camps. Like a lot of people, I experimented with camping in my youth but eventually realised it wasn’t my thing. Steeds, a few years ago, I fou...

Jong land dagboek: this dying tree is still full of life

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Nature often shows that life and death are intertwined, and I have learned that what is important is how we perceive this. I went for a walk to my local woods. I loved the warm hug of the sun, the smell of refreshing ...

Country diary 1921: an Alpine idyll

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After the sweltering heat of Vienna it is like coming to heaven to be in the Salzkammergut. My quarters are in a peasant’s house with a spacious room containing the usual excellent spring bed and the usual quilted cov...

Jong land dagboek: welcome to the world of mini-beasts!

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Imagine you are shrinking, becoming so small that the grass towers over you. Welcome to the territory … of mini-beasts! Wandering down my garden, I feel the summer sun on my face. I crouch down, watching universes und...

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