Global National Full Headlines for August 16

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Panicked crowds swarmed Kabul’s airport a day after the Taliban claimed control of Afghanistan’s capital, as thousands risk everything to escape their rule. What is Canada doing to help rescue those who helped Canadian Forces, and what is President Joe Biden’s message about the U.S. military’s exit? Eric Sorensen looks at the apparent fall of the country, nearly 20 years after the U.S.-led invasion – as many Afghans fear a return to the Taliban’s draconian rule, while the militant Islamist group reportedly rounds up and kills people on it target lists.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised Canada will help resettle thousands of at-risk people from Afghanistan, many of whom worked to support Canadian Forces during the NATO mission in the country. But as Mercedes Stephenson explains, anger is growing over the speed of Canada’s response, and for holding an election at a critical moment.

Looking at Canada’s 44th federal election campaign, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole unveiled his party’s platform on the second day of his campaign, which includes promises to recover jobs lost from the pandemic and stimulate the economy with big spending. Abigail Bimman breaks down the commitments, and their possible long-term implications.

In B.C., nearly 5,000 people have now been forced from their homes in the province’s interior, as aggressive wildfires worsen, devastating communities and creating apocalyptic scenes across the region. As Robin Gill reports, the situation remains extremely volatile, even as cooler conditions provide some relief.

In Haiti, rescue efforts in the aftermath of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake continue with emergency crews working against the clock, and with Tropical Depression Grace brings heavy rain and strong winds to the devastated country, thousands are in danger after being left homeless by the quake. As Mike Drolet explains, it’s yet another crisis in a small nation already in turmoil.

And despite Ottawa now requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated, Global News has learned Elections Canada will not be mandating vaccines for volunteers and staff working at poll stations. As Jamie Mauracher reports, it’s sparking concerns that decision could drive up virus transmission.

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