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In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, Wendy De Los Santos, originally from Dominican Republic, stands for a photograph in a window of her home, in Malden, Mass. The 38-year-old Massachusetts resident passed her test to become a U.S. citizen in mid-March, the day before businesses and government offices across her state were ordered shutdown over the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Thousands wait to take US citizenship oath amid virus delays

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Wendy De Los Santos passed the test to become a U.S. citizen just days before government offices shut down nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. In mid-March, officials said they would tell her in a few weeks when she could publicly recite the oath of allegiance, the final step...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows 42-year-old Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, who was arrested earlier this year in Arizona as part of an extradition request made by the Iraqi government. Ahmed, a native of Iraq who became a U.S. citizen in 2015, is charged with murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of two police officers in Fallujah. A hearing is scheduled Friday, May 15, 2020, in Phoenix to determine whether he should be jailed until his extradition case is over. Ahmed has denied involvement with any terror group and in the killings. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Feds: Man charged in 2006 Iraq slayings should remain jailed

May. 15, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors say an Iraqi immigrant arrested three months ago in Arizona on charges of participating in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Iraq should remain jailed until his extradition case concludes because he is at risk of fleeing and poses a danger to the community. Prosecutors...

Spain gives Sephardic Jews extra time for citizenship suits

May. 14, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government said Thursday it will extend the deadline for descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country more than 500 years ago, who have launched the process of acquiring Spanish citizenship but couldn't complete it due to the pandemic. The extension of one year until...

Liberian dies of COVID-19 before sentencing, denying justice

Apr. 14, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Liberian convicted of lying on his U.S. immigration forms about his ties to war criminals has died while awaiting sentencing. Federal prosecutors said in a letter to witnesses that Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a former top lieutenant for Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, died Sunday in a...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, an Iraqi man who has been arrested in Arizona as part of an extradition request made by the Iraqi government, which charged him with murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of two police officers in Fallujah. A court hearing for Ahmed is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Phoenix. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecutors: Suspect in Iraq slayings should remain jailed

Apr. 6, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant who ran a Phoenix driving school and was arrested two months ago on charges of participating in the killings of two police officers in Iraq nearly 15 year ago should remain jailed until his extradition case is over, federal prosecutors said. Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, who...