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Finnish border closed to Russians with tourist visas

Sep. 30, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland's border with Russia was closed to Russians with tourist visas Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. Long...

Finland bans entry to Russian tourists starting at midnight

Sep. 29, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Finland announced it would ban Russian citizens with tourist visas from entering the country starting Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin's war in...

Austria to launch checks at Slovak border to stop migrants

Sep. 28, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria announced Wednesday that it will start checking travel documents at its border with Slovakia following a similar decision by the Czech Republic to keep migrants from entering without authorization. The checks were set to start at midnight Wednesday and...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...

US Embassy in Cuba to process full immigrant visas in 2023

Sep. 21, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that the U.S. Embassy in Cuba will begin processing full immigrant visas in early 2023, making it easier for Cubans to reunite with family members in the United States. The embassy in Havana had last processed full immigrant...

Baltic nations close borders to Russians over Ukraine war

Sep. 19, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania closed their borders Monday to most Russian citizens in response to the wide domestic support in Russia for the war in Ukraine. Under the coordinated travel ban, Russians wishing to travel to the Baltic countries as tourists or...

Finland: Real estate may no longer secure visas for Russians

Sep. 15, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president said Thursday that he wants to make it harder for Russians to use owning real estate in the Nordic nation - usually apartments or summer cottages - as justification for obtaining travel visas. “Getting a visa to a country is not a subjective...

4 nations bordering Russia to restrict Russian tourists

Sep. 08, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European countries that border Russia will take regional steps this month to limit people from Russia from entering Europe’s visa-free zone by land because they “are increasingly concerned about the substantial and growing influx of Russian citizens.” ...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Sep. 06, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 6 The Washington Post on immigration Border Patrol agents are stopping unauthorized migrants coming from Mexico at record levels. Little wonder more than half of Americans now say an...

Russian news agency: Bombing hits outside Russian Embassy in Kabul as people lined up for visas; casualties reported

Sep. 05, 2022 04:39 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Russian news agency: Bombing hits outside Russian Embassy in Kabul as people lined up for visas; casualties reported.