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Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

Dec. 6, 2019 11:04 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in Serbia's integration process despite its affiliation with Russia. Hashim Thaci said Serbia's leader visited...

Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

Dec. 2, 2019 9:29 AM EST

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up...

US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

Nov. 27, 2019 1:21 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. judge in Oregon on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said in a written opinion that the proclamation could...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

‘Historic’ 1st visa-free trip by Pole to US mocked as stunt

Nov. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish state television’s reporting on the “emotional” and “historic” first visit by a Polish citizen to the United States without need of a visa has faced scrutiny and ridicule after viewers noticed the traveler was one of the broadcaster’s...

Pakistan opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated Saturday a visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. Imran Khan and Narendra Modi held separate opening ceremonies...

Nobel Prize winner Handke admits having Yugoslav passport

Nov. 8, 2019 1:20 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nobel laureate Peter Handke has admitted that he had a Yugoslav passport in the 1990s but said he never had Yugoslav citizenship, his response to an investigation of whether he legally held on to his Austrian citizenship after obtaining the travel document. Handke, who won the Nobel...

5 screenwriters get career jumpstart with film academy honor

Nov. 8, 2019 12:14 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters gained the film academy's stamp of admission into Hollywood with help from an ensemble of actors that included Tyrese Gibson and Amandla Stenberg. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in...

'A campaign of slander': Takeaways from impeachment witness

Nov. 7, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official offered some of the most pointed testimony to date in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, alleging that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani led a "campaign of slander" against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to an interview...

Polish citizens to travel visa-free to US from next week

Nov. 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa from next week, officials said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that including Poland — a "trusted partner" — in the Visa Waiver Program was testament to the two countries' "special...