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Djokovic ruling fits with Australia's tough immigration line

Jan. 14, 2022 15:14 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials might seem harsh to people watching from afar. But Australia has long taken a severe stance on immigration, including warehousing refugees in offshore detention camps and...

105 Mexican immigration agents linked to corruption

Jan. 13, 2022 19:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s immigration agency said Thursday that 105 of its agents have been reported to the internal affairs office for allegedly corrupt behavior. The National Immigration Institute did not describe the purported wrongdoing, but said it was combatting...

Some Palestinians get legal status after years in Gaza limbo

Jan. 10, 2022 01:17 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Khader al-Najjar has been unable to leave the Gaza Strip since he returned to the Palestinian territory 25 years ago, not even to seek medical treatment for a spinal ailment or to bid farewell to his mother, who died in Jordan last year. The reason:...

Some say politics at play in Djokovic detention in Australia

Jan. 07, 2022 10:49 AM EST

On the tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But when the No. 1 player boarded a plane for Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year with a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, his timing hardly could have been worse. While he was in the air, the game apparently shifted...

Mexico requires visas for Venezuelans in migrant crackdown

Jan. 06, 2022 23:58 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Thursday it will begin requiring travel visas for Venezuelans starting Jan. 21, after a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach the U.S. border. In publishing the new rules, the Interior Department said the decision was based on a tenfold...

US hits 8 Cuban officials with travel bans

Jan. 06, 2022 18:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has slapped a travel ban on eight Cuban officials it says have been complicit in the repression of opposition protesters and other dissidents. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced visa restrictions on Thursday in a statement that...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 27, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Dallas Morning News. Dec. 26, 2021. Editorial: Will Texas school superintendents quit in droves in 2022? Public school superintendents feel pressure from many sides. It comes from politicians, parents, teachers and sometimes even students. As stewards of...

Bustling bars, surging business: Dubai sees a post-vax boom

Dec. 23, 2021 08:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Nations around the world are lurching into lockdown, steeling themselves for a brutal surge as the omicron variant spreads like wildfire. But in Dubai, Donna Sese is bracing for a very different surge: countless restaurant bookings and meter-long...

Citizenship agency charts new course with fiscal challenges

Dec. 16, 2021 11:36 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the U.S. agency that grants citizenship and visas says it's getting a grip on finances that threatened massive furloughs last year and is preparing to propose fees for its services that won't limit legal immigration to the “very wealthy,” a jab at a Trump...

WH aims to restore faith in government by improving services

Dec. 13, 2021 16:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday aimed at rebuilding the public's trust in government by making it easier to do things like renew passports, apply for Social Security benefits and get aid after natural disasters. The idea is to put the public...