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Iranian who inspired 'The Terminal' dies at Paris airport

Nov. 12, 2022 17:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An Iranian man who lived for 18 years in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport and whose saga loosely inspired the Steven Spielberg film “The Terminal” died Saturday in the airport that he long called home, officials said. Mehran Karimi Nasseri died after a heart...

Cuban, US officials meet in Havana on consular services

Nov. 09, 2022 18:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and State Department officials met in Havana on Wednesday to discuss the expansion of consular and visa services on the island. The meeting is the latest in a series of friendly exchanges between the two governments, which share a historically icy relationship....

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak arrives in Lithuania

Oct. 27, 2022 08:16 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak — the glamorous daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-time boss — has arrived in Lithuania on an Israeli passport after fleeing Russian investigators who raided her home this week, officials said Thursday. ...

Serbia toughens visa rules as migration prompts EU pressure

Oct. 26, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is seeing a sudden tourism boom from countries whose citizens never had its sightseeing and shopping opportunities on their radar. That's largely due to the Balkan country's generous entry rules, which made it a key stop for migrants seeking to reach Europe without...

Germany, EU push to curb migration via Balkan route

Oct. 20, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday hosted a meeting with representatives of the European Union and several European countries — including from the western Balkans — in an effort to curb migration via the so-called Balkan route. “We want to protect the people who flee to us...

Hong Kong offers new visa to woo talent amid brain drain

Oct. 19, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader on Wednesday unveiled a new visa scheme to woo global talent, as the city seeks to stem a brain drain that is undermining its status as an international financial center. Chief Executive John Lee said the new Top Talent Pass Scheme will allow...

Migrants flown to Massachusetts certified as crime victims

Oct. 14, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas sheriff has certified 49 migrants flown from San Antonio to Massachusetts last month to be crime victims, a move that allows them to apply for special visas to remain in the United States. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar’s certifications allow the...

US will take in some Venezuelans, expel others to Mexico

Oct. 12, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration agreed to accept up to 24,000 Venezuelan migrants at U.S. airports, similar to how Ukrainians have been admitted since Russia’s invasion, while Mexico has agreed to take back Venezuelans who come to the U.S. illegally over land, the U.S. and Mexico said...

Japan eager to welcome tourists from abroad amid cheap yen

Oct. 10, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's hard to tell from his serious demeanor, but Akky International Corp. Chief Executive Hideyuki Abe can barely contain his excitement. Foreign tourists are coming back, those big-spending visitors from abroad who used to flock into his colorful store in Tokyo’s...

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...