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Buttiegieg says rural Americans embrace immigrants they know

Aug. 14, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that anti-immigrant sentiment in rural America declines when residents know and appreciate the role of those moving into their communities. It's the thinking behind a provision in a rural economic plan introduced by the...

The Latest: UN chief urges no action on Kashmir status

Aug. 8, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India's security clampdown in Kashmir (all times local): 10:35 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on India and Pakistan to refrain from taking any steps that would affect the status of Kashmir. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday "the...

UK plans fast-track visa to attract scientists after Brexit

Aug. 8, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he plans to introduce a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world's best scientists to the U.K. Johnson said Thursday he wanted to "ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds from around the world." Few details were announced....

Street singing Venezuelan migrant gets chance of a lifetime

Aug. 2, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrant Alexander Beja has spent the last year singing on the streets of Bogotá to an audience of busy commuters who often walk by without paying much attention. But on a recent afternoon, the 22-year-old caught the eye of an unexpected visitor: Mexican...

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

Aug. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of...

Sri Lanka gives free visa to boost tourism after bomb blasts

Jul. 31, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it will give a one-month free visa on arrival to visitors from nearly 50 countries in its latest effort to revive the island nation's lucrative tourism industry that was badly hit by the Easter bomb attacks that killed 263 people. Tourism Minister...

Would-be Cuban immigrants left in limbo by consular closure

Jul. 30, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Mary Sardinas had prepared a room in her Miami house for the arrival of her son from Cuba. He'd sold his home and left his job thinking he'd soon be living in the United States. That was two years ago and he's still in Cuba. Sardinas is among thousands of Cubans living in the United States...

Saudi Arabia suspends visas to people from Congo over Ebola

Jul. 26, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions. Some Muslims in Congo had planned to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia next month. A...

Gay couple sues over US refusal to recognize kid as citizen

Jul. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A same-sex couple in Georgia said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the U.S. State Department is unconstitutionally refusing to recognize their daughter's rightful American citizenship. The State Department's policy treats married same-sex couples as if their marriages do not exist and treats...

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids

Jul. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds "children should not be used...