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Mississippi sheriff sets policies amid racial profiling suit

Sep. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A county in south Mississippi has settled a racial profiling lawsuit and its sheriff's department is setting new policies that limit officers' use of race or national origin as a reason to stop and question people, attorneys say. A family with Latino and Native American background...

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

Pakistan to open border crossing for India Sikhs in November

Sep. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials said Monday that a much-awaited visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India will be ready by early November, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. The Pakistani project director, Atif Majid, told...

Florida-bound evacuees from Bahamas asked to get off ferry

Sep. 9, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — More than 100 Bahamians who hoped to evacuate to Florida after Hurricane Dorian but didn't have visas were kicked off a ferry because operators failed to coordinate the mission with authorities, officials said Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the agency...

Marital bliss or nah: '90 Day Fiance' becomes hit for TLC

Sep. 9, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "90 Day Fiance" is becoming more popular by the spinoff for TLC. The docu-series follows different couples involving an American and a foreigner who are searching for love while trying to overcome cultural barriers in a race to marry. It's a rushed journey to the altar, particularly for...

Harvard student denied US entry arrives in time for classes

Sep. 3, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Palestinian student who was denied entry to the United States just days before he was scheduled to start classes at Harvard University has been admitted to the country. Ismail Ajjawi was on campus as classes began Tuesday, the university confirmed. "The last ten days have been difficult and...

US to use fake social media to check people entering country

Aug. 30, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship. An updated Homeland Security Department review of potential privacy issues dated July 2019 that...

Questions after US turns away Palestinian Harvard freshman

Aug. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the...

Passenger at Munich airport held after bypassing security

Aug. 27, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities at Munich airport detained a passenger who left a terminal via an emergency exit instead of going through passport control, prompting a temporary partial shutdown of one of Germany's busiest airports Tuesday. Police said the incident had been a mistake and the man is unlikely to...

Traveling with pets: No-deal Brexit would make it far harder

Aug. 27, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All across Europe, families and couples on vacation are seamlessly crossing borders with their beloved dog, cat or even ferret, thanks to the European Union Pet Passport scheme. Now, as a no-deal Brexit looms as a possibility for Britain, free pet travel is under threat. If the U.K. leaves...