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Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Oct. 18, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of...

Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

Oct. 18, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims said Thursday his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the...

Migrants moving again in Guatemala, Trump targets Democrats

Oct. 17, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — More than 2,000 Honduran migrants traveling en masse through Guatemala resumed their journey toward the United States on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump sought to turn the caravan into a political issue three weeks before midterm elections. A day after warning Central...

Serbia abolishes visa-free travel with Iran over EU pressure

Oct. 11, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has abolished vise-free travel with Iran apparently in response to European Union pressure after the system was abused by migrants trying to reach the bloc. More than 15,000 Iranians have visited Serbia since visas were abolished last August. Many have moved on toward Western...

Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security

Oct. 10, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Passport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport — the world's busiest for international travel. That's because the airport debuted a new "smart tunnel" that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travelers to...

Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities

Oct. 9, 2018 3:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at the city's Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities. Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said...

Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor's visa renewal

Oct. 5, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have refused to renew the work visa of a senior editor of the Financial Times, the newspaper said Friday, a move that came after he chaired a talk by a pro-independence activist that drew Beijing's ire. Rights groups called the rejection the latest sign of Beijing's...

Taxi receipt, records appear to link alleged hackers to GRU

Oct. 4, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — April 12 was supposed to be another day on the job for Alexei Morenets, the balding 41-year-old alleged to be an on-site hacking specialist for Russian military intelligence. Morenets' work for the agency, often abbreviated as GRU, was said to involve using specialized equipment to break into...

Germany to expand job-seeker visas, seeks skilled workers

Oct. 2, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Tuesday it will expand a system of six-month visas allowing people from outside the European Union to seek jobs as part of an effort to tackle a shortfall of skilled workers. It also said it has agreed on a solution to help rejected but well-settled asylum-seekers,...

Problems for Pentagon's immigrant recruit program

Oct. 1, 2018 2:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U.S. officials. The...