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Ex-Filipino diplomat who sued Xi barred entry to Hong Kong

Jun. 21, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine foreign secretary who accused in an international court Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity said he was barred from entering Hong Kong on Friday and held at the airport for hours. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The...

'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports

Jun. 15, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe's economy in shambles and political tensions rising, leaving the country seems the best option for many who are desperate for jobs. But those dreams often end at the passport office, which doesn't have enough foreign currency to import proper paper and ink. A passport...

Venezuelans rush to Peru before new requirements take effect

Jun. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

AGUAS VERDES, Peru (AP) — Tired and thirsty, Betania Ramírez crossed into Peru on Friday with her 1-year-old girl in her arms and her 8-year-old boy beside her. Ramírez has no friends or relatives in Peru, and some of her luggage was stolen as she crossed two countries in cargo trucks and on foot...

Venezuelans flock to Peru before new entry requirements

Jun. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Venezuelan citizens were rushing to enter Peru Thursday less than two days before it imposes new entry requirements on migrants fleeing the crisis-wracked South American nation. Long lines of people carrying blankets and suitcases had formed at a border post in northern Peru, while...

Advocates: Police flouted 'sanctuary' law in traffic stop

Jun. 12, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Immigrant advocates on Wednesday said police in Southern California flouted a state law aimed at protecting immigrants when they called border agents on a driver who showed a Mexican license. Eva Bitrán, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California,...

The Latest: US will recognize expired Venezuelan passports

Jun. 7, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The Trump administration says it will recognize the validity of Venezuelan passports for five years beyond their printed expiration dates. The State Department announced Friday that the passports will be...

China issues US travel alert warning of official harassment

Jun. 4, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China issued a travel warning for the U.S. on Tuesday, saying Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The warning urges Chinese citizens and Chinese-funded bodies in the U.S. to step up...

Canada suspends operations at embassy in Venezuela

Jun. 2, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada suspended operations at its embassy in Venezuela on Sunday, saying the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro regime would not renew visas for its diplomats. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that Canada had no choice. "The regime has taken steps to...

"El Chapo" mother says US approved visa to visit drug lord

Jun. 1, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mother of convicted drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán said Saturday that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City granted her a visa so she can visit her son in prison. Sitting in a wheelchair in front of the embassy, Consuelo Loera said she and two daughters were both approved...

US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants

Jun. 1, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It's a vast expansion of the Trump administration's enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that's just...