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Pakistan opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated Saturday a visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. Imran Khan and Narendra Modi held separate opening ceremonies...

Nobel Prize winner Handke admits having Yugoslav passport

Nov. 8, 2019 1:20 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nobel laureate Peter Handke has admitted that he had a Yugoslav passport in the 1990s but said he never had Yugoslav citizenship, his response to an investigation of whether he legally held on to his Austrian citizenship after obtaining the travel document. Handke, who won the Nobel...

5 screenwriters get career jumpstart with film academy honor

Nov. 8, 2019 12:14 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters gained the film academy's stamp of admission into Hollywood with help from an ensemble of actors that included Tyrese Gibson and Amandla Stenberg. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in...

'A campaign of slander': Takeaways from impeachment witness

Nov. 7, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official offered some of the most pointed testimony to date in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, alleging that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani led a "campaign of slander" against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to an interview...

Polish citizens to travel visa-free to US from next week

Nov. 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa from next week, officials said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that including Poland — a "trusted partner" — in the Visa Waiver Program was testament to the two countries' "special...

Student: CVS workers rejected Puerto Rico ID, asked for visa

Nov. 5, 2019 11:13 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — CVS apologized and said it's investigating after a Purdue University engineering student was denied the purchase of over-the-counter cold medicine by employees who questioned his immigration status, refusing to accept his Puerto Rican driver's license and U.S. passport....

US judge blocks Trump's health insurance rule for immigrants

Nov. 3, 2019 12:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that...

AP Analysis: Iran, US still captive to 1979 hostage crisis

Nov. 3, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

The 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran may have ended after 444 days, but both America and Iran still remain captive to a crisis that began 40 years ago. While those held hostage at the embassy ultimately would be released, Iran to this day holds dual nationals and those with Western ties as bargaining chips...

US sued over health insurance rule for immigrant families

Oct. 30, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

A lawsuit Wednesday accused the Trump administration of preventing Americans from bringing their foreign spouses and parents to live with them in the United States by requiring those immigrants to prove they can afford health care before they get visas. Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed the...

US travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

Oct. 28, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday. San Francisco has expanded its social media presence on Chinese apps to market year-round travel to...