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Migrant caravan in south Mexico demands corridor to border

Jun. 24, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — An estimated 2,000 migrants walked out of this southern Mexico city Friday, saying they are not interested in visas and permits the government has issued in efforts to dissolve other caravans and calling instead for buses to the U.S. border. The latest...

Ukraine introduces visa regime for Russians amid war

Jun. 17, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian cabinet approved a resolution on Friday to bar Russian citizens from entering Ukraine without a visa. The move is likely to be viewed as symbolic given that the borders between Russian and Ukraine have remained shut since Moscow invaded its...

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Jun. 15, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it has scrapped its controversial Afrikaans language test for South African travelers aimed at weeding out people with phony passports. The Dublin-based airline changed its policy of requiring South African travelers to the U.K. to pass...

US-expelled Haitians fuel charter business to Latin America

Jun. 14, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — With jokes, upbeat Caribbean music and vacation scenes of sun-kissed beaches and palm trees, Haitian influencers on YouTube and TikTok advertise charter flights to South America. But they are not targeting tourists. Instead, they are touts for...

Ukraine: Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

Jun. 11, 2022 22:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers...

Japan eases foreign tourism ban, allows guided package tours

Jun. 10, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday eased its borders for foreign tourists and began accepting visa applications, but only for those on guided package tours who are willing to follow mask-wearing and other antivirus measures as the country cautiously tries to balance business and infection worries. ...

Migrants split on whether to keep walking through Mexico

Jun. 09, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

VILLA COMALTITLÁN, Mexico (AP) — A group of migrants that once numbered as many as 5,000 split on Thursday about whether to keeping walking through southern Mexico toward the U.S. border. A group of about 2,000 mainly younger male migrants set out walking Thursday from the...

Venezuelans big presence in caravan after visa requirement

Jun. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — After walking for two days along rural highways in southern Mexico with several thousand other migrants, Venezuelan Wilber Pires spent what was supposed to be a day of rest for the caravan asking for help to buy medicine for his daughter. Two-year-old Valesca...

Ryanair forces Afrikaans test on South African passengers

Jun. 06, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it's forcing South African travelers to the U.K. to do a test in the Afrikaans language to prove their nationality in an apparent effort to weed out those with phony passports. Dublin-based Ryanair, Europe's biggest airline, mainly...

Russia puts more strength behind 'creeping' Ukraine advance

Jun. 04, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Reinforced Russian troops backed by airstrikes pummeled a portion of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, blowing up bridges and shelling apartment buildings as they fought to capture two cities that would put a contested province under Moscow's control, Ukrainian officials said. ...