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Stories with subject: Passports and visas
  • Turkey threatens to suspend agreements with EU story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 12:52 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey's president on Monday that Ankara must fulfill all the European Union's conditions to secure visa-free travel for its citizens, but Turkey responded that it would suspend agreements with the EU if the bloc does not keep its promises.

  • EU states agree to make it easier to limit visa-free travel story has photos
    Updated: May-20-16 10:15 am

    BRUSSELS - European Union nations agreed Friday to make it easier to suspend its visa waiver programs with some countries, just as Turkey is trying to secure visa-free travel for its citizens.

  • Police officer, lawyer among 19 facing immigration charges 
    Updated: May-19-16 7:46 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A lawyer and a former Mississippi police officer are among 19 people indicted on charges that they committed visa or marriage fraud to allow Indian men to obtain legal status in the United States.

  • US Embassy suspends visas in Venezuela over staff shortages 
    Updated: May-18-16 3:05 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is suspending appointments for Venezuelans seeking first-time tourist and business visas due to staff shortages it blames on President Nicolas Maduro's government.

  • Detention of Briton sparks concerns over Nepal's democracy story has photos
    Updated: May-17-16 9:13 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal has detained a British man over his alleged participation in an anti-government protest, just two weeks after expelling a Canadian for criticizing the government on social media.

  • Gazans say Jordan restricting movement 
    Updated: May-16-16 2:37 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gazans who endured a border blockade by neighboring Egypt and Israel for almost a decade thought they were finally catching a break when Israel slightly eased restrictions on travel from the Hamas-ruled territory in recent months.

  • Iran declines to take part in hajj over dispute with Saudis 
    Updated: May-12-16 5:18 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year for the annual hajj, an Iranian official said Thursday, the latest sign of tensions between the two Mideast powers after a disaster during the pilgrimage last year killed at least 2,426 people.

  • EU, Germany: Ball in Turkey's court on visa waiver issue 
    Updated: May-12-16 2:22 pm

    BERLIN - Turkey and the European Union faced off Thursday over a proposed deal to let Turks travel to Europe without visas - a crucial carrot the bloc has been dangling in order to get Turkey to halt the torrent of migrants flowing from its shores to EU member Greece.

  • Migrant deal in question as Turkey refuses terror law change 
    Updated: May-11-16 12:36 pm

    BRUSSELS - Turkey has officially refused to change its anti-terror laws to satisfy European Union demands as part of its efforts to secure visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, raising questions about the future of the EU's migrant deal with Ankara.

  • Foreign investors in fizzled development are at wit's end story has photos
    Updated: May-05-16 4:50 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Foreigners who had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility and a hotel and rental cottage project in Vermont to get green cards are scrambling to find a backup now that the project's developers are accused of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars in what investigators called a "massive eight-year fraud scheme."

  • EU says permanent border checks would cost billions annually 
    Updated: May-03-16 10:18 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission estimates that a permanent reintroduction of border checks in Europe's passport-free travel area could cost up to 18 billion euros ($20.7 billion) a year.

  • AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 2:32 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including pre-Islamic sites, and encouraging Saudis to spend some of their tourist money at home.

  • India revokes visa for Germany-based Uighur activist 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 5:42 am

    NEW DELHI - India has revoked a tourist visa given to a Germany-based ethnic Uighur activist to attend an upcoming conference at the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India, an official said Monday.