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Philippines bans two U.S. senators, considers tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens

Philippines bans two U.S. senators, considers tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizensThe Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government critic, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said on Friday.



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U.S. Expelled Two Chinese Diplomats after Unauthorized Entry into SEAL Team 6 Headquarters

U.S. Expelled Two Chinese Diplomats after Unauthorized Entry into SEAL Team 6 HeadquartersThe U.S. secretly expelled two Chinese diplomats in September after entering a Virginia military base that houses the headquarters of SEAL Team 6, the New York Times reported Tuesday.The diplomats, along with their wives, were detained after the four drove through the outer perimeter of the Dam Neck Annex of Naval Air Station Oceana, south of Virginia Beach. They ignored orders from guards to turn back and were only stopped by fire trucks that were driven to block their path, according to the Times. One of the men is allegedly an intelligence operative with diplomatic cover.The U.S. has refused to comment on the incident or even confirm or deny that it took place. China, however, acknowledged on Monday that the two diplomats were expelled."The US accusation on our officials is completely inconsistent with the truth," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, who was formerly stationed at the country's embassy in Washington. "We urge the U.S. to correct its mistake, withdraw this decision and protect Chinese diplomats’ legitimate rights and interests according to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations."Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Uriah Orland told the Times he had no further information about the incident. "We take the security of all our installations very seriously," Orland said.The news comes at a time of escalated tensions between the U.S. and China. The two countries are currently locked in a trade war, and President Trump is currently pushing for a trade agreement that will see both sides reduce tariffs on imports.There have been several other recent U.S.-China espionage incidents, including the sentencing of a former CIA officer who was convicted of spying for China.



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Michael Bloomberg’s late entry into the 2020 race is based on a widespread fear among Democrats that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a ‘dire’ place

Michael Bloomberg’s late entry into the 2020 race is based on a widespread fear among Democrats that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a ‘dire’ placeBloomberg's expected entrance into the 2020 race is a clear sign that the billionaire thinks Joe Biden's campaign is on the rocks.



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The Far Right Lost Power in Italy Two Months Ago. So Why Are Migrant Rescue Boats Still Being Refused Entry?

The Far Right Lost Power in Italy Two Months Ago. So Why Are Migrant Rescue Boats Still Being Refused Entry?Two months after anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was ousted, migrant rescue boats like the Ocean Viking are still stuck at sea



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Venezuela denies entry to Guatemalan president-elect, scuppering meeting with opposition leader

Venezuela denies entry to Guatemalan president-elect, scuppering meeting with opposition leaderVenezuelan authorities on Saturday denied Guatemala’s president-elect Alejandro Giammattei entry into Venezuela, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido. Giammattei, a conservative who won the Central American country’s presidency in August, landed at Simon Bolivar international airport near the capital Caracas but was placed on a departing flight to Panama in part because he had not been invited by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, authorities said.



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US academic denied Hong Kong entry after Congress testimony

US academic denied Hong Kong entry after Congress testimonyAn American academic on Saturday said he was denied entry into Hong Kong days after he testified in a Congressional hearing alongside prominent democracy activists from the strife-torn semi-autonomous Chinese city. Dan Garrett said he was turned away after landing on Thursday for “unspecified immigration reasons” — something he said was a first in twenty years of travelling to and living in Hong Kong. The week before Garrett had appeared in Washington before the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) alongside prominent Hong Kong activists, including outspoken Cantonese popstar Denise Ho and former student leader Joshua Wong.



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The Harvard student who was denied entry into the US after immigration officers reportedly questioned his religion arrived on campus just before classes started

The Harvard student who was denied entry into the US after immigration officers reportedly questioned his religion arrived on campus just before classes startedCustoms and Border Protection finally granted the student admission to the US, but would not say why they denied entry in the first place.



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Renewing or applying for airport fast pass Global Entry? Brace for lengthy delays

Renewing or applying for airport fast pass Global Entry? Brace for lengthy delaysThe Global Entry trusted traveler program has been plagued by lengthy application delays. Some travelers report over 100 days to renew.



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155 migrants force entry into Spain's Ceuta enclave

155 migrants force entry into Spain's Ceuta enclaveA group of 155 migrants forced their way into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday, Spanish authorities said. “They are all from sub-Saharan Africa, the majority from Guinea,” a spokesman for the central government’s office in Ceuta told AFP.



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Palestinian Harvard student denied entry to US because 'friends posted anti-American statements'

Palestinian Harvard student denied entry to US because 'friends posted anti-American statements'A Palestinian Harvard student claims that he has been denied entry into the US because his friends had posted anti-American statements on social media. Ismail Ajjawi, 17, who is due to begin his studies at the prestigious university next Tuesday, said he was detained when he arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport on Friday night. Mr Ajjawai told the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, that immigration officers subjected him to hours of questioning and demanded access to his phone and computer. Mr Ajjawai, who lives in Lebanon, said he was asked about his religious beliefs and practices before officers trawled through his technology devices. The teenager said that after five hours an officer called him into a room and “started screaming" at him. "She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list,” he said.   Mr Ajjawi said he stressed to the officer that he had not made any political posts himself and that he should not be held responsible for others’ posts. “I have no single post on my timeline discussing politics,” he added. However he claimed that the officer cancelled his visa and informed him that he would be deported back to Lebanon. A spokesman for Harvard University told The Telegraph that the university is working closely with Mr Ajjawi's family "and appropriate authorities to resolve this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days”. US immigration officials have refused to divulge the specifics of Mr Ajjawi's case or why he was denied entry into the country but confirmed that the Customs and Border Protection agency found him "inadmissible".  "Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the US by overcoming all grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labour certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds," a spokesman for the CBP told the Crimson in a statement. "This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.” Mr Ajjawi, who was granted a scholarship by the Washington-based Amideast non-profit organisation, said that he is receiving assistance from an immigration lawyer and hopes to resolve his visa issues in time for the start of classes next week.



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