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Australia Plans 'World-First' Move Against Pedophiles

'The existing passport legislation was not working'

(Newser) - "No country has ever taken such decisive and strong action to stop its citizens from going overseas ... to abuse kids." So declares an Australian official in discussing a bold "world-first" plan that would see passports denied to convicted pedophiles who had served their time but remained a... More »

White Sox Player Ate His Passport on a Plane

Jose Abreu testified he had to get rid of fake doc before landing in US

(Newser) - Some people snack on the peanuts offered on airline flights; Jose Abreu scarfs down beer and pieces of his passport. That's what the first baseman for the Chicago White Sox testified Wednesday in Miami at a trial for a baseball agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball... More »

Snowden One Step Closer to Russian Citizenship

NSA whistleblower just got 3-year extension on residency permit

(Newser) - Comrade Edward Snowden? Per Reuters , the NSA whistleblower just inched closer to that possibility with a three-year extension of his residency permit in Russia, meaning he may be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship next year, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, as saying Wednesday.... More »

Glasses Banned From US Passport Photos

State Department says this will speed things up

(Newser) - There's going to be a lot of squinting Americans in passport photos starting next month: The State Department says that as of Nov. 1, eyeglasses will be banned in photos for passports and visa applications unless the photos come with a doctor's note saying the glasses are a... More »

Most Powerful Passport Isn't American or British

It's German, giving holder visa-free access to 177 countries

(Newser) - Think Americans hold the most powerful passport on the planet? You're not even close, according to an index from a British immigration and citizenship firm. Henley & Partners' Visa Restrictions Index finds a German passport gives its holder visa-free access to 177 countries, more than any other passport. In... More »

The Internet Loses It Over Prince's Passport Photo

Um, wow

(Newser) - Most of us look like this in our passport photos, but most of us are not Prince. The Internet has gone head over heels after the musician tweeted his most recent passport photo last week. A sample of the fawning reaction:
  • "Most glamorous passport photo in history," declares
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Tax Dodgers: Feds Could Soon Snatch Your Passport

If measure passes, 'seriously delinquent' taxes could mean no passport

(Newser) - If lawmakers push a provision through in December, US citizens who owe back taxes will have more to worry about than accumulating debt. As part of a transit and highway funding bill currently being negotiated in Congress, the provision would allow the feds to revoke, deny, or limit a person'... More »

Dubai Won't Let In World's Most Pierced Man

The horned, heavily pierced German couldn't get through customs

(Newser) - The German IT worker who lays claim to the world's most piercings with 453 —most of which are on his face and genitals—is also claiming he couldn't get through customs on his way to a night club in Dubai due to officials worrying he might be... More »

How Is Snowden Traveling Without a Passport?

Ecuador has issued him a special refugee visa

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is quite the jet-setter these days ( when he shows up for his flight anyway )—even though the State Department has revoked his passport. How is that possible? It's because he is, at least as far as Ecuador is concerned, a refugee. Passports, the BBC explains,... More »

Russia Rolls Out Red Carpet for Depardieu

What 75% tax? Russia offers tax-dodger a free apartment

(Newser) - Things are looking up for Gerard Depardieu: Not only is the French actor a newly minted Russian , he's already broken bread with Vladimir Putin, gotten a hero's welcome, and scored a free apartment. Depardieu grabbed his shiny new Russia passport from Pooty-Poot last night over dinner in Sochi,... More »

'Pathetic' Depardieu Quits France in Tax Rage

Trades barbs with PM, turns in passport after he moved to Belgium

(Newser) - For those American liberals who threaten to move to France should a presidential election not go their way, Gerard Depardieu is noisily heading in the opposite direction and burning his bridges as he goes: The actor is publicly surrendering his French passport and lambasting socialist PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, who had... More »

Canadian Uses iPad Scan to Cross Into US

He forgot his passport but remembered his scanned copy

(Newser) - In what looks to be a first, a Canadian traveler got across the US border via iPad. It wasn't intentional: Montreal resident Martin Reisch realized he forgot his passport en route but remembered he had a scanned copy on his Apple gadget, reports the Canadian Press . He handed over... More »

DSK Gets His Passport Back

But his next move isn't certain

(Newser) - France may not want him to use it to return home and mount a run for the presidency, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn has his passport back as of today, reports the New York Post . "I can confirm that the New York Police Department and the Office of the District Attorney... More »

Supreme Court Steps Into Thorny Case on Jerusalem

Case questions birth country of Jerusalem-born American

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is about to take on a case that tangles Israeli politics with questions of congressional and executive power. It will hear an appeal from the parents of an American born in Jerusalem—a city the US doesn’t recognize as belonging to Israel—who wants Israel listed... More »

Proposed Passport Form Is Basically Impossible

Unless, of course, you've been keeping detailed records since before birth

(Newser) - Need a passport? Better find your birth certificate, because the State Department is considering a new, and nearly impossible to complete, form that would be required for those who can't produce one. In addition to "easy" questions like listing every residence and job you've had since birth... More »

Stranded Maid Dies of Stress After 5 Nights in Airport

Authorities pass the blame in death of woman who lost passport

(Newser) - An Indian maid died of what doctors say was a stress-induced heart attack after being forced to spend five nights sleeping in a transit area at Oman's Muscat airport. The 40-year-old lost her passport on a connecting flight between Oman and Qatar, and she was sent back to Oman instead... More »

US Refuses to Recognize Iroquois Passports

Lacrosse team blocked from foreign competition

(Newser) - US officials are refusing to recognize passports held by Iroquois native Americans, blocking champion lacrosse players from traveling to a top international competition in Great Britain. The Iroquois Nationals, including players from upstate New York and Canada, have been traveling for 20 years with the passports, which were issued by... More »

Surgery No Longer Needed for Passport Gender Swap

Move will make travel easier for transgender people

(Newser) - People who want to change their gender on their passport will no longer need to go under the knife, the State Department has declared. All an applicant need do now is show a doctor's certification that the or she has undergone "appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition," which... More »

Lindsay Lohan Won't Be Arrested

Judge recalls warrant when bail is posted

(Newser) - Tough break for the paparazzi: Lindsay Lohan won't be arrested upon her return to Los Angeles from France, reports TMZ . The judge in her DUI case recalled the bench warrant for her arrest after her people posted bail and promised she'd be in court bright and early Monday morning. Assuming... More »

Rivers, Barred From Flight, Explodes

Her name didn't match the boarding pass

(Newser) - It's going to be a long, excruciating year for airport security guards if every passenger reacts to safety concerns the way Joan Rivers did recently. Rivers lashed a female guard as a "moronic idiot" and "premenstrual" after she was barred from boarding a Newark-bound flight from Costa Rica... More »

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