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Researcher: It's Time for 'Climate Passports'

People who lose their homes will need them, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber at UN summit

(Newser) - A prominent researcher is proposing establishing a "climate passport" for people driven from their homes by the impact of global warming, per the AP . Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said Thursday the passport could be modeled on a similar certificate given to... More »

US Revoking Passports of Hispanics Near Border

'Washington Post' reports on new crackdown based on old controversy

(Newser) - A new immigration controversy involves not the denial of US citizenship from applicants but the stripping of US citizenship from Hispanics along the Texas-Mexico border. The Washington Post unpacks the story, which asserts that hundreds and perhaps thousands of Hispanics in the region are suddenly having their American citizenship challenged.... More »

CAR Minister Says Tennis Star's Passport Is a 'Clumsy Fake'

And that Boris Becker isn't an official diplomat, though Becker disagrees

(Newser) - Boris Becker's claim of diplomatic immunity in an ongoing bankruptcy case just went from odd to bewildering. Though the former tennis champ claims his April appointment as a Central African Republic attache to the European Union means he's immune from bankruptcy hearings in the UK, the CAR appears... More »

Taiwan's New Passports Had One Big Problem

They used a photo of Dulles airport in DC, not one in Taiwan; official resigns

(Newser) - An official in Taiwan has stepped down from her post after what looks to be a multimillion-dollar mistake involving hundreds of thousands of passports. Focus Taiwan reports that Agnes Chen, the chief of the country's Bureau of Consular Affairs, resigned Wednesday after it was discovered the nation's new... More »

Convicted Pedophiles to Be Identified on New US Passports

New document will identify them as sex offenders

(Newser) - America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex offenders and will require them to apply for a new one that carries a "... More »

New Passport Rankings Have a Notable No. 1

For first time, an Asian nation (Singapore) gets the honors

(Newser) - A new ranking of the world's most powerful passports is out, and it contains a notable first, per US News & World Report . The Passport Index by financial advisory firm Arton Capital puts an Asian nation in the top spot for the first time. Singapore gets the honors, with... More »

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 »

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 »

Why You Should Renew Your Aging Passport Now

Delays expected with increased demand until 2018

(Newser) - If your US passport is set to expire in the next year or two, you might want to jump the gun and send your forms in now. The State Department warns 17 million new passports and renewals will be issued in 2016—up 1.5 million from last year—and... More »

Your Driver's License May Not Work at Airport Security Next Year

The Real ID Act is coming

(Newser) - Traveling by air within the US in 2016? You may need to show more than a driver's license. That's because the feds are threatening to finally enforce a 10-year-old law requiring states to have higher standards when issuing those licenses, the New York Times reports. Called the Real... More »

ISIS Likely Got Its Hands on Passport-Making Machine

Report says ISIS has probably been able to make passports since last summer

(Newser) - US intelligence has determined that ISIS likely has the ability to produce fake Syrian passports, reports ABC News . The network cites a 17-page Homeland Security Investigations Intelligence Report that states ISIS probably has at its disposal both a passport-printing machine and blank passport books; there's some additional fear that... More »

Contractor Ripped Passport Data for Years: Prosecutors

Chloe McClendon, two other women up on multiple charges

(Newser) - Apply for a new passport in recent years? We hope your application didn't reach the desk of a woman accused of stealing people's personal data from the State Department's passport office since 2010. Chloe McClendon, who worked as a contractor, was indicted this week in Houston, the... More »

Family's Problem: Daughter Harriet's Name 'Illegal'

But Hjörný, Haddý, Hekla, Hrafnhildur are just fine in Iceland

(Newser) - You might see why a government would be reluctant to hand Adolf Hitler a passport, but what's so bad about Harriet? A couple living in Iceland say the government has refused to issue their 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son new passports because their names, Harriet and Duncan, aren't... More »

Pakistan Finds Passports Linked to 9/11

Discovery suggests suspects hiding in South Waziristan

(Newser) - Pakistani soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects. One is a German document belonging to a man named Said Bahaji, believed to be a member of the Hamburg cell that conceived the attacks. The passport... More »

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