KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday and said it would last until further notice. The travel ban could affect an Asian Cup qualifier football match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues. The Football Association of Malaysia said it will issue a statement later Thursday, when asked if the team would be allowed to fly to Pyongyang despite the ban. The statement cited North Korea's missile tests and related developments. North Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles … [Read more...] about Malaysia bans all citizens from traveling to North Korea
Sebastian Meyer | Corbis | Getty Images Passengers wait in the lounge for the first flight to take off from the new Erbil International Airport. The United States has ended a four month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard U.S. bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration. Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport was the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed in a tweet late on Wednesday local time. Middle East carriers have blamed Trump's travel restrictions, which include banning citizens of some Muslim majority countries from visiting the United States, for a downturn in demand on U.S … [Read more...] about US ends controversial laptop ban on Middle East carriers
People protest and welcome arriving passengers at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, on Jan. 28. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post) At 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, President Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries will go into partial effect. After months during which the ban was stayed by federal judges, the Supreme Court this week allowed the administration’s bar on entry for visitors from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to move forward — with a big caveat. Those with a “bona fide” connection to the country, including having a job or being enrolled in college, had to be allowed in. So, too, did those seeking entry who have a close family member in the United States. What’s a close family member? On Wednesday night, the State Department issued guidelines that clarified. “Close family” is defined as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, … [Read more...] about The travel ban going into effect would have saved zero lives from terrorist attacks in the last 20 years
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to let a limited version of President Trump’s travel ban take effect, so we are republishing an updated version of this story. President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from six Muslim-majority nations due to “heightened concerns about terrorism” was quickly frozen by the courts, much like an earlier version of the ban, until the Supreme Court acted on Monday. The justices said they would let the ban partially take effect and, in the ruling, announced plans to consider the case later this year. The Supreme Court made a key exception, saying the ban could not be “enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” But otherwise, the Trump administration is now free to impose a 90-day ban on travelers from six countries that it had said posed certain “national security … [Read more...] about Supreme Court partially restores Trump travel ban that wouldn’t have kept out anyone behind deadly terrorist attacks
Trump administration officials spoke to members of the media, March 6, about a new executive order imposing a ban on U.S. entry for new visa seekers from six majority-Muslim nations. Here are key moments from that news conference. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to let a limited version of President Trump’s travel ban take effect, so we are re-publishing an updated version of this story. President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from six Muslim-majority nations due to “heightened concerns about terrorism” was quickly frozen by the courts, much like an earlier version of the ban, until the Supreme Court acted on Monday. The justices said they would let the ban partially take effect and, in the ruling, announced plans to consider the case later this year. The Supreme Court made a key exception, saying the could not be “enforced against foreign nationals who have a … [Read more...] about Supreme Court partially restores Trump travel ban, which wouldn’t have kept out anyone behind deadly terrorist attacks
For Mounaf Alsamman, a Syrian-born Twin Cities physician, President Donald Trump’s executive order Monday brought mixed news: His brother’s family, in the final stage of the resettlement process, faces another four months of waiting. But unlike the January version, this order doesn’t single out Syrian refugees for an indefinite suspension. “An indefinite ban was really scary,” Alsamman said. “Now we can breathe.” For the refugee destination of Minnesota, the new version of the executive order suspending resettlement and travel for natives of six majority-Muslim countries brought a sense of déjà vu, with a few key twists. Refugee arrivals here had already dropped off dramatically as the Trump administration slashed the number to be received, and local agencies prepared for a slow spring and summer. For visa holders and local Iraqis, whose country came off the list of nations facing travel restrictions, the new order brought relief. … [Read more...] about New travel ban order draws mix of reactions in Minnesota
More than 75 professors from Arizona's three state universities have signed a national petition denouncing President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration as discriminatory and detrimental to the country. Louie Villalobos/azcentral.com Wochit Donald Trump says he was only trying to protect us from the âbad dudesâ when he suspended refugeeÂ admissions and slapped a travel ban on people entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the "bad" would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!â Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017 No doubt there are a lot of bad dudes out there. In fact, lately, it seems as if they live in some of the most astonishing places. But before we start getting all paranoid and spotting Yemeni terrorists behind every bush, letâs consider how many "bad dudes"Â from the seven now-banned countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and … [Read more...] about Trump’s travel ban would have saved HOW MANY Americans?
Banafsheh Sadeghi was attending meetings in Singapore when events back home forced her to make a sudden decision. Reports were leaking out last month that President Donald Trump was about to sign an executive order banning travel into the United States from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Sadeghi, a UC Davis assistant professor who’s an Iranian citizen, had planned to visit her mother in her home nation after leaving Singapore, but decided it was too risky. She has a son in Davis and was nervous she’d be blocked from seeing him for months. Sadeghi jumped on a flight and landed at San Francisco International Airport around 7 p.m. Jan. 26, the day before Trump signed his order. One more day, and “I wouldn’t have been able to even board a plane here,” she said. Sadeghi joined about 100 students and professors who stood in a driving rain Thursday in the quad next to UC Davis’ Memorial Union in a show of solidarity with those affected by the executive … [Read more...] about Trump travel ban puts Sacramento area colleges on alert
President Donald Trump's recent ban on travelers from certain countries could put a chill on international medical visits to hospitals in Chicago and elsewhere, Rush University warned Tuesday. "Patients are coming to the United States generally for the most complex, necessary care that they can't get at home, and delaying that care … could ultimately be a matter of life or death," said Tricia Johnson, a professor at Rush, the academic arm of Rush University Medical Center, who helps track medical travel data for a national consortium of hospitals and health systems. About 50,000 patients came to the U.S. between July 2014 and July 2015 for treatment at 33 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. that were tracked by a center at Rush. That doesn't include international patients treated at other U.S. hospitals. The top five countries that patients came from included Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Mexico, she said. Those countries aren't part of Trump's … [Read more...] about Trump travel ban could hurt medical visits to U.S.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Just two days after banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Saudi monarch, whose kingdom includes Islam’s holiest sites, to fly to Washington. It points to the delicate balancing act Trump faces as he tries to deliver on campaign promises to exterminate “radical Islamic terrorism” without endangering political and economic ties with U.S. allies in the region, including some where the Trump Organization has business interests. The executive order could upend gains on the battlefields of Mosul, where U.S. forces aid Iraqi commandos, or scuttle billions of dollars’ worth of American aircraft sales to Tehran. Trump has vigorously defended the ban, saying it is only “about terror and keeping our country safe.” Traditional American allies in the region have kept largely silent about the ban. Many welcome tougher action against Iran, one of the seven countries included … [Read more...] about AP Analysis: Trump travel ban risks straining Mideast ties