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Iran Refusing to Stamp Tourist Passports to Evade Sanctions

Iran announced Thursday it would not stamp the passports of foreign tourists to help the Islamic Republic withstand the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s historically crippling sanctions, which have reportedly harmed the country’s tourism industry.

Iranian demonstrators burn a makeshift US flag during a rally in the capital Tehran, on May 10 2019. - Iranian foreign minister blamed the EU for the decline of Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers and insisted the bloc "should uphold" its obligations under the pact in which Iran agreed …

Russia Fast-Tracks Passports for Eastern Ukraine

Russia began issuing “fast-tracked” passports to residents of eastern Ukraine this week, in accordance with an order signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in April. Some sixty residents of Ukraine’s Donbas region crossed the Russian border to receive their passports in a ceremony on Friday.

A Ukrainian border guarder scans a passport of a Russian citizen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border on the checkpoint of Goptivka, near Kharkiv, on January 3, 2018. - Ukraine introduced biometric control for Russian citizens and those of 69 other countries starting from January 1 claiming a significant number of illegal …

New British Passport Design Sparks Sexism Row

A new British passport design provoked a sexism row when it was unveiled, drawing criticism for featuring seven men and just two women to represent the country’s cultural heritage.The complex design covering the passport pages is aimed to be harder

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Lax Security, Phony IDs Surround Europe’s Migrant Flood

The Associated Press has filed an astounding report on the piles of fake documents appearing as discarded refuse along the migrant route into Europe, as the number of people claiming to be “Syrian” for the purposes of securing asylum status surges exponentially.

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ISIS Uses Stolen Passports to Bring Jihad Recruits to Syria and Iraq

The Assyrian International News Agency relays a report from Dubai television news concerning a raid on an ISIS safe house in Syria, in which rebel forces opposed to the Islamic State discovered a large stash of stolen Western passports. These travel documents have allegedly been used by ISIS to bring Western jihadi recruits to Iraq and Syria.

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