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US: No visa for Iran UN envoy over hostage crisis 'role'

The United States said Tuesday it will not issue a visa to Iran's chosen UN envoy Hamid Aboutalebi because of his "role" in the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran. "Given his role in the events of 1979... It would be unacceptable to grant this visa," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. jkb-sst/sg

White House: No US visa for Iran pick as UN envoy

The United States will not grant a visa to Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, over his alleged links to the 1979 US hostage crisis, the White House said Friday. "We have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a visa for Mr Aboutalebi," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. As the host government, the United States generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at the United Nations, although there have been exceptions. col-sst/jm

India offers visa on arrival for S. Korean tourists

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- India will offer visa-on-arrival (VOA) to South Korean tourists at its major airports for their convenience starting from next week, its embassy in Seoul said Thursday. The decision was made during South Korean President Park Geun-hye's state visit to India in January to improve ties between the two nations, the Indian embassy said. Korean visitors will be able to apply for a single entry tourist visa available for one month on arrival at eight airports for a fee of US$60 or the equivalent amount in Indian Rupees.

India offers visa on arrival for S. Korean tourists

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- India will offer visa-on-arrival (VOA) to South Korean tourists at its major airports for their convenience starting from next week, its embassy in Seoul said Thursday. The decision was made during South Korean President Park Geun-hye's state visit to India in January to improve ties between the two nations, the Indian embassy said. Korean visitors will be able to apply for a single entry tourist visa available for one month on arrival at eight airports for a fee of US$60 or the equivalent amount in Indian Rupees.

Pakistan police apologise for German tourist's 2 week detention

Pakistani police have apologised to a German tourist after she was detained for two weeks for allegedly violating the terms of her visa, her lawyer said Wednesday. Kim Laura Schweer was arrested on March 16 in the central town of Sakhi Sarwar, where she had gone to visit an annual festival in honour of a Sufi saint the town is named after, police official Rana Mohammad Asif said.

Ukraine to introduce visa regime with Russia: security chief

Ukraine's security chief said on Wednesday he had instructed the foreign ministry to introduce visas for Russians in response to the Kremlin's claim on its flashpoint Crimea peninsula. "The foreign ministry has been instructed to introduce a visa regime with the Russian Federation," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy told a televised press conference. bur-zak/mfp

India says 'disappointed' at US re-indictment of diplomat

India's government on Saturday said it was "disappointed" by new US charges against an Indian diplomat for visa fraud involving employment of a housekeeper and warned the move could reignite a bitter row between the countries. The government's spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was "disappointed... the United States Department of Justice chose to obtain a second indictment" against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade even though a US judge threw out similar charges earlier this week because she had diplomatic immunity.

India says 'disappointed' at US re-indictment of diplomat

India's government on Saturday said it was "disappointed" by new US charges against an Indian diplomat for visa fraud involving employment of a housekeeper and warned the move could reignite a bitter row between the countries. The government's spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was "disappointed... the United States Department of Justice chose to obtain a second indictment" against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade even though a US judge threw out similar charges earlier this week because she had diplomatic immunity.

Russia says hopes EU won't freeze talks on visa-free movement

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said EU moves to consider freezing talks on a visa-free regime with Russia were "politicized, unconstructive and ungrounded" and expressed hope it would not happen. "We still hope that at the end of the day our partners will not go for such a move," the ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement. EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula.

Sweden loses foreign graduates to visa curbs and fees

Sweden prides itself with being a country that welcomes immigrants, but foreigners like Chinese engineering student Zhao Shuqi may be excused if they think otherwise. During her years at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), she has experienced an abrupt change in policy that has introduced fees for students from nations outside the EU. Zhao began her studies at KTH before fees were introduced in 2011, but since then she has paid a total of 290,000 kronor ($44,000, 33,000 euros), with the help of her parents and part-time jobs.
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