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Putin grants action star Steven Seagal Russian citizenship

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin signed off Thursday on a decree granting Russian citizenship to US action hero actor Steven Seagal, the latest high-profile passport handout to a Western celebrity.

Italy's left pushes to speed up citizenship reform bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party pushed Thursday for the Senate to pick up its heels over a citizenship reform bill which would allow children born in the country to foreign parents to become citizens.

Millionaires flee France for U.S., Canada, and other countries

Paris - A report by New World Wealth estimates that approximately 10,000 millionaires fled France last year, in search of "greener" pastures in the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, and elsewhere.

Canada moves to repeal law that revokes citizenship in terror cases

Ottawa - Canada's Liberals moved Thursday to stop stripping dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason or spying, or who belong to any group fighting the nation of their Canadian citizenship.

Georgia revokes ex-president Saakashvili's citizenship

Tbili - Georgia on Friday stripped former leader and reformer Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship as he had acquired a Ukrainian passport to serve as governor of the strategic Odessa region.

Australia passes anti-terrorism law to strip citizenship

Sydney - Australia's parliament has passed legislation to strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they are convicted of terrorism offences or found to have fought with banned groups overseas, despite concerns about deporting jihadists.

Australia introduces laws to strip citizenship from terrorists

Sydney - Dual nationals who help terrorists could automatically lose their Australian citizenship even if they have never stepped foot out of the country under new laws introduced to parliament on Wednesday.

India passes overseas citizen bill 100 years after Gandhi return

The Indian parliament passed a bill to grant overseas citizenship to individuals of Indian origin residing abroad, a hundred years after Mahatma Gandhi, a key spearhead in India's freedom struggle against the British, returned to India.

Britain increasingly stripping its people of citizenship

London - This week, Britain’s government faced a setback in expanding its powers to revoke a person’s citizenship when the House of Lords denied the requested expansion, but the Home Office still retains the power to strip citizenship in certain cases.

Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi receives citizenship of Rome

Rome - On a trip to Italy for an audience with Pope Francis, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally became an honorary citizen of Rome on Sunday, 19 years after being awarded the honor.

Canada's new Start-Up Visa aims at entrepreneurs seeking status

Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced this week that entrepreneurs from around the world can apply for the new Start-Up Visa Program as of April 1, a "first of its kind".

Bardot threatens to leave France for Russia over elephants' lives

Lyon - First Gérard Depardieu decided to renounce his French citizenship over taxes, and now holds a Russian passport. Now Brigitte Bardot is also threatening to move to Russia, over two elephants in danger of being euthanized.

Romney: Obama immigration policy will impede 'long-term solution'

Washington - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that Obama's decision to allow about 800,000 undocumented immigrants apply for work permits and enjoy temporary legal status is a short-term solution that would impede a long-term solution.

Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship prior to IPO

Now residing in Singapore, Eduardo Saverin is giving up his U.S. citizenship. It seems he will have quite the tax saving due to this move.

Colorado man accused of offering women citizenship for sex

Gypsum - A 64-year-old Gypsum, Colorado man is under arrest for allegedly pressuring women he'd hired as painters to perform sexual acts on him in exchange for money, gifts and even citizenship.

Op-Ed: Russian coach deserves the boot

The coach of the Russian national team made remarks that now 38 years after the infamous '72 Olympics basketball game that he thinks the Soviet Union were the rightful winners. Really? Worst of all he is an American.

Sierra Leone: Uproar over citizenship

Freetown - The Lebanese community in Sierra Leone usually try very hard to stay out of the news headlines but an old citizen citizenship law has recently forced one of them to speak out:

Tanzania gives citizenship to 162,000 refugees from Burundi

In a move described as the largest naturalisation anywhere Tanzania had granted citizenship to 162,000 refugees from Burundi most of whom fled to Tanzania in 1972.

Op-Ed: Happy Birthday, President and Citizen Obama

Today is President Barack Obama's 48th birthday. For some Americans, however, it is not Barack Obama's birthday that is somehow still relevant but whether or not Obama's birth certificate is authentic.

Defiance at Congressman Castle's town hall on Obama birth records

At Congressman Castle's town hall meeting, the audience becomes defiant over the question of President Obama's birth certificate and his validity as a U.S. president.

Soldier refuses to serve, cites Obama's lack of U.S. citizenship

A U.S. soldier refuses to deploy to Afghanistan, saying that President Obama cannot be Commander in Chief since he is not a U.S. citizen. The soldier's lawyer has challenged Obama's legitimacy before.

Op-Ed: The Cone of Silence Surrounding Obama's Citizenship

How do we know a Presidential candidate is a natural-born citizen? What proof is required? Is the only qualifier a citizen parent? This may be the first time the U.S. has had a set of circumstances raising valid questions on a candidate's citizenship.

Op-Ed: Hillary Supporter Sues Obama's Eligibility for President

Charges have been filed against Barack Obama, the DNC and the Federal Election Commission in a Philadelphia court. The suit seeks to prevent Obama's nomination on grounds that he is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President.

Canada's Green Party Wants New Citizenship Act

The Green Party of Canada feels that Canada’s Citizenship Act is still outdated and fails to comply with the Charter of Rights.

Families Of Foreign-Born US Troops KIA In Iraq Weigh In On US Citizenship

As over 100 US troops are foreign born have died in the Iraq War which is well on its sixth year, they have been given US citizenship as a result. However, the families of those that have been killed question the value of US citizenship.

May Day protesters demand path to citizenship

Thousands of people across the country protested today to demand a path to citizenship for approximately 12 million illegal immigrants.

German resort revokes Hitler's honorary citizenship

The German Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm, which will host the G8 summit in June, revoked the honorary citizenship it gave Hitler in 1932.

German Politician Seeks to Strip Hitler of Citizenship

Without German citizenship, Austrian born Adolf Hitler could not have advanced his political career in the country for whom he served during World War I.

Councilman urges U.S. citizenship for Anne Frank

A day late and a dollar short, Long Island politician wants Anne Frank to be a U.S. citizen.

Tax leads Americans abroad to renounce U.S. citizenship

Talk about people outside America going against it. Americans living in foreign countries are choosing to renounce their citizenship rather than pay higher taxes. The US is the only developed country that taxes it citizens while they live overseas.

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People visiting Tate Modern s new exhibition on citizenship. Many of the works were made in turbulen...
People visiting Tate Modern's new exhibition on citizenship. Many of the works were made in turbulent times as interventions in political debates, using charged or resonant materials, and often drawing attention to those who have campaigned for citizenship and civil rights.
Web page view showing membership on October 13  2016.
Web page view showing membership on October 13, 2016.
Two new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony
Two new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony
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