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Nervous wait for Australia government over citizenship crisis

Sydney - Australia's conservative government will have to wait at least two months to discover if key members will survive a dual citizenship crisis that has put its one-seat parliamentary majority under threat.

Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Sydney - Australia's top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government, after parliament's attempts to deal with it ended in sheep jokes and conspiracy theories.

Another Australian politician caught in citizenship crisis

Sydney - Another Australian politician has became engulfed in the country's dual citizenship crisis after discovering she is a British citizen, putting further pressure on the conservative government as the matter is passed to the high court.

Aussie opposition scoffs at 'Kiwis under the bed' plot

Sydney - Australia's opposition Labor Party on Wednesday rejected extraordinary claims from the country's top diplomat that it conspired with New Zealand leftists to try to topple the government.

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Sydney - Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra's conservative government.

Australia deputy PM caught in dual citizenship crisis

Sydney - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's political future was in doubt Monday after it emerged he may be a dual citizen, placing the conservative government's slim parliamentary majority at risk.

Russia backs bill to strip 'terrorists' of citizenship

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday passed a law to strip naturalised citizens of passports for offences classed as "terrorism" following a deadly April suicide bombing in the Saint Petersburg metro.

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Rome - Italy's government has delayed a parliamentary vote on a citizenship rights bill as tensions rise over the number of migrants arriving on the country's shores.

Italians debate citizenship rights as migrant pressures grow

Rome - With a flood of migrants arriving on Italy's shores, a bitter debate has erupted over whether children born on Italian soil to foreign parents should have citizenship rights at birth.

Turkey says US-based cleric and others could lose citizenship

Istanbul - Ankara on Monday said US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed for last year's failed coup, and dozens of others would lose Turkish citizenship if they did not return home within three months.

Lies and loss of US citizenship: Supreme Court weighs in

Washington - Can a lie strip a naturalized American of citizenship? That's what the US Supreme Court is weighing in the case of a Bosnian Serb couple who didn't come clean about the husband's wartime past.

Turkey says 2,000 Syrian families set for citizenship

Ankara - Istanbul authorities on Thursday said 2,000 Syrian families in the city could be set for Turkish citizenship but the government insisted approval would only come after an April referendum on boosting the president's powers.

Turkey says 2,000 Syrian families set for citizenship

Ankara - Istanbul authorities on Thursday said 2,000 Syrian families in the city could be set for Turkish citizenship but the government insisted approval would only come after an April referendum on boosting the president's powers.

Turkey says 2,000 Syrian families set for citizenship

Ankara - Istanbul authorities on Thursday said 2,000 Syrian families in the city could be set for Turkish citizenship but the government insisted approval would only come after an April referendum on boosting the president's powers.

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.
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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.
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Two new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony
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