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Icelandic naming laws prevent 10-year-old's passport renewal

Iceland has hit the headlines recently, in quite a bizarre way: apparently, girls from Iceland can't be called Harriet and therefore those called Harriet cannot get an Icelandic passport.

BlackBerry only brand that meets German government's security

Good news for BlackBerry as German Chancellor Angela Merkel presents a tap-proof BlackBerry that she wants more Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior officials to use.

Op-Ed: Blackberry Passport a square in a world of rectangles

In the modern technological world, there is a huge demand for both style and substance. Blackberry's new phone encourages people to be square (hahaha), but is it the right phone for the modern person?

Child draws on dad's passport, dad can't leave South Korea

Seoul - A four-year-old Chinese boy managed to get hold of his father's passport, and apparently thought it needed an artist's touch. Unfortunately for the father, the budding Rembrandt has left him stranded in South Korea for unrecognizable documentation.

Ryanair must pay up for refusing to let Spanish toddler fly

Palma - Back in 2011, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair refused to accept a Spanish family's identity document for their three-year-old child and stopped them from boarding. Now the courts say they will have to pay compensation.

Skeleton in scuba gear with Moroccan ID sparks mystery in Spain

Alicante - A skeleton wearing a black and grey wetsuit, flippers and carrying a backpack has been found floating in the Ibiza canal near Alicante, Spain. He was also carrying a Moroccan passport and a whole load of cash.

Edward Snowden stranded in Moscow airport with invalid passport

Moscow - Russia Today is reporting that with no valid passport, the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden might be stranded in the transit area of Russia's Sheremetyevo Airport indefinitely.

Photo: Vancouver 'Drunk Baby' passport photo goes viral online

A passport photo of the five-month-old baby of a Vancouver Reddit user, Jorge Churano, has gone viral online. The adorable baby looks sort of "laid back" in the photo, or more frankly, groggy and slack-jawed in a tipsy-looking manner.

Boy, 11, flies Manchester to Rome without passport or ticket

Manchester - British Security is being questioned, on the eve of the Olympics, after an 11-year old boy flew from Manchester to Rome without a passport, ticket or boarding pass.

Canadian ePassports — The next level of technology

Passport Canada recently announced another level of security for passport holders, which makes one wonder whether it's for their benefit or the travellers. The obvious question is will it speed up the border crossing process?

Dalai Lama optimistic he will return to Tibet Special

Pretoria - The Dalai Lama says he is optimistic he will return to Tibet, albeit on a Chinese passport. Addressing the Hungarian Parliament, he expressed admiration for Hungary’s freedom fight in 1956.

US gov't changes laws for transgender passport applicants Special

Washington - The State Department announced new guidelines for issuing passports to transgender applicants. If you bring a note from your doctor that you have undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition you'll be able to get a passport to match.

Wikileaks founder's passport briefly confiscated, to be cancelled

Melbourne - The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, had his passport confiscated briefly and was told by immigration officials it will be cancelled.

Embassy Hopping through the Heart of Europe Special

Washington - U.S. travelers to Europe face a few small hurdles – jet lag, airline food, threat of volcanic ash thwarting or postponing their plans. But this weekend in Washington, residents and visitors were able to visit Europe without ever getting on a plane.

Canadian Citizen Considered National Security Threat

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has denied Abousfian Abdelrazik and emergency passport as the minister considers him a national security threat.

US State Dept. Fires Those Who Breached Obama's Passport File

In a developing story, the U.S. State Department has reported an unauthorized breach of the passport file of Democratic frontrunner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Those responsible have been terminated or disciplined.

New Canada-U.S. Border Rules on Hold

The new border entry rules for the Canada-U.S. border have been put on hold for another 18 months by U.S. officials. Today marks the beginning of the new law requiring proof of citizenship for entry into the U.S. from Canada.

Ontario Unveils New Driver's Licence

Canadian Press has learned that a new driver's license is on the horizon for Ontario drivers. The new ID will include six security features and be given to every driver in the province when they renew their license starting on Friday.

U.S. Government Designs a New Electronic Passport

U.S. Government plans to issue a new electronic passport incorporating various landscapes and uplifting quotes.

10,000 passports go to fraudsters

The Home Office has admitted that more than 10,000 people - 2 men are convicted in terror attacks with fraud passports.

U.S. to drop passport requirement for kids

Children under the age of 17 will not need a passport to get into the U.S. at land borders when the law comes into effect by 2009.

Homeless paid to stand in line for passports for ten hours

The homeless in Victoria are getting paid to line up at the passport office for those who need passports.

Canadian passport office hires two hundred workers to deal with delays

"The Passport Canada office is averaging 21,000 applications a day -- over 60 per cent more than the system is designed to handle, according to a report."

Woman Gets Wrong Passport

Now that passports are needed to fly into the U.S to help with security, how secure is it when wrong passports were sent out to some people?

New passport rules come into effect

New rules requiring US airline passengers returning from Mexico, the Carribean and Canda to show their passport came into effect Tuesday.

Passport processing delays

A heads-up for Canadians who need a passport in a hurry.

New passport rules hitting close to home

Air travel to Canada, Mexico to be affected
 

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