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Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen: report

London - Two Russians accused by London of trying to kill a former double agent with nerve agent posed as businessmen to obtain visas to visit Britain for the attack, a report said Friday.

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Minsk - Belarus on Tuesday announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Fpo - A British lesbian won the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner in a landmark decision Wednesday by the top court in the city, where same-sex unions are not recognised.

Visa outage over after transaction chaos across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa recovered on Saturday from a hardware issue that had left it struggling to process transactions at bars, shops and cash machines across Europe.

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa said late Friday it was "operating at close to normal levels" after a hardware failure left it struggling to process transactions in Europe.

Visa outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa was struggling to process transactions in Europe on Friday and said it was rapidly trying to fix the issue.The blockage has left some customers stuck at the tills in stores across the continent and queueing at cash machines.

Goldman and Apple team up to offer a new credit card

Goldman Sachs and Apple are two iconic brands all by themselves. Apple has a devoted customer base with many wealthy, well-traveled young adults. Goldman Sachs is a financial leader with few offerings for everyday consumers. Now they are joining forces.

VISA takes the pledge to turn to renewable energy by end of 2019

In conjunction with this week’s Climate Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado, VISA announced it was joining the global RE100 initiative and was committing to 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of 2019.

Visa and banks cause problems for Coinbase customers

San Francisco - The credit card issuer Visa has been the cause of Coinbase's multiple problems with its users' cryptocoin accounts that have included reversed transactions, unauthorized withdrawals and unexplained fees.

Turkey tells EU all conditions met for visa-free travel

Ankara - Turkey said on Wednesday it had fulfilled all conditions on visa-free travel to Europe, adding it hoped Brussels would respond and lend "momentum" to better ties between Ankara and the EU.

Turks seeking US visas left reeling by diplomatic row

Ankara - Turkish students, business executives and travel operators have been left reeling by the country's dispute with the United States that has led both to suspend visas.

US to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia: embassy

Moscow - Washington will halt the issuing of all non-immigrant visas in Russia for nine days from Wednesday and will thereafter reduce visa operations, the US embassy in Moscow said Monday, citing the "Russian government-imposed cap" on its staff levels.

Visa offers businesses $10,000 each to go cashless

Visa Inc. is offering to pay 50 American eateries $10,000 each if they refuse to accept cash payments from customers. Visa believes companies will make more money if they become completely cashless.

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Kiev - Ukrainians were on Sunday celebrating the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "exit" from Moscow's grip.

Indians throng temple to crack Trump's visa curbs

Hyderabad - Hundreds of Indians gather daily at a 500-year-old Hindu temple in southern India where they pray for a single wish -- an increasingly elusive US visa.

'Australia first' foreign visa changes spark cheers, fears

Sydney - Australia's controversial decision to scrap a visa programme for temporary foreign workers got a mixed response Wednesday, with critics slamming it as spin over substance and pandering to anti-immigration rhetoric.

Georgia wins visa-free EU travel for citizens

Brussels - European Union member states on Monday approved visa-free travel for Georgia, after agreeing safeguards to prevent any upsurge in arrivals from the former Soviet satellite.

Iranian man barred from U.S. under travel ban returns

Los Angeles - An Iranian man who arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 27 and then sent back to Iran, landed at LAX yesterday. Ali Vayeghan became the first person from a country banned under the travel ban to be admitted into the United States.

Turkey says has back-up plan if EU fails to keep promises

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey had back-up plans if the EU failed to keep its promise over visa-free travel for Turks to the passport-free Schengen zone.

Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Costco's switch to Visa from Amex hits unanticipated challenges

Issaquah - If it isn't one thing, it's another complicating discount retailer Costco's switch to Visa-branded credit cards from American Express.

EU says Turkey still not doing enough for visa-free travel

Brussels - Turkey must still do more to meet the EU's conditions to win visa-free travel for Turks under a migrant crisis deal, for which the deadline is July 1, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey admits no visa-free EU travel deal by July 1

Den Haag - Turkey's Europe minister has admitted there is no chance of completing a deal on visa-free travel to the EU by the July 1 deadline, during a visit to the Hague.

No EU-Turkey visa deal by July 1: Austria

Brussels - A deal to allow Turks visa-free entry to the EU as part of a wider accord with Ankara on curbing the migrant crisis cannot be completed by the July 1 deadline, Austria said Friday.

EU to grant Turkey visa-free travel under migrant deal

Brussels - The EU will on Wednesday grant conditional approval for Turks to gain visa-free access to the Schengen zone, sources told AFP, meeting one of Ankara's key demands to keep a migrant deal alive.

Turkey PM warns EU to stick by visa free travel promise

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday warned the European Union to stick by a promise of visa free travel for Turks by June this year, saying otherwise Ankara would not abide by its commitments under a key migrant deal.

Iran warns of reciprocal measures in U.S. visa row

Tehran - Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that new US visa regulations amounted to "harassment" and reciprocal steps would be taken if the plans are implemented.

California shooter's visa request was missing key information: Politician

Washington - A member of the US Congress Saturday accused immigration officials of allowing California attacker Tashfeen Malik into the country despite critical missing information in her request for a fiancee visa.

EU's Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

EU diplomats warn U.S. over visa threat

Washington - Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals.
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