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Old tech, passwords galore hurt US tracking of visa holders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected of overstaying their visas only to find out later that many visa holders have left the country, said a government watchdog report released Thursday. Agents …

Thai gov’t revokes passport of fugitive Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai government has cancelled the passport of the fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges. Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya will no longer be able to enter other countries on that passport and …

Thailand plans to revoke passport of fugitive Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities said Thursday they will revoke the passport of a fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya flew to Singapore two days before he was due to appear before prosecutors last month, but left …

Rio de Janeiro on edge as police wage big anti-crime sweep

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Military police launched a major anti-crime operation in northern Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, arresting dozens of men and confiscating automatic rifles in a sweep that led gang members to burn public buses and left the city that hosted last year’s Olympics on edge. The …

Fugitive Red Bull heir flew to Singapore before court date

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai immigration authorities say the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges flew to Singapore two days before he was due to appear before prosecutors. And airport authorities in Singapore confirmed Tuesday his private plane is still there. When …

GM quits Venezuela after govt seizes factory

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the central city of Valencia was confiscated on Wednesday as …

Arrests highlight Pakistan’s struggle with extremism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities said Monday they have arrested 22 people involved in the lynching of a university student who was accused of blasphemy and detained a teenage woman who had been recruited by the Islamic State group for a foiled attack on a church. Word of the arrests …

Ecuadoran tourist cited for writing names on Roman Colosseum

MILAN (AP) — Italian police say a tourist from Ecuador has been cited for inscribing the names of his son and wife and “2017” inside the ancient Roman Colosseum. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi denounced the alleged vandalism in a Twitter message on Tuesday, writing “Rome deserves respect. Whoever harms the …