After a year of torture in Syrian jail, an activist finally makes it to the US

After a year of torture in Syrian jail, an activist finally makes it to the US
Hamad had picked up his visa and was booked on a flight to New York the next day. We met up at the airport … Like hundreds of thousands of refugees, rebels and activists, he couldn't just show up at the Syrian passport office and apply. But there …
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App for UAE passport renewal service 'live'
The UAE Ministry of Interior has introduced the passport renewal service via smartphones to allow UAE nationals to avail of this service anywhere, any time; without the hassle of visiting the service centres except for special cases that require …
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Five Thoughts: Danzer Wins WSOP Player of the Year, Hall of Fame Selections
Danzer is only the third non-American to win the award — Canadian Daniel Negreanu (2004 and 2013) and Australian/Italian Jeffrey Lisandro (2009) both captured the Player of the Year title without an eagle on their passport — and the German is the …

Court Permits Removal of 'Gender Mark' in Certificate for a Transgender Case
Audrey Mbugua Ithibu got a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 2001. Back then she was a man. In 2008 she was diagnosed and treated for gender identity disorder and depression at Mathari Hospital and was put under treatment . Gender identity …
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2013 Year In Review

2013 Year In Review
April 15: High Prairie marathon runner Craig Rederburg is only one block away from the bomb blasts that rock the Boston Marathon. He escapes unharmed. April 16: ….. 18: A renewed enthusiasm will keep the High Prairie Regals in the NPHL this season …
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What to Expect from Google in 2014
The execution will be subtle though; Google wants your account on Google+ to be the passport, or overarching profile that connects you to all of its services. While the company will undoubtedly continue to … Furthermore, expect Google to release some …
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Cuban travel in record numbers a year into reform

Cuban travel in record numbers a year into reform
13, 2014, Berta Soler, leader of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White, poses with her passport outside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, to apply for a U.S. travel visa in Havana, Cuba. Cubans are taking advantage of a travel reform that …
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Extra costs factor into study abroad
Although the process of obtaining appropriate documentation and traveling to unknown places may seem intimidating, students can find information on how to apply for a passport on the U of M's study abroad homepage. Passport applications are also …
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MEPs to slam Malta's plan for EU passports
Even Cyprus, a country that has often attracted investors with the promise of an EU passport, refused Aliyev's request for the document. Aliyev went through great trouble to apply for a Cypriot citizenship, investing millions of euros in real estate there.
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Get A US Passport Renewal and Use Your Vacation Days This Year

Ahh, vacation…a time to relax and unwind. Did you know that according to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, American workers leave a grand total of 459 million vacation days unused every year. Additionally, giving up the stress-reducing benefits of vacation can also potentially affect your health. For example, Royal Caribbean’s press release quoted John de Graaf, Executive Director of Take Back Your Time, who stated that men who take vacation days have a 32% lower risk of having heart disease, while women who take all of their vacation days cut their risk of heart disease in half.


It’s amazing what a vacation can do, and there’s no better way to get away from it all than to leave the country, even if you only go as far as Canada or Mexico. After all, when you leave the country, you suddenly have to deal with roaming charges for cell phone calls and roaming data charges for accessing the internet on your phone, so you have a perfect excuse to not be “always on.”


Before you book an international vacation, make sure to check the expiration date on your passport. Adult passports expire 10 years from the date they were issued, while child passports expire within 5 years.


Applying for your US passport renewal well in advance can help keep your vacation from inadvertently adding to your stress.

Remember, it generally takes about 6 weeks for a US passport renewal application to be processed with normal processing. If you pay a $ 60 expedite fee and fork over the money for overnight shipping to and from the passport office, you can cut the processing time down to 3 weeks door-to-door. For even faster service, you’ll have to make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency office capable of issuing same-day passports, or use a private passport expediting company for an additional fee.



Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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