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A positive development on petitions by US-citizen parents

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The recently released August 2014 Visa Bulletin of the US Department of State reveals an unusual movement in the priority dates of certain petitions of US citizens. For the first time in many years, the priority dates for the first preference category (F1) petitions by US citizens on behalf of their adult single children are advancing faster than petitions by green card holders under the F2B category. What is accelerating the priority dates under the F1 category?

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Detentions a ‘risk’ faced by undocumented US migrants, says Fil-Am Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas said Wednesday his detention by US border agents in Texas was just an example of the risks that undocumented immigrants face every day in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China ends drilling operations in disputed sea

Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured in May 2012 at 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China on Wednesday moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A look at China’s territorial claims

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China’s efforts to counter the United States’ “pivot to Asia” and raise its own influence on the continent are complicated by territorial disputes, mostly at sea but also along its land border. Many of the disputes have been simmering for decades, although some have heated up in recent years.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone

In this July 7, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveils a sculpture commemorating the start of a war with Japan with old soldiers and children during a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the war, in Beijing, China. Despite Xi’s depiction of China as a “peaceful, amiable and civilized lion,” the country’s moves have so far only set off alarms across the region and pushed other Asian countries to seek backup from Washington. AP

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they’re ready to shed the humility and show off their country’s rising military and political power.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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