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In the wake of President Trump's travel ban earlier this year, tech companies scrambled to return their employees who were travelling to the United States. But most major tech firms have offices around the globe, which means their employees are going to keep getting caught up in the country's ever-evolving travel policies.

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On Thursday, the US Department of State issued a notice to the Federal Register, soliciting public comments on a new procedure for vetting immigrants and asylum seekers applying for US visas. If approved, applicants will be asked for their past five years of social media handles and could be denied entry if they refuse. The new rule, which is still under review but is slated to take effect May 18, would apply to visa applicants who have "been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism".

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Jon Jafari is a popular YouTube gamer and comedian better known as JonTron. He's the founder of Normalboots — a network of channels including Did You Know Gaming and Peanutbuttergamer — and was the original cohost of the "Let's Play" channel Game Grumps. Between those projects, Jafari wields influence over an estimated 12 million subscribers, not counting minor cameos and crossovers elsewhere within the YouTube community.

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In April, a half dozen polar scientists are meeting at a US Air National Guard base in upstate New York to board an LC-130 cargo plane bound for Greenland. Once there, the researchers will spend a month traversing remote glacial terrain on snow mobiles, taking measurements at field stations to help NASA determine how quickly our planet's vast northern ice sheet is melting.

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An Australian teen was denied a visa to attend space camp in the United States yesterday. The 15-year-old, Pouya Ghadirian, was born in Australia but his parents are from Iran, giving him dual citizenship. The visa denial is believed to be the first for an Australian citizen under the Trump administration's so-called Muslim ban, interpreted by many legal scholars to be grossly unconstitutional.

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What the hell does it mean for a person to be white?

Historically, it's a question that has been difficult to answer. But it's also a question that has defined where a person is allowed to live, eat, and work. Race is a social construct, but when it comes to countries like the United States and Australia, being "white" has sometimes meant the difference between being allowed to emigrate to those countries or not.

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Australia's history is not a secret to most Australians, but you might not know some of the finer details and it may come as a shock to the rest of the world. Today, the majority of Australians take pride in being part of a multicultural, multi-ethnic society. But much like the United States, Australia has a brutally racist history.

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Europe is currently facing a migrant and refugee crisis pretty much unprecedented in modern times: Families fleeing war-torn states are making harrowing journeys across land and sea, risking their lives, often without any guaranteed salvation at the end. There's lots that you can already do to help, but stepping up to the plate to bolster efforts is Google.