Muslim activist from Australia denied entry into US

MINNEAPOLIS — A Muslim activist from Australia has been denied entry into the U.S., where she was scheduled to speak at a literary festival.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied tweeted that she was turned away at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday and deported to London, where she now lives.

Abdel-Magied was scheduled to speak at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York and at an event sponsored by Minnesota-based Target Corp.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that Abdel-Magied didn't have the proper visa to receive payment for her speaking engagements. The statement says she's eligible to reapply for a visa for future visits.

Abdel-Magied, who is an author, broadcaster and engineer, says she has previously traveled to the U.S. on the same visa. She's also an advocate for social justice and outspoken critic of Australia's immigration policies.

You may also interested in

After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

Aug 22, 2016

The next three Olympics are headed for relatively calmer ports of call in Asia following the drama in Russia and Brazil, but challenges remain, especially when it comes to finances and generating enthusiasm at home

US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's 'Hamilton'

Aug 24, 2016

The U.S. women's gymnastics team has flipped over Broadway's "Hamilton," in a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold

Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise

Aug 24, 2016

Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating local farmers about how to mitigate public health risks as more people visit their farms

Syok Asia welcomes the generations to witness the beautiful world of art and creativity in Malaysia and the rest of the world.

Contact us: sales@syokasia.com