Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Rejects U.S. Passport Law

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Rejects U.S. Passport Law

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WASHINGTON -- Parents can't require that American children born in Jerusalem have "Israel" designated as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court ruled.

A 2002 law obligating the U.S. State Department to list Israel as the birthplace on passports of Jerusalem-born Americans if requested by parents or guardians is unconstitutional, according the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

The law "impermissibly infringes on the president's exercise of the recognition power reposing exclusively in him under the Constitution," Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote for a three-judge panel.

The case was brought by the parents of Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, who sued in 2003 to have Israel listed on his passport, citing the law passed the previous year.

Nazi hunters' 'Last Chance'

BERLIN -- On a mission to hunt down long-elusive Nazi fugitives, Operation Last Chance was launched in major German cities Tuesday by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, based in Los Angeles.

The center's director for Israel, Efraim Zuroff, pronounced the quest to bring the remaining war criminals to justice during a news conference in Berlin and in a campaign manifesto issued in Jerusalem.

Some 2,000 posters have been affixed to walls, billboards and transit stops in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, offering rewards of as much as 25,000 euros ($33,000) for information resulting in the capture, conviction and yearslong incarceration of those who provided the manpower for the Holocaust's killing machines.

Police praise pope's security

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Even though Pope Francis' motorcade ended up stalled on a traffic-choked street and swarmed by thousands of faithful, Brazilian officials said Tuesday they evaluated security for the pontiff's arrival in Rio as "positive."

The frenzied crowd surrounded the motorcade Monday afternoon as people reached inside to touch Pope Francis, snap photos with their phones or hand him babies to kiss -- scenes that alarmed some onlookers, although the pope himself seemed overjoyed with the raucous welcome and kept his car window down. …

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