Questions and answers about officers who enforce travel ban

They are the officers dressed in blue who are stationed at airports and border crossings and screen people coming into the U.S. They stamp passports, inspect travel documents, confiscate drugs and other illicit items and make sure belongings and purchases are properly declared.

Pope appreciates Pell’s honesty, finance work

In a statement read to reporters Thursday, spokesman Greg Burke recalled that Pell has “openly and repeatedly condemned as immoral and intolerable” acts of sexual abuse against minors.

GOP ponders how best to sell health care

Some Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump’s difficulty staying on message might do more harm than good in selling their health care bill.

China’s Xi to visit Hong Kong under heavy security

China’s President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Hong Kong to mark two decades since China took control of the former British colony.

Xi was scheduled to arrive by plane Thursday for a three-day visit.

US seeks more security on international flights

The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States.

If they don’t, they could face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes.

US issues new visa criteria for 6 Muslim nations

The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.

R2-D2 droid used in Star Wars films sells for $2.76m

There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the “Star Wars” franchise.