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Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in world as their citizens can visit 192 countries visa-free.

 Japan and Singapore still have the most powerful passports in world as their citizens can visit 192 countries visa-free.

Japan and Singapore are still the world’s most powerful passports, a new global ranking has revealed, as their citizens can visit 192 countries visa-free.

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The ranking also reveals that Ukraine has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 143, a ‘record high’ for the country, and now ranks in 34th place, climbing up one spot since January. Russia trails behind in 49th place, with a score of 117, falling from 46th earlier this year.

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Meanwhile, the UK passport has climbed the ranks from 6th place to 5th with a visa-free score of 187, while the US passport is one step behind in 6th place with a score of 186.

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Germany and South Korea remain in second place overall, with passport holders able to travel to 190 destinations without a visa.

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Third place is shared between Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain, with their passport holders able to access 189 destinations around the world without having to acquire a visa in advance.

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Nigeria and Ethiopia are both ranked 99 in overall, with passport holders able to travel to 45 destinations without a visa.

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Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the ranking with its nationals only able to access 26 destinations visa-free. 

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According to The Henley Passport Index, the latest passport ranking shows that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has led to millions of Ukrainians fleeing to neighbouring countries, has had a ‘profound and perhaps irreversible impact on freedom of movement within the region as a new Iron Curtain descends’.  

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In response to Russia’s actions, the EU and the US closed their airspaces to Russian air carriers, and travel bans were imposed on individual Russian citizens. According to a statement accompanying the 2022 passport index results, such restrictions are ‘effectively condemning the Russian passport to junk status throughout much of the developed world’.

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Russia’s sliding position in the ranking is likely to drop even further in the months to come, according to the report’s findings.  

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Commenting on the ranking, Dr Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the inventor of the passport index concept, says: ‘As the value of the Russian passport rapidly declines and the world opens its doors to Ukrainians, it is abundantly clear that the passport you hold determines your fate and dramatically impacts the opportunities you have.

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‘While it is impossible to predict what the world will look like in the shadow of a new Cold War, the latest index suggests that the divide between Russia and much of the Western world will only increase.’

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THE HENLEY PASSPORT POWER INDEX GLOBAL RANKING 2022.

 

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1 Japan 192 visa-free countries

1 Singapore 192

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2 Germany 190

2 South Korea 190

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3 Finland 189

3 Italy 189

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3 Luxembourg 189

3 Spain 189

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4 Austria 188

4 Denmark 188

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4 Netherlands 188 

4 Sweden 188 

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5 France 187  

5 Ireland 187

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5 Portugal 187

5 United Kingdom 187 

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6 Belgium 186

6 New Zealand 186

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6 Norway 186

6 Switzerland 186 

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6 United States 186

7 Australia 185

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7 Canada 185

7 Czech Republic 185

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7 Greece 185

7 Malta 185

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8 Hungary 183

9 Poland 182

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9 Lithuania 182

9 Slovakia 182

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10 Estonia 181

10 Latvia 181

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10 Slovenia 181

11 Iceland 180

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12 Malaysia 179

13 Liechtenstein 178

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14 Cyprus 176

15 United Arab Emirates 175

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16 Chile 174

16 Monaco 174

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16 Romania 174

17 Bulgaria 173

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17 Croatia 173

18 Hong Kong (SAR China) 171

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19 Argentina 170

20 Brazil 169

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20 San Marino 169

21 Andorra 168

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22 Brunei 166

23 Barbados 162

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24 Israel 159

24 Mexico 159

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25 St. Kitts and Nevis 156

26 Bahamas 155

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27 Uruguay 153

27 Vatican City 153

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28 Seychelles 152

29 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 151

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30 Antigua and Barbuda 150

30 Costa Rica 150

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30 Trinidad and Tobago 150

31 Mauritius 146

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31 St. Lucia 146

32 Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 145

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33 Dominica 144

33 Grenada 144

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33 Macao (SAR China) 144

34 Ukraine 143 

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35 Panama 142

36 Paraguay 141  

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37 Serbia 136

38 Peru 135 

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39 El Salvador 134  

40 Guatemala 133

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40 Honduras 133

41 Colombia 131

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41 Samoa 131

41 Solomon Islands 131

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42 Tonga 129

42 Venezuela 129

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43 Nicaragua 127

43 Tuvalu 127

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44 North Macedonia 125

45 Kiribati 123

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45 Montenegro 123

46 Marshall Islands 122

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47 Moldova 120

48 Palau Islands 119

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49 Russian Federation 117

49 Bosnia and Herzegovina 117

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49 Micronesia 117

50 Georgia 115

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51 Albania 114

52 Turkey 110

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53 South Africa 104

54 Belize 101

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55 Qatar 98

55 Vanuatu 98 

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56 Kuwait 95   

57 Timor-Leste 93 

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58 Ecuador 91

59 Nauru 89

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60 Fiji 88

60 Maldives 88

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61 Guyana 87

62 Botswana 86

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62 Jamaica 86

63 Bahrain 84

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64 Papua New Guinea 82

65 Oman 80 

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66 China 79 

66 Bolivia 79

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66 Saudi Arabia 79

66 Thailand 79

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67 Namibia 78 

68 Belarus 77  

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68 Lesotho 77

68 Suriname 77

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69 Kazakhstan 75

70 eSwatini 74

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71 Malawi 73

72 Kenya 72

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72 Tanzania 72

73 Indonesia 71

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73 Tunisia 71

73 Zambia 71

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74 Dominican Republic 70

75 Azerbaijan 69

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76 Gambia 68

77 Uganda 67

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78 Cape Verde Islands 66

78 Philippines 66

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79 Armenia 65

79 Zimbabwe 65

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80 Cuba 64

80 Ghana 64

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80 Morocco 64

81 Kyrgyzstan 63

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81 Sierra Leone 63

82 Mozambique 62

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83 Benin 61

83 Mongolia 61

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83 Rwanda 61

84 India 60

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84 Sao Tome and Principe 60

85 Mauritania 59

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85 Tajikistan 59

86 Burkina Faso 58

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87 Gabon 57

87 Uzbekistan 57

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88 Cote d’Ivoire 56

88 Senegal 56

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89 Equatorial Guinea 55

89 Madagascar 55

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90 Guinea 54

90 Mali 54

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90 Togo 54

90 Vietnam 54

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91 Bhutan 53

91 Cambodia 53

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91 Chad 53

91 Comores Islands 53

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91 Niger 53

92 Algeria 52

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92 Central African Republic 52

92 Egypt 52

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92 Guinea-Bissau 52

92 Jordan 52

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92 Turkmenistan 52

93 Burundi 51

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94 Angola 50

94 Cameroon 50

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94 Laos 50

95 Liberia 49

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96 Congo (Rep.) 48

96 Haiti 48

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97 Djibouti 47

98 Myanmar 46

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99 Ethiopia 45

99 Nigeria 45

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100 South Sudan 44

101 Eritrea 43

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102 Congo (Dem. Rep.) 42

102 Iran 42

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103 Lebanon 41

103 Sri Lanka 41

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103 Sudan 41

104 Bangladesh 40

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104 Kosovo 40

104 Libya 40

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105 North Korea 39

106 Nepal 37

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106 Palestinian Territory 37

107 Somalia 34

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108 Yemen 33

109 Pakistan 31

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110 Syria 29

111 Iraq 28

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112 Afghanistan 26 

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Several people are feared killed with others injured in a huge explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State. 

 

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Details of the incident are still sketchy at the time of filing this report but it was gathered that the explosion occurred at about 9am, near a primary school along Court Road by Aba Road, with many children affected .

 

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It was not clear whether it was a case of a bomb blast or as a result of a  gas explosion. 

 

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Meanwhile the police anti bomb unit and several security units have moved  to scene of the incident. 

 

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The Reds lifted their second trophy of the season last Saturday after beating Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final.

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Klopp’s men play Real Madrid next week in the Champions League final and on Tuesday, May 17, they can close the gap between themselves and Manchester City to one point with just one game left in the English premier league.

 

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Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Southampton on Tuesday, Klopp said: 

“If we play a season like we play and we win the Carabao and fight for the title until the end, I think it’s a good season,” Klopp told TribalFootball

“The FA Cup is a massive competition. It felt great. It takes pressure off and that’s what makes it more enjoyable.

“It would be massive if we win in a few weeks’ time in the Champions League. But we play the most experienced Champions League team on this planet.

“We aren’t massive favourites. It’s an open game and every little advantage we can get is good. They have already won the league already. Between now and then, two massive games.”

 
 

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Testifying in the defamation case Depp brought against her, Ms Heard, 36, painted a picture Depp as an abuser addicted to drugs and plagued with jealousy and self-harm.

Depp is suing Ms Heard for $50m (£40m) over an article in which she claimed she was the victim of domestic violence .

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Johnny Depp hit me on our honeymoon - Amber Heard claims

The piece did not name Depp but his attorneys, however, have said that the article “incalculably” damaged his reputation and career. She has countersued him for $100m.

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The case being tried in Virginia has resumed for a fifth week, and in previous court hearings Depp had told his side of the story while Heard had begun some of her testimony.

In court on Monday, May 16, Heard tearfully told jurors that she believed she’d likely “not survive” if she had remained married to Mr Depp, 58.

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“I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me,” she said. “I really didn’t want to leave him. I loved him so much.”

She alleged that he attacked her while aboard the Orient Express train in Asia after their February 2015 wedding, claiming that he struck her and held her by the neck while in their sleeper compartment.

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“He was squeezing my neck against the railway car for what felt like a very long time,” she said.

She said she recalled thinking he could “kill me”.

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“I remember being scared that he wouldn’t mean to do it,” she said.

In another instance, Ms Heard described a “week of hell” after Depp allegedly became jealous because she was offered a role with James Franco. She claimed he punched her and threw her into furniture.

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While Ms Heard said that the marriage was “at times, very loving”, it deteriorated over time to a point in which tension and violence became “almost normal”. They divorced in 2017, after two years.

She also claimed that Depp would frequently self-harm during their arguments.

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“In fights he often would cut his arms or hold his knife to his chest or draw blood, superficially at first,” she said. “He also put cigarettes out on himself.”

Attorney Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer questioned the witness over her prior testimony, questioning why there were so few photos and medical records to back up claims of physical injuries from her alleged beatings.

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Heard countered that she didn’t take photos or videos of the beating because she was embarrassed to be a victim of abuse and “other than my therapist”, she relied on makeup to cover bruises and ice to reduce swelling.

In a heated back-and forth, Ms Vasquez forced Ms Heard to acknowledge that she had “pledged” to donate the entirety of her $7m divorce settlement with Depp to charity but was yet to make any donation.

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She also noted that her client had not once looked Ms Heard in the eye over the course of the trial. “He can’t,” Ms Heard responded.

In his own testimony earlier in the trial, Mr Depp said that he never struck Ms Heard and told jurors that she had a “need” for conflict and violence.

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On Monday, jurors heard a number of audio clips of the former couple arguing. In one clip which Heard can be heard saying she hit Mr Depp.

“I was hitting you. I was not punching you,” she can be heard saying. “You’re not punched.”

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According to Ms Heard, she sometimes “reactively” hit Mr Depp and claimed that she was referring to the “disparity” of their strength.

 

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