Immigration officers refused to let a Harvard student into the US after reportedly questioning him about his religion and his friends’ anti-American social media posts

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A Palestinian Harvard freshman was denied entry to the United States after customs officers reportedly dug through his devices and asked him about his religion and his friends’ social media posts.
Ismail Ajjawi told The Harvard Crimson that officers spent hours looking through his phone and laptop, and “found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.”
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed to Insider that Ajjawi was “deemed inadmissible” after a customs inspection, though would not say why.
A Harvard University spokesman told Insider the school is working with Ajjawi to resolve the situation in time for the school year, which starts on September 3.
Harvard officials have previously complained to Trump administration officials about students experiencing increased visa delays and denials.
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An incoming Harvard University freshman was refused entry to the United States and had his visa canceled after customs officers spent hours digging through his electronics and questioning him about his religion and his friends, he told The Harvard Crimson.

Ismail Ajjawi, a Palestinian student who lived in Lebanon, told the student newspaper that the customs officers at Boston’s Logan International Airport demanded he unlock his phone and laptop, then spent five hours searching the devices.

“After the 5 hours ended, she called me into a room, and she started screaming at me. She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list,” Ajjawi told the Crimson in a statement.

Ajjawi said he told the officer he had not made any political posts himself, and that he shouldn’t be held accountable for his friends’ posts and political views.

Ajjawi added that the officer canceled his visa and let him call his parents.

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Famous dancers defended Prince George after a news anchor mocked him for taking ballet at school

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Dancers and celebrities shared their support for Britain’s Prince George after a “Good Morning America” news anchor mocked him for taking ballet class at school.
As the school curriculum for Prince William’s eldest son was discussed, host Lara Spencer laughed and said: “We’ll see how long that lasts.”
Among those to hit back at the news anchor was “Suits” actor Dule Hill, who said that “dance exposed me to this entire world of art.”
Spencer later apologized for her comments live on air, and issued an official statement on Instagram.
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A news anchor received backlash from professional dancers after she laughed and dismissed the idea of Prince George doing ballet at school.

“Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer kicked off a discussion about the royal’s new curriculum at Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,000-a-year private school where he will start his third year in September.

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“In addition to the usual first or second-grade things, like maths, science, and history, the future King of England will be putting down the play dough to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry, and ballet, among other things,” Spencer said on Thursday.

“He looks so happy about the ballet class,” she said, laughing.

“Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”

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Spencer’s comments caused an outpour of responses from the dance community, who shared their thoughts with the hashtag #boysdancetoo on Instagram.

“I hope you apologize to the entire Royal Family and the young boy you shamed,” artist Barbara Zorzato captioned a picture of George dancing outside of Buckingham Palace.

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Google Maps will now let users combine transit directions with biking and ride-sharing

Google Maps is going multimodal. The navigation app announced the launch of a new feature today that pairs transit directions with biking and ride-sharing options so customers can get directions from point A to point B using a variety of transportation modes.

Both features work by inputting your destination and then tapping the “transit” tab in the app. If you’re interested in taking a ride-sharing vehicle, you’ll see information about each leg of your trip, including how much your ride will cost, how long the wait is, if there’s traffic on your ride, and when your bus or train departs. If biking suits your fancy, you’ll see routes tailored for cyclists along with everything you need to know about the transit portion of your journey.

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10 notable celebrities who skipped this year’s VMAs and why

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Although many of the most popular musicians of the moment gathered to celebrate their biggest hits at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, quite a few notable celebrities were no-shows.
Some big winners and nominees didn’t attend the event because they were on tour.
Ariana Grande, BTS, Travis Scott, and Billie Eilish were some of the artists who didn’t make an appearance at this year’s VMAs.
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On Monday, some of the biggest names in music gathered to celebrate their achievements at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

But viewers couldn’t help but notice that some of the show’s regulars and nominated artists were nowhere to be seen during the event.

Keep reading for 10 notable celebrities who skipped this year’s VMAs.

Ariana Grande was on the London leg of her “Sweetener” Tour.

Even though the “Thank U, Next” songstress had over 10 VMA nominations, including for video of the year and song of the year, Ariana Grande previously told her fans that she wouldn’t be making the annual awards bash.

Grande was actually busy on her “Sweetener” tour. On July 23, she replied to a fan’s inquiry on Twitter with, “I have shows in london the day before and after :/.”

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did not make their highly anticipated “A Star Is Born” reunion at the VMAs.

Even though the duo was up for song of the year and best collaboration for “Shallow,” both of them skipped out on the ceremony.

It’s unclear why they were not in attendance, but song of the year and best collaborations were both competitive categories this year, so they might have decided not to sit through the show.

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