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U.S. lifts visa sanctions on Gambian govt after deportation deal

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The United States government has announced the lifting of visa sanctions imposed on Gambian officials last year.

The State Department said the latest move which took effect Tuesday December 12, 2017; was because Banjul had taken steps to accept citizens deported from the U.S.

The tiny West African country had reportedly refused to accept nearly 2000 people the U.S. was at the time trying to deport. The Washington Times noted that Homeland Security took the move after extensive overtures to the Gambian government were not heeded.

“As of October 1, 2016, the US Embassy in Banjul, the Gambia has discontinued visa issuance to employees of the Gambian government, employees of certain entities associated with the government, and their spouses and children with limited exceptions,” a State Department official said at the time.

The Gambia is, however, not the only African country facing such sanctions. Recently, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Eritrea were all threatened with such measures over non acceptance of deported nationals.

It is not known the level of diplomatic engagements that led to the lifting of the sanctions but it was imposed under the reign of exile leader Yahya Jammeh. He went on to lose December 1, 2016 polls to then opposition coalition leader and current president, Adama Barrow.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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