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Stranded Africans with World Cup Visa face deportation from Russia.

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In a cramped apartment on the outskirts of Moscow, Lamin has little more than the clothes and the Bible he brought with him when he came to Russia on a temporary World Cup visa last summer.

The 23-year-old Gambian shares the two-bedroom flat with nine other people — the youngest a newborn baby girl, the daughter of a Congolese flatmate.

Like thousands of other Africans, Lamin came to Russia during the 2018 tournament on a “Fan ID” that allowed spectators to bypass the country’s usual visa requirements.



While most came purely to watch the football, others had plans to stay on and find work.

Some believed they could claim asylum in Russia or that the country would be a stepping-stone to life in Europe.

But eight months after the World Cup, their hopes have been dashed and the Russian interior ministry has said it is stepping up measures to deport all over-staying guests by the end of March.

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The former management student was eventually helped by a Liberian immigrant who shared food and offered a space in the apartment.

But during a raid in February, police found the Liberian had no valid documents and he was deported.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do next, I’m totally scared,” said Lamin, who has been given temporary leave to stay until the middle of March.

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With the help of the Civic Assistance Committee, an organisation that works with refugees in Russia, he has put in an application for permanent asylum.

There is little hope, however, of it being granted. Official figures show that in 2017, Russia gave full refugee status to just 33 people.

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Apple to lunch iPad Air and Mini support eSIMs

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Apple has reveal her plans to add eSIM support on their latest iPad brands, also stating that the new entries will be able to work even on the networks of non-partner carriers.


The new innovation, will see no restriction on users when swapping data plan on a region that does not have full internet access. i.e, No need to swap out physical SIM cards.

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However, Apple has detailed that iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR can also work with eSIM options, though they’ll have to be unlocked if you want to use two different carriers.

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UCL Quarterfinal Draw: Man United Rewarded with Barca after PSG comeback

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Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Tottenham will play Manchester City.

Last season’s finalists Liverpool will play Porto as Ajax will be up against Juventus in the other ties.

The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties.

The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May.

The Champions League final takes place on 1 June at Madrid’s 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atletico Madrid.

Quarter – Finals

Ajax vs Juventus (April 10 at Johan Cruijff Arena, April 16 at Allianz Stadium

Liverpool vs Porto (April 9 at Anfield, April 17 at  Estadio do Dragao

Tottenham vs Manchester City (April 9 at Spurs Stadium, April 17 at Ethiad)

Barcelona vs Manchester United (April 10 at Old Trafford, April 16 at Nuo Camp)

Semi – Finals

Tottenham/Manchester City vs Ajax/Juventus

Barcelona/Manchester vs Liverpool/Porto

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