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Nigeria reduces fees for US citizens amid visa row

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The Nigeria government has conceded to pressure by the US to reduce visa charges for Americans visiting the West African nation.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola told journalists that the government had approved a reduction in visa charges for US citizens from $180 (£147) to $150.

The climb down comes after the US government had on Tuesday announced a range of new charges called “reciprocity fees” for Nigerians seeking to travel to America.

The new levies range from $80 to $100and will only apply to those whose visa applications have been approved.

It was a retaliatory action as Nigeria charges US citizens higher fees for visas than Nigerians pay for US ones.

Consultations between the two countries to reduce visa fees for US citizens had failed to yield results.

It is not clear yet if the US government will now reciprocate Nigeria’s gesture and rescind the new visa fee it had planned to implement from Thursday 29 August.

Hundreds of Nigerians travel to the US each year for education, jobs and healthcare.

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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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Liverpool maintain perfect lead after beating Mancity

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It was an eventful evening as Liverpool fc secured a remarkable win against the defending champions Manchester city at Anfield.

A fabulous goal from Fabinho on six minutes of play and a brilliant cross from Andy Robertson to Mohammad Salah sealed a two nil first half lead for the Reds.

The visitors fume after being denied a penalty for handball before a tremendous rocket from Fabinho.

Though, VAR reviewed the incident and deemed that Trent Alexander-Arnold had not committed a handball as Liverpool took an early lead.

On fifty-first minute, Sadio Mane converted a cross from Henderson to make it three as Bernardo Silva netted a consolidation goal to make it 3-1 on 78mintues of play..

It was a fantastic victory for Jurgen  klopp’s team as they extend their unbeaten record.

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