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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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Liverpool maintain perfect start after beating Chelsea

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Alexander Arnold’s 15th minutes thounderous strike and Firmino effort at Stamford bridge earn Liverpool five points lead over Manchester city.

Liverpool are the first team to win their opening six Premier League games in successive seasons.

After an intensed play, Chelsea have a goal rule out over Var decision, on 71th minutes Ngolo konte score a hard fought goal.

Liverpool fans has loud Adrian over his resilience performance after saving chances from Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount.

 

 

 

 

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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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