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Britain introduces policy to reduce influx of international students

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Britain in an attempt to manage the influx of Africans into Europe has introduced plans to reduce the rate of immigration to the United Kingdom by limiting the number of foreign students entering the country.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that approximately 560,000 people migrated to the UK as of June. This marked a sharp increase from the comparable period last year, driven by the influx of Ukrainian refugees.

Under the new arrangement, there will be limitation on the number of family members that international students are allowed to bring into the country.

The policy move would be a reversal of the 2019 International Education strategy which sought to boost the country’s education exports to £35 billion per year.

Africa, particularly Nigeria has a large number of students in the United Kingdom. Nigerians consistitute a third non-EU country with the most students in the UK with 21,305 students currently enrolled in UK institutions, ahead of the United States with 19,220 students.

China and India with 143,820 and 84,555 students respectively have the highest number of students in the UK.

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US House majority vote against rail workers strike action

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The potential industrial action by rail workers in the United States has been voted against by the majority of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The House members backed a bill to block a potentially crippling rail strike.

President Joe Biden had warned of the catastrophic impact of a rail stoppage that could begin as early as December 9.

More than 250 members of the House that with 432 current members had voted in favor of imposing a tentative contract deal reached in September on a dozen unions representing 115,000 workers.

Industrial actions have been on the rise in the West. In Britain, railway workers, nurses, doctors, and teachers, as well as emergency services, postal services, and telecoms workers have either gone on strike or are planning action.

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US Justice Department indicts citizens for financing separatist fighters in Cameroon

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The United States Justice Department has revealed that three US citizens of Cameroonian origin have been arrested and charged with raising funds for separatist fighters in the Central African country.

In a justice department statement, the three people indicted were named as Claude Chi, 40, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Francis Chenyi, 49, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Lah Nestor Langmi, 46, of Buffalo, New York.

They indicted three who were alleged to have solicited and raised funds for supplies, weapons, and explosive materials to be used in attacks against Cameroonian government personnel and security forces.

They held senior positions in an organization that supported a group known as the Ambazonian Restoration Forces and other separatist fighters in Cameroon’s Northwest region and had been raising funds for them since 2018.

“In addition to more than $350,000 the defendants raised through voluntary donations, the indictment alleges Chi, Chenyi, and Langmi conspired with others to kidnap civilians in Cameroon and hold them for ransom,” the statement said.

“In some instances, U.S. citizens were extorted for ransom payments to secure the release of their kidnapped relatives living in Cameroon,” it added.

Two English-speaking regions began fighting the military with the aim of forming a breakaway state in 2017, which they call Ambazonia.

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