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Trump to Ban Green Card Lottery in Retaliation for Yesterday's Terror Attack

Trump cites Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov's truck attack yesterday as reason for ending diversity visa program.

President Donald Trump announced today that he will be ending the green card lottery program that allows immigrants from dozens of smaller countries a legal path to entry to the US. Under this program 50,000 people are awarded green cards a year, with the majority of recipients coming from African countries.


The decision follows the terror attack in New York City, Tuesday that killed eight. The perpetrator, Sayfullo Saipov, originally from Uzbekistan, according to Trump, entered the US through this program and is the motivation behind the program's cancellation.

"I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program," Trump announced.

Earlier this morning Trump tweeted:

The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

American's have come to expect knee-jerk policy proposals but this news will impact tens of millions of people globally attempting to come to America. In 2015, more than 6.5 million Africans applied to the program out of 14 million total applicants. The program is explicitly meant to broaden the national origins of those coming to America meaning many of the world's most populated countries and countries with large existing immigrant populations in the United States are ineligible.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.