Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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U.S. sanctions Russia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/15/21, 02:27 pm

The Biden administration on Thursday kicked out 10 Russian diplomats in response to election interference and cyberattacks on federal agencies. The United States also sanctioned 32 people and entities, six Russian companies that support the nation’s cyberoperations, and eight other people over Russia’s occupation of Crimea. American financial institutions aren’t allowed to buy bonds directly from Russian banks.

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With talks looming, Iran’s nuclear program is booming

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/13/21, 04:26 pm

Iran will increase its uranium enrichment levels to 60 percent, just shy of weapons-grade level, nuclear negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi said Tuesday. The 2015 nuclear deal only allowed 3.67 percent enrichment, but Iran boosted its levels to 20 percent after the assassination of its lead scientist in January. Araghchi said formal talks in Vienna to restore the nuclear deal would begin Thursday.

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Tennessee student killed after firing at officers

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/13/21, 02:49 am

Police officers responded to a report of a possible gunman at a high school in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday afternoon. They found the student inside a bathroom at Austin-East Magnet High School just before afternoon dismissal and asked him to come out. He opened fire and died when police fired back. Authorities said another officer who was shot at least once in the leg is receiving treatment.

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