Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Pompeo touts international religious freedom alliance

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/19/19, 11:54 am

The U.S. State Department on Thursday in Washington concluded its second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom by announcing plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance. The three-day event featured nearly 900 religious leaders and activists from more than 100 countries and focused on joint efforts to end religious persecution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the alliance will be the first international body to specifically combat religious persecution.

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Iran seizes foreign oil tanker and crew

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/19, 11:48 am

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard this week seized a foreign tanker and 12 crew members accused of smuggling oil, Iranian state TV said Thursday. The vessel appears to be the United Arab Emirates–based, Panamanian-flagged MT Riah oil tanker, which went off radar on Sunday night near Qeshm Island, where the Revolutionary Guard runs a base. State TV said the forces intercepted the vessel south of Iran’s Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz and later found it was transporting 1 million liters of fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers.

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Man sets lethal fire in Japanese anime studio

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/19, 11:15 am

An attack on a popular animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, early Thursday killed at least 33 people. The 41-year-old suspect, according to local media reports, dumped a liquid accelerant on the floor of the three-story building housing Kyoto Animation and set it on fire, shouting, “You die!” Firefighters found 20 bodies on the building’s third floor and some on the stairs to the roof, where they likely collapsed while trying to escape. At least 36 others sustained injuries, with 10 in critical condition. More than 70 people were in the building at the time, fire officials said.

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