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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Conservative United Methodists detail breakaway plan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/02/21, 02:57 am

Conservative leaders from the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Monday released the logo, website, and mission of the proposed new denomination, the Global Methodist Church. The reveal comes days after the UMC delayed this year’s general conference until August 2022 due to the pandemic. They had planned to consider the schism over LGBT inclusion for the second time during that conference.

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Former French president receives prison sentence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/01/21, 12:34 pm

A Paris court on Monday convicted Nicolas Sarkozy of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and two suspended years. The former president of France still faces a separate trial this month over accusations he illegally financed his 2012 presidential campaign. The judge said Sarkozy, who led the country from 2007 to 2012, can request to serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet.

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Myanmar security forces kill at least 18 protesters

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/01/21, 02:46 am

Police and troops used live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas against protesters Sunday in the deadliest day of protests since the Feb. 1 military coup. The U.N. human rights office strongly condemned the weekend crackdowns in Yangon, Mandalay, and several other cities that led to at least 18 dead and 30 injured. Authorities in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have detained more than 1,100 people since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. So far they have released 300.

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