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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Hong Kong sentences pro-democracy activists to jail

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/02/20, 01:58 pm

Joshua Wong will spend 13½ months in prison after protesting excessive use of force outside a police station in June of last year. His fellow pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow received seven- and 10-month sentences, respectively. The West Kowloon magistrates court handed down the sentences on Wednesday after authorities detained the three activists without bail in November.

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U.K. approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/02/20, 07:35 am

Hospitals in England will start vaccinating medical workers as early as next week. Wednesday's authorization makes Britain the first country to approve the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for widespread use. Early study results report the vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing mild to severe coronavirus infections.

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Arizona politician sentenced over adoption scheme

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/02/20, 02:27 am

A U.S. district judge in Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday dished out a six-year jail term to Paul Petersen for running an illegal adoption scheme in three states. Petersen, a Republican, worked as an elected county assessor in Arizona and also as an adoption attorney. He received a $100,000 fine and faces additional sentences next month for convictions in Utah and Arizona.

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