Onize Ohikere

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

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American student released from Egyptian prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/07/20, 04:15 am

Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American national, returned home to New Jersey on Monday after nearly 500 days in Egypt’s Tora prison without a trial. The Freedom Initiative, a U.S.-based group that represented Amashah, said he recused his Egyptian citizenship as a condition for his release. The U.S. government pressured Egypt to free Amashah during the pandemic, noting he suffered from asthma and autoimmune disease.

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U.S. to kick out foreign students if colleges move online

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/07/20, 03:56 am

Foreign students currently enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities will have to transfer to schools with some in-person instruction, take reduced course loads, or apply for medical leave to maintain their immigration status. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its new guidelines on Monday, noting it will not issue new visas to students at schools that have moved all instruction online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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African nations slowly resume air travel

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/06/20, 01:21 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—The African Union said the continent has lost nearly $55 billion in travel and tourism in the last few months after countries shut down flights to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 15-member Economic Community of West African States will reopen its airspace on July 21. Flights within Nigeria are slated to resume on Wednesday, and Senegal plans to start international flights a week later.

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