Onize Ohikere

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

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Rescued Thai boys share lessons after hospital discharge

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/18, 12:50 pm

The 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand shared lessons they learned at their first news conference Wednesday, following their release from the hospital. Flooding caused by heavy rainfall trapped the boys and their coach in the cave on June 23, when they went exploring after a practice game.

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Brunson again denied release from Turkish prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/18, 11:16 am

A Turkish court on Wednesday again rejected a request to release a detained American pastor from jail as his trial on terrorism and espionage charges continues. Turkish authorities arrested Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old pastor from North Carolina, following a failed coup in 2016. Brunson lived in Turkey for 23 years and pastored Izmir Resurrection Church. He faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. The case was adjourned until Oct. 12.

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South Africa marks Mandela’s centennial birthday

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/18, 11:01 am

South Africans celebrated on Wednesday the 100th anniversary of late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth with ceremonies, speeches, and acts of service, including a tree-planting ceremony and a clinic opening. In Cape Town, volunteers painted numbers on the homes in a slum to help health workers track down people living with HIV and tuberculosis. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for speaking up against white-majority rule. He became the country’s first black president in 1994, four years after his release. He died in 2013 at age 95.

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