Onize Ohikere

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

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EU reopens borders to some nations

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/30/20, 12:13 pm

U.S. citizens cannot travel to the European Union for at least another two weeks. Starting on Wednesday, the bloc will partially reopen its countries’ borders to travelers from 14 countries that have declining COVID-19 infection numbers or rates comparable to those of EU member nations. The list includes Canada, Rwanda, Tunisia, and New Zealand, among others. Travel from Russia, India, and Brazil, which are still battling to control the pandemic, remains restricted.

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Beijing approves Hong Kong national security law

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/30/20, 04:00 am

Twenty-three years after the Chinese government pledged to give Hong Kong 50 years of autonomy, the mainland has stripped the former British colony of its freedoms by passing a contentious law that would quash dissent. Rather than going through the Hong Kong legislature, Beijing took matters into its own hands after last year’s widespread anti-government protests. The Chinese government first endorsed the law, which criminalizes subversive and secessionist activities, at its annual congress last month.

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Mississippi removes Confederate symbol from state flag

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/29/20, 03:54 am

State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle hugged one another and spectators cheered on Sunday after the House and Senate voted to replace the last U.S. state flag that displayed the Confederate battle emblem. The design adopted by white supremacist legislators more than a century ago came under criticism amid the recent protests against racial injustice. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, said the flag will lose its official status once he signs the bill into law this week.

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