Onize Ohikere

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

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China sentences Canadian to death

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/14/19, 10:29 am

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced to death a Canadian man suspected of drug smuggling. The court in the northeastern Liaoning province announced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s sentence after rejecting his plea of innocence. A Chinese court initially sentenced Schellenberg to 15 years in prison in 2016 for serving as an accessory to drug smuggling. Last month, an appeals court agreed with prosecutors that the sentence was too lenient and scheduled a retrial.

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U.S. withdrawal from Syria begins

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/19, 01:07 pm

The United States is beginning its “deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” starting with the removal of some military equipment, U.S. military officials said Friday. “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations, or troop movements,” Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition combating Islamic State (ISIS), said in a statement.

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Saudi refugee heads to Canada

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/19, 01:01 pm

A Saudi woman who fled her family has departed Thailand for Canada after she received asylum, a Thai official said Friday. Immigration police chief Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun boarded a flight in Bangkok on Friday and was headed to Toronto by way of Seoul, South Korea.

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