Onize Ohikere

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

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Trump wards off talk of Iran war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/17/19, 11:40 am

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he did not think increasing tensions with Iran are leading to war. On Wednesday, the president insisted on dialogue, tweeting, “I’m sure Iran will want to talk soon.” But when reporters asked Thursday if the United States is going to war with Iran, he replied, “I hope not.”

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Taiwan legislature redefines marriage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/17/19, 10:50 am

Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday despite voters overwhelmingly asking the government to keep existing marriage laws in place. The law allows same-sex couples to create “exclusive permanent unions” and apply for marriage registration with government agencies. Lawmakers passed the Democratic Progressive Party’s bill, which also extends adoption privileges to same-sex couples, in a 66-27 vote.

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U.S. blacklists Chinese telecom company

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/16/19, 11:55 am

China on Thursday said it will “resolutely safeguard” its companies after the United States labeled telecom giant Huawei a security risk and curbed U.S. technology sales to it. The Department of Commerce on Wednesday added Huawei and 70 of its affiliates to the Entity List, which bans the company from buying U.S. technology without official consent. The agency said it has “a reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest.”

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