Onize Ohikere

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

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The ‘threat’ of Christianity in China

International | Chinese government tells believers to put their faith in socialism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/19, 05:06 pm

A Chinese government religious official last week accused the West of using Christianity to weaken the country’s political power and called for obedience to a socialist interpretation of the religion.

Xu Xiaohong, head of the official Movement of Protestant Churches in China, said Western influence and private meeting places plague Christianity in the country, adding that people who try to subvert national security under the guise of Christianity will face justice.

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Deadly cyclone slams southern Africa

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/19, 11:37 am

Rescue efforts continued in Mozambique and two other southern African nations on Tuesday after Cyclone Idai struck the region last week, killing more than 200 people. The storm first hit Mozambique late Thursday before moving into Zimbabwe and Malawi. The cyclone damaged a region already suffering from poor communication and transportation infrastructure, delaying aid getting in and news getting out. The United Nations said Idai affected more than 1.5 million people.

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Dutch tram shooting suspect arrested

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/19, 11:30 am

Dutch police on Monday evening detained the suspect in a tram shooting that killed three people and injured five others in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Authorities arrested 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, a Turkish national, in northern Utrecht after an hourslong search that extended to the German border. Police also detained two other people for suspected involvement in the shooting, public prosecution office spokesman Ties Kortmann said.

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