Onize Ohikere

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

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Nearly 400 dead in Burma clashes

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/01/17, 10:49 am

The Myanmar army said nearly 400 people have died in recent clashes between security forces and militants from the Rohingya minority group. In a statement, Myanmar’s military commander, Min Aung Hlaing, said the army engaged in 90 armed clashes with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in northwest Rakhine state, killing 399 people. All but 29 of those killed were the militants, Hlaing said. The United Nations said nearly 38,000 people have fled their homes in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since the conflict began on Aug. 25.

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Kenyan Supreme Court nullifies disputed presidential election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/01/17, 08:17 am

Kenya’s Supreme Court, in an historic decision Friday, nullified incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election win and ordered a new election within 60 days. The six-judge bench ruled 4-2 in favor of a petition filed by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who argued elections held in August were hacked to favor Kenyatta. The incumbent won a second term in that election with 54 percent of the vote.

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Iraqi prime minister: Tal Afar fully liberated from ISIS

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/31/17, 10:54 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from Islamic State (ISIS) militants after a nearly two-week operation. The latest victory means Iraqi troops have liberated all of Nineveh province, al-Abadi said in a statement. The prime minister said Iraqi troops “eliminated and smashed” ISIS terrorists in al-Ayadia district, some 6 miles northwest of Tal Afar, where the militants fled last week. The U.S.-backed troops last month declared the city of Mosul fully liberated.

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