Onize Ohikere

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

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At least 10 people have died in the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma continues on its devastating path toward Florida. Irma weakened a bit Thursday morning but remains a Category 5 storm with winds of 180 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. French officials confirmed that eight people died and 23 were injured in its Caribbean Island territories, while a 2-year-old child died in Barbuda and another death was reported on the British island of Anguilla. Irma’s heavy rain and fierce winds left most of Puerto Rico without power, but the U.S. territory was spared from a direct hit.

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Conflict in Burma escalates as UN pleads for peace

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/17, 12:33 pm

The Myanmar government’s top security adviser on Wednesday accused Rohingya Muslim militants of trying to carve out a separate state from the country also known as Burma and said armed forces were responding with maximum restraint. At a news conference in Naypyitaw, Thaung Tun said the armed forces were making every effort to avoid harming innocent civilians. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on Aug. 25 attacked Myanmar security bases in Rakhine state after accusing them of assaulting their ethnic group. Rohingya Muslims have no legal status or citizenship rights in Burma.

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Electoral commission shake-up in Kenya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/17, 12:04 pm

Kenya’s electoral commission on Wednesday announced it had changed some of its top personnel in preparation for a redo of the presidential election next month. Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement that six new officials have been appointed to lead the election.

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