Onize Ohikere

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

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Deadly explosion rocks Afghanistan’s diplomatic district

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/31/17, 08:29 am

A suspected car bomb killed at least 80 people and injured more than 350 others when it ripped through a highly secure area of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. The explosion occurred during the capital city’s rush hour, with the streets packed with commuters. Afghan public health ministry spokesman Ismail Kawasi said civilians, including women and children, accounted for most of the casualties.

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Egyptian president blesses NGO crackdown

International | Newly authorized law increases state control of social, aid, and development groups
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/30/17, 12:48 pm

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Monday approved a law that will increase state control of non-governmental organizations, the latest crackdown on opposition in the country. Human rights groups and U.S. officials blasted the law, warning it will turn civil society into another arm of government.

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ISIS releases video of Philippine hostages

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/30/17, 10:56 am

A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants in the besieged Philippine town of Marawi has said the militants have more than 200 hostages. In a video published today, Father Teresito Suganob implored Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to withdraw the country’s forces and stop air strikes in exchange for the hostages. Suganob said the militants were holding some 240 “prisoners of war,” including teachers, carpenters, and children.

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