Onize Ohikere

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

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New Year, renewed resolve

International | Hong Kong protesters remain dedicated to their call for change
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/20, 03:58 pm

Hong Kong entered a new year with continuing demonstrations calling for democracy. On Sunday, thousands of protesters marched near the border with China to decry “parallel traders” who buy duty-free goods in Hong Kong and sell them at a profit on the mainland. Police pepper-sprayed and arrested dozens of these protesters on charges of diverting from their authorized route.

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Stampede kills mourners at Soleimani’s funeral

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/20, 12:08 pm

At least 40 people died and 213 others sustained injuries after a stampede broke out at the beginning of a funeral procession for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Tuesday. Videos posted online showed people lying dead on the streets in Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman, where he will be buried. He died in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday. More than 1 million people turned out for another funeral procession on Monday in the capital city of Tehran.

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Australia gets slight fire reprieve

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/20, 11:52 am

Australian firefighters took advantage of weekend rainfall and cooler weather on Tuesday to bolster their defenses against raging bushfires. But the rain was not heavy enough to extinguish the 130 fires burning across New South Wales. Rain also fell in Victoria, where Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said it would take up to 8 inches of precipitation over a short time to put out the fires in that region.

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