Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Trump approves stimulus deal, government budget

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/28/20, 02:58 am

Days after demanding changes to the spending bill, President Donald Trump conceded on Sunday, saying it is his “responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship” caused by the pandemic. A week ago, lawmakers in the House and Senate approved a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the rest of the fiscal year. The package planned to give qualifying taxpayers $600 payments, but Trump had asked for up to $2,000 per person.

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Trump demands changes to coronavirus relief bill

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/23/20, 09:18 am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night threw a curveball at plans for coronavirus relief, saying the COVID relief package passed by Congress is a disgrace and calling on Congress to send him a “suitable” bill. Lawmakers in the House and Senate late on Monday night approved the $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the rest of the fiscal year.

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France eases U.K. ban over new coronavirus strain

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/23/20, 03:45 am

United Kingdom passengers disembarked in the French port of Calais on Wednesday after France and Britain reached a new travel deal. Several countries imposed travel restrictions on the island nation after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend said a new COVID-19 variant might be 70 percent more contagious. France will now allow access to delivery drivers and European Union travelers, provided they show a negative virus test taken in the preceding 72 hours.

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