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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U.S., China clash in first in-person talks under Biden

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/21, 03:44 am

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Chinese officials Thursday the Biden administration stands with its allies in rejecting China’s increasing authoritarianism at home and abroad. China’s Foreign Affairs Chief Yang Jiechi then exceeded his 2-minute allotted time to condemn the United States’ “condescending” approach and said the United States needed to stop advancing its version of democracy as it deals with its domestic problems. The contentious public comments likely indicate even rockier private discussions during the two-day meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli dies

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/18/21, 07:09 am

President John Magufuli, a populist leader who recently denied COVID-19 existed in Tanzania, died on Wednesday. He was 61. Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Magufuli died of heart failure at a hospital in the largest city of Dar es Salaam. But opposition leaders said the president likely contracted coronavirus after he disappeared from the public at the end of February.

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Eight killed in Georgia massage parlor shootings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/17/21, 03:30 am

A gunman opened fire inside Youngs Asian Massage Parlor about 30 miles north of Atlanta at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Two people died at the scene and two others died at a hospital, said the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker. Nearly an hour later, Atlanta police responded to a robbery in progress at Gold Spa, where they found three women dead from gunshot wounds. Police at the scene learned of a call reporting shots fired at Aromatherapy Spa across the street and found another woman shot dead.

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