Onize Ohikere

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

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Turkey won’t budge on Syrian Kurds

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/19, 10:46 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected efforts by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday to seek the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria. Bolton, during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Kalin, in Ankara, reiterated U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Turkey avoid targeting Kurdish forces as the United States withdraws its troops from Syria. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) help the U.S. military combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the region, but Turkey regards the group’s members as terrorists.

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Kim Jong Un in China for talks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/19, 10:29 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began a four-day trip to China on Tuesday, meeting with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The North Korean Central News Agency said Kim traveled with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and other leading officials at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. This trip is Kim’s fourth meeting with Xi.

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Thailand says it will safeguard Saudi woman

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/19, 11:58 am

Thailand on Monday allowed an 18-year-old Saudi woman fleeing her family to enter the country. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun told Human Rights Watch she fled her home due to abuse by her family, including beatings and confinement to her room for months. She told the BBC that she feared her family would kill her if she returned to them because she renounced Islam. Alqunun hoped to reach Australia and apply for asylum there, but Thai authorities in Bangkok confiscated her passport on a stopover, she wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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