Onize Ohikere

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

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Power outage increases tension in Venezuela

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/08/19, 11:52 am

A power outage affecting 22 of Venezuela’s 23 states continued for a second day Friday, further complicating the country’s ongoing political crisis. The blackout began Thursday afternoon due to a suspected failure at a major hydroelectric plant in the southern state of Bolivar. Commuters in the capital city of Caracas had to walk home after the outage affected subway service, and the international airport remained mostly without power.

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Cardinal convicted of covering up abuse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/07/19, 11:50 am

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin on Thursday said he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis after a French court convicted him of failing to report child sexual abuse. The court in Lyon handed down a six-month suspended sentence against Barbarin for not alerting authorities of accusations against the Rev. Bernard Preynat between July 2014 and June 2015. In a brief statement, Barbarin expressed his “compassion” for the victims and said he will offer his resignation to the pope in a few days. Barbarin’s lawyer said he plans to appeal the conviction.

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Huawei sues United States over equipment ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/07/19, 11:37 am

Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Thursday confirmed it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over a ban on government agencies using the company’s equipment. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Texas claims this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which prohibits the official use of Huawei equipment, is unconstitutional. The United States views the company as a security threat and questions its ties to the Chinese government. Huawei argues that the act will harm its business in the United States despite no proof of wrongdoing.

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