Onize Ohikere

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

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Terror and hope

International | The world saw devastation and disease, restoration and release in 2018
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/24/18, 11:05 am

The international headlines this year included reports on terror, persecution, and anti-immigration sentiments. But stories on released religious prisoners and mending relations between decades-long enemies also brought measures of hope. Here are the top five stories from World Tour this year.

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Israel to hold early elections

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/24/18, 10:56 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition government on Monday agreed to disband the government and hold early elections in April after failing to pass controversial, court-ordered legislation extending the military draft to ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The coalition, which has faced growing internal rifts, unanimously decided to dissolve the government and hold new elections on April 9. Parliament is expected to vote to formally dissolve on Wednesday.

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U.S., Turkey discuss plans for Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/24/18, 10:38 am

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Sunday phone conversation discussed how to cooperate in Syria after the United States said it would withdraw its remaining troops from the country. Trump said on Twitter that he and Erdogan held a productive conversation about “ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, and the slow and highly coordinated pullout of U.S. troops from the area.”

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