Onize Ohikere

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

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Lines drawn in Venezuela’s leadership battle

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/19, 10:13 am

Venezuelan military commanders on Thursday pledged support for embattled President Nicolás Maduro after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president a day earlier. At least 12 people died in protests in the country Wednesday as international governments took sides in the ongoing crisis. The United States recognized Guaidó’s declaration, and several other nations, including Canada, France, and Germany, followed suit. Maduro responded by cutting diplomatic ties with the United States, ordering American diplomats to leave within 72 hours. U.S.

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Trump recognizes Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim leader

by Onize Ohikere & Mickey McLean
Posted 1/23/19, 02:24 pm

UPDATE: The Trump administration announced Wednesday afternoon it is recognizing Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s opposition led National Assembly, as the country’s interim president. Guaidó declared himself the country’s leader in a defiant speech before a massive gathering of his supporters on Wednesday. Guaidó, 35, would replace Nicolás Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term two weeks ago after a disputed election.

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Dozens killed in Taliban attack on military base

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/22/19, 10:55 am

At least 45 people died in a brazen attack by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday. According to the Afghan intelligence agency that runs the facility, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden Humvee into the main building on the base, which is located outside the capital of Maidan Wardak province, about 25 miles east of Kabul. The attackers managed to get past security guards who opened fire on the vehicle at the front gate. Four other militants attacked soldiers after the explosion, but all four were killed.

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