Onize Ohikere

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

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Parliament remains in Brexit bind

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/02/19, 09:53 am

British lawmakers in a late vote on Monday rejected alternative options to Prime Minister Theresa May’s European Union exit deal, prolonging the ongoing impasse. Parliament failed to reach a majority on any of four nonbinding options, including a common market, a customs union, a second referendum, or canceling Brexit. Lawmakers rejected May’s Brexit plan for the third and final time on Friday.

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Forest fire kills firefighters in China

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/01/19, 11:20 am

At least 30 firefighters and other responders died trying to contain a forest fire in the mountains of China’s western Sichuan province, officials confirmed Monday. Nearly 700 people were battling the blaze that began Saturday in Muli County, but officials lost contact with 30 of them on Sunday. The Ministry of Emergency Management blamed the casualties on a change in the wind’s direction as the team fought the flames at a mountain altitude of 12,500 feet. The deaths included 27 firefighters and three local residents recruited to help fight the blaze.

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Erdogan’s party loses key votes in Turkey

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/01/19, 11:19 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday declared victory on behalf of his party in Sunday’s municipal elections in Turkey despite sustaining significant losses in key areas. In unofficial results, the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party and an allied nationalist party secured more than half of the votes across the country. But they lost the mayoral race in Ankara to the secular Republican People’s Party after leading the capital city for 25 years, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

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