Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Trump takes action against TikTok and WeChat

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/07/20, 04:36 am

President Donald Trump banned U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat in two executive orders signed on Thursday. In a letter to the House and Senate leaders explaining the move, the president said the apps have continued “to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.” The orders will go into effect in 45 days.

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Isaias batters East Coast, leaving six dead

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/05/20, 03:57 am

The tropical storm dumped heavy rains and spawned tornadoes, one of which killed two people at a mobile home park in North Carolina on Tuesday. A woman died in eastern Pennsylvania after floodwaters swept her car downstream. In Delaware, a falling tree branch struck and killed another woman. Falling trees also killed two others in cars in New York City and Maryland. Isaias maintained its tropical storm status but weakened as it continued north into Canada on Tuesday night.

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Report: Iran covered up coronavirus spread

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/03/20, 01:22 pm

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Iran is nearly three times what its government claims, the BBC reported on Monday. The investigation found the Iranian Health Ministry released information to the public that dramatically understated internal data. Leaked documents revealed 42,000 deaths by July 20 compared to the official death toll of 14,405 from the disease. The total number of infections in the report surpassed 451,000, nearly double the government’s tally of 278,827.

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