Onize Ohikere

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

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Ukraine elects comedian as president

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/22/19, 10:56 am

A Ukrainian comedian with no political experience led by a wide margin on Monday in the country’s presidential election. With more than 96 percent of the ballots counted, Volodymyr Zelensky was ahead with 73 percent of the vote, while incumbent President Petro Poroshenko secured just 24 percent. Ukrainians had criticized Poroshenko for the country’s poor economy and the five-year war against Russian-backed separatists in the east. Zelensky garnered votes in the country’s east and west regions that are typically polarized in elections.

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Attacks in Sri Lanka kill hundreds on Easter Sunday

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/22/19, 10:45 am

A series of bombings on Easter Sunday targeted churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 290 people and leaving more than 500 others injured. The first of nine explosions struck St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, the capital city. A few hours later, two additional blasts went off at the Protestant Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa and at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Negombo, a mostly Catholic town north of Colombo. Three smaller explosions detonated hours later at a guest house, an overpass, and a housing block as police officers tracked down the suspects.

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Investigators probe cause of Notre Dame fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/19, 11:58 am

Investigators suspect an electrical short-circuit likely caused Monday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Officials concluded an initial assessment of the cathedral on Wednesday but cannot search the interior due to safety hazards. The Paris prosecutor’s office said investigators had questioned about 40 people by Thursday, including cathedral staff and renovation workers. The team is considering whether the fire is linked to a computer glitch or the temporary elevators used in renovation work, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

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