Onize Ohikere

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

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Civilians evacuate last ISIS stronghold in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/19, 11:24 am

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians left the last Islamic State (ISIS)–controlled enclave in Syria on Wednesday, as U.S.-backed forces continued an offensive operation in the region. Witnesses said at least 17 trucks carrying men, women, and children left the eastern town of Baghuz in Deir al-Zour province, the militants’ last patch of territory along the Euphrates River about a mile from the Iraqi border. Officials believe about 300 ISIS militants remain in the town.

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Putin scolds U.S. in annual address

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/19, 10:52 am

In his annual state-of-the-nation address Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin placed all the blame on the United States for deteriorating relations between the two countries and threatened to deploy “new types of weapons” against any perceived threats. In his speech before the Russian Parliament, Putin criticized the recent U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and other “anti-Russian activities,” including levying economic sanctions on the country.

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Egypt paves the way for a new dictator

International | Constitutional amendments solidify president’s autocratic rule
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/19/19, 04:57 pm

Egyptian lawmakers last week approved constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power for another 15 years, raising concern about the country’s stability.

The revisions, which 485 of 596 members of Parliament voted for, extend the presidential term from four to six years, but it would still retain the two-term limit. But a special “transitional article” would allow al-Sisi to be elected for two more terms after his second term ends in 2022. His first term began in 2014 after his army led the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

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