Onize Ohikere

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

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Civilians flee last ISIS stronghold in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/19, 11:43 am

More than 1,000 civilians have fled the last major Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in Syria after five days of fighting by U.S.-backed forces to regain control of the town. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday began an offensive on Baghuz in Deir al-Zour province backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. Some 300 civilians fled the war zone during the day, while 600 more left overnight, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali said Tuesday.

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Venezuelans to receive aid next week

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/19, 10:02 am

Venezuelan National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó promised at a rally Tuesday in Caracas that more humanitarian aid will arrive Feb. 23 and urged the military to allow entry. Guaidó said he will mobilize caravans of supporters to transport food and medicine into the country from the bordering Colombian city of Cúcuta. He also said a second batch of aid will come from across the Brazilian border. The opposition leader, who is serving as interim president since invoking a clause in the Venezuelan Constitution, issued a “direct order” for the armed forces not to block the aid.

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Taliban tango

International | Islamist group dances around peace while still making war
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/19, 03:06 pm

While the Taliban orchestrates staged peace talks around the globe, confusion reigns in Afghanistan over how the country will function if and when U.S. troops leave.

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