Onize Ohikere

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

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Italy leaves rescued migrants stranded at sea

International | The standoff is the latest in Europe’s response to illegal migration
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/20/19, 05:14 pm

In the latest migrant standoff in Europe, more than 80 people remain stranded at sea after Italy refused to let a rescue ship dock nearly three weeks ago.

The Spanish aid ship Open Arms initially picked up 147 migrants from sinking smuggler boats near Libyan waters. But for the past 19 days, the ship remained anchored in the Mediterranean Sea near the Italian island of Lampedusa in choppy weather conditions. Since then, the Italian coast guard has transferred only about 40 migrants—including minors and the sick—to shore.

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U.S. tests formerly banned missile

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/20/19, 12:28 pm

The U.S. military on Sunday launched a missile that was forbidden by a treaty until earlier this month. The Pentagon said it tested a modified version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile armed with a conventional warhead off the California coast. It flew more than 310 miles and struck its target with precision.

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Social media outlets fight Chinese propaganda

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/20/19, 12:24 pm

Twitter on Monday took a stand against Chinese interference in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. The social media service suspended more than 200,000 accounts and said it will ban ads from Chinese government–backed media companies. Facebook removed seven pages, three groups, and five accounts, including some that portrayed protesters as cockroaches and terrorists.

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