Onize Ohikere

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

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U.S. plane crashes in Taliban territory

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/28/20, 11:49 am

Taliban insurgents on Tuesday clashed with Afghan forces trying to reach the site of a U.S. military plane crash. The Bombardier E-11A aircraft went down on Monday in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, a Taliban stronghold. The insurgent group claimed responsibility, but there is no indication enemy fire downed the electronic surveillance plane, said Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. forces in the country.

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Coronavirus cases on the rise

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/27/20, 12:03 pm

The Chinese government on Monday extended the Lunar New Year holiday through at least Sunday and expanded its lockdown to 17 cities to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The lockdown restricts schools, social events, religious activities, and travel in the affected areas to “reduce mass gatherings” and “block the spread of the epidemic,” a Cabinet statement said. The death toll from the viral pneumonia outbreak has now reached 81, with more than 2,700 people infected.

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Earthquake rattles Turkey

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/27/20, 11:17 am

Rescue workers battled freezing temperatures on Sunday to keep searching for survivors after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s eastern region. The Friday night quake in Elazig, about 350 miles east of Ankara, killed at least 41 people and injured more than 1,600 others. Workers have rescued about 45 people so far, and authorities have recorded nearly 950 aftershocks.

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