Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Annexation angst in the Middle East

International | The Israeli plan could spark further division with Palestinians in the West Bank
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/03/20, 01:45 pm

The Rev. Mitri Raheb has experienced firsthand the growing divide between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. Since 2019, a 26-foot-high, 3-mile-long wall along the major highway connecting the West Bank to Jerusalem has divided the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the territory. Israel welcomed the highway as an effort to ease congestion, but Palestinians saw it as a sign of oppression because they needed a permit to travel to the other side of the wall.

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Hong Kong protesters decry new security law

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/01/20, 06:31 am

Thousands of demonstrators defied a police ban and gathered in the streets on Wednesday for an annual protest marking the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to China. Police arrested at least seven people under the contentious new national security law less than a day after it was passed. One of the detained demonstrators had in his possession a Hong Kong independence flag while another woman held up a sign with the British flag and called for independence. Elsewhere in the city, police said they detained more than 180 people.

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EU reopens borders to some nations

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/30/20, 12:13 pm

U.S. citizens cannot travel to the European Union for at least another two weeks. Starting on Wednesday, the bloc will partially reopen its countries’ borders to travelers from 14 countries that have declining COVID-19 infection numbers or rates comparable to those of EU member nations. The list includes Canada, Rwanda, Tunisia, and New Zealand, among others. Travel from Russia, India, and Brazil, which are still battling to control the pandemic, remains restricted.

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