Onize Ohikere

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

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South Korea retracts plan to ease sanctions

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 01:23 pm

South Korean officials on Thursday backpedaled on their foreign minister’s proposal to lift unilateral sanctions from North Korea after backlash within the country and from U.S. President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told South Korean lawmakers the government was reviewing sanctions the South imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors. North Korea has long denied responsibility for the attack.

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U.S., Russian astronauts land safely after rocket malfunction

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 11:46 am

A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut touched down safely Thursday after a malfunction on their Russian booster rocket triggered an emergency landing. U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin took off from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the International Space Station—it was to be Hague’s first mission to space. Two minutes after departure, one of the booster rockets failed and the astronauts’ capsule automatically separated from the spacecraft. The capsule landed 12 miles east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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Indonesia extends search efforts by a day

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 11:16 am

Indonesia’s disaster agency on Thursday postponed the end of search and rescue efforts in some of the worst-hit areas of Sulawesi island, where an earthquake and tsunami last month killed 2,073 people. Officials previously said search efforts would cease Thursday in the neighborhoods of Balaroa, Petobo, and Jono Oge in Palu, but families of some of the missing people pleaded for an additional day, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. In a last-ditch attempt to find victims, firefighters and other responders burned debris and used excavators to dig through the rubble.

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