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Palau hails 'ray of light' Taiwan travel bubble

- Palau's president has declared the opening of a rare holiday travel bubble with Taiwan as a "ray of light" that shows the world is slowly emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.

Pacific Islands Forum split widens as more nations walk

- The Pacific Islands Forum plunged deeper into crisis Tuesday as four more nations vowed to leave because of a leadership dispute, upending diplomacy in a region where the United States and China are competing for influence.

Key Pacific body in crisis as Palau walks out

- Palau announced Friday it was quitting the Pacific Islands Forum over a leadership row, threatening the future of a key grouping in a region where China and the United States are vying for influence.

Voters to elect new president in virus-free Palau

- Voters in Palau head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president for the tiny Pacific nation, one of the few places in the world to remain coronavirus-free.

Palau invites US military to build bases as China seeks regional clout

- The tiny Pacific nation of Palau has urged the United States military to build bases on its territory -- which lies in a region where Washington is pushing back against growing Chinese influence.

US defence chief says China 'destabilising' Pacific

- US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused China of "destabilising" the Pacific region Friday on a whistle-stop trip to the tiny island nation of Palau.

Extreme isolation: world's last virus-free corners hold tight

- A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific may seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic -- but residents on Palau say life right now is far from idyllic.

Palau becomes the first country to ban sunscreen to protect reefs

The Pacific nation of Palau becomes the first country to ban 'reef toxic' sunscreen, in an effort to prevent one threat of environmental damage to the reef ecosystem.

Palau bans 'reef-toxic' sunscreen

- Palau's pioneering ban on "reef-toxic" sunscreens took effect Wednesday as the tiny Pacific island nation introduced strict environmental measures that also include one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries.

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

- Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned Pacific island nations Thursday against "empty promises" of financial aid from China, as the Solomon Islands considers switching diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

Palau tells Australia to step-up on climate

- Palau has called on Australia to do more to tackle climate change, saying the Pacific's "big brother" has an obligation to act on an issue that threatens the existence of its small island neighbours.

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

- The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.

Palau seeks help to counter China 'tourist ban'

- Palau's president has asked the United States and Japan to help its tourism industry after Beijing reportedly barred Chinese citizens from visiting the tiny Pacific island due to its diplomatic links with Taiwan.

Fugitive DHL heir arrested, jailed in Palau

- The fugitive DHL heir Larry Hillbroom Jr has been arrested and jailed in Palau after two days on the run, the Pacific island nation's attorney general said Saturday.

Pacific's Palau forces tourists to sign eco-pledge

- Visitors to the tiny Pacific nation of Palau are being made to sign a promise to respect the environment, in an innovative move that authorities hope will curb ecological damage caused by booming numbers of tourists.

US military to install radar in Pacific's Palau

- The United States has announced plans to install radar systems in Palau, a move that will increase its monitoring ability in the western Pacific region recently rocked by threats from North Korea.

Japan ousted by world body over bloody Taiji dolphin hunt

Taiji - Responding to pressure from conservationists, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended its Japanese member because it is involved in the controversial dolphin hunts that take place each year in Taiji.

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

- Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

Op-Ed: Sharif revokes secret agreement allowing drone strikes

Islamabad - Nawaz Sharif claims to have revoked a secret agreement between the US and Pakistan authorizing the US to carry out drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.

Brazilian fisherman shot himself in head with speargun, survives

While cleaning it, a Brazilian fisherman had his speargun go off and he wound up shooting himself in the head. The spear went into his head in his left eye cavity and lodged into his brain, where it remained 10 hours.
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