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S. Korea cult leader arrested over violent rituals in Fiji

Seoul - The leader of a South Korean doomsday cult has been arrested for allegedly holding some 400 followers captive in Fiji by subjecting them to violence and barbaric rituals, a police official said Wednesday.

Court cases put Fiji freedom of speech under spotlight

Suva - Two opposition figures in Fiji were jailed Monday for spray-painting anti-government graffiti, while three executives at the country's oldest newspaper went on trial for sedition in a separate case, reports said.

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Nukalofa - International aid began trickling in on Wednesday to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escaped the worst of the storm's fury.

Aerial search for Pacific ferry survivors suspended

Wellington - An aerial search for survivors from a ferry that sank in the remote Pacific two weeks ago was suspended Friday with more than 80 people still missing, many of them children, officials said.

'Youngest and brightest' lost in Pacific ferry disaster

Wellington - Many children and teenagers are among those missing after a ferry sank in the remote Pacific, official figures have revealed, with victims described as their region's "youngest and brightest".

At least 80 on sunken Pacific ferry: officials

Wellington - More than 80 people were aboard a ferry that sank in the remote Pacific, officials confirmed Wednesday, as a senior Kiribati lawmaker called for an independent inquiry into the vessel's disappearance.

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Suva - Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week -- climate change is real, it's already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem.

Trio missing off PNG coast after boat capsizes

Sydney - Three men from Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are missing after their boat capsized off PNG, officials said Monday, as a fourth man was reportedly rescued on a isolated beach after scrawling "help" in the sand.

Pacific Islands accuse US of 'abandoning' them to climate change

Suva - Pacific Islands at risk of being swallowed by rising seas accused Washington of "abandoning" vulnerable nations and expressed dismay Friday after Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate deal.

Fiji's COP 23 leader vows climate fight 'far from over'

Suva - The head of upcoming UN climate talks vowed Friday that the fight against global warming would continue despite Washington's "unfortunate" decision to abandon the Paris climate deal.

Fiji urges Trump to honour Paris climate deal

Suva - Fiji pleaded with US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal Wednesday, as the tiny Pacific nation prepares to lead the latest UN talks on reducing global emissions.

Fiji murder case twist as tourist finds human head

Wellington - A New Zealand holidaymaker told Tuesday how he stumbled across a human head on a Fiji tourist beach -- the latest apparent twist in the gory case of a Russian couple murdered and dismembered in the tropical paradise.

Russian couple murdered, dismembered in Fiji

Suva - A Russian couple from Fiji are thought to have been murdered and dismembered after human body parts washed up on a beach in the Pacific island nation.

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

New York - With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world's island states come to the United Nations on Friday not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.

Fiji residents ordered to stay inside as cyclone looms

Suva - Authorities in Fiji ordered people to stay inside as a tropical cyclone bore down on the Pacific tourist destination Wednesday, taking no chances after a recent monster storm killed 44 people.

Fiji eyes more cyclone aid as toll hits 44

Suva - Cyclone-devastated Fiji said it was likely to need more foreign aid Thursday as the body count from the most powerful storm in its history climbed to 44.

Scramble to reach Fiji cyclone victims as toll hits 42

Suva - The death toll from super-cyclone Winston jumped to 42 Wednesday as concerns grew for remote Fijian villages still waiting for help after the most powerful storm in the Pacific nation's history.

Fiji cyclone death toll rises to 36: Red Cross

Suva - The death toll from the Fiji super-cyclone hit 36 on Wednesday, with fears it will continue to climb as relief teams reach isolated communities, the Red Cross said.

Cyclone death toll hits 29 as Fiji eyes long clean-up

Suva - Humanitarian aid began pouring into Fiji Tuesday, as the death toll from super-cyclone Winston rose to 29 and officials warned the devastated Pacific nation's recovery could take months.

Fiji cyclone toll hits 20 as tourists flee

Suva - Tourists began fleeing cyclone-ravaged Fiji Monday and aid efforts intensified as the death toll climbed to 20, with officials warning it could rise further as reports trickle in from devastated remote communities.

Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after 'strongest ever' cyclone

Suva - Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation's history left a trail of destruction, killing five people and crippling vital infrastructure.

Fiji hit by 'strongest ever' cyclone, nation on lockdown

Suva - Fiji was struck by its most powerful ever cyclone on Saturday, according to reports, as the island nation battened down the hatches with a curfew and evacuations.

Pacific cyclone bears down on Fiji after brushing Tonga

Suva - Fiji warned residents to brace for destructive winds on Sunday as severe tropical cyclone Ula bears down on the Pacific nation.

Fiji police probe 'plot' to destabilise government

Suva - Fiji's police chief said Tuesday his officers were investigating allegations of a plot to destabilise the government, refusing to deny it may have emanated from the force's own ranks.

Fiji leader says Pacific 'doomed' if climate talks fail

Suva - Fiji's prime minister says he fears Pacific island nations are "doomed" because industrialised countries appear set to reject a global climate pact at crunch talks in Paris in December.

Vanuatu picks up pieces after cyclone batters island nation

Vila - Days after a massive tropical cyclone lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, residents of the capital Port Vila slowly began picking up the pieces amidst apocalyptic scenes.

Death toll reaches 24 in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Vila - Twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam which tore through Vanuatu, the UN said Tuesday, as the Pacific nation's president pleaded for help to rebuild the archipelago's "completely destroyed" infrastructure.

Aid effort kicks in after 'monster' cyclone ravages Vanuatu

Vila - Aid began arriving in Vanuatu Sunday as the tiny Pacific nation struggled to uncover the devastation wrought by what relief workers warned could be one of the worst storms to ever hit the region.

Dozens feared dead as cyclone pounds Pacific island of Vanuatu

Vila - A terrifying tropical cyclone which smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific wreaked "complete devastation", an aid agency said, raising fears Saturday that dozens may have died in what may be one of the region's worst weather disasters.

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits maximum strength

Suva - Tropical Cyclone Pam triggered flooding along with evacuation orders affecting thousands of people in Vanuatu on Friday as it intensified to a maximum-strength storm offshore, officials said.
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