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Former Fiji prime minister Qarase dies

Suva - Former Fiji prime minister Laisenia Qarase, who was installed as leader following one coup attempt and overthrown by another, died Tuesday aged 79, a family spokesman said.

Pacific clean-up after homes 'blown to smithereens' by superstorm

Suva - Tens of thousands of people remain homeless in Vanuatu a week after Tropical Cyclone Harold pummelled the impoverished Pacific nation, smashing houses and destroying crops, aid workers said Tuesday.

South Pacific disease threat follows destructive cyclone

Nukalofa - Tropical Cyclone Harold's trail of destruction through four Pacific nations could threaten a rise in disease, authorities warned Friday, as stretched health services struggled under the added burden of the coronavirus.

Pacific's monster storm destroys tourist resorts in Tonga

Nukalofa - A resurgent Tropical Cyclone Harold flattened tourist resorts in Tonga Thursday, extending a week-long trail of destruction across four South Pacific island nations that has claimed more than two dozen lives.

Monster cyclone Harold tears through Fiji

Suva - A deadly Pacific storm slammed into Fiji on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Suva - A deadly Pacific storm slammed into Fiji on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Fiji city sealed off as first virus case confirmed

Suva - Fiji confirmed its first coronavirus case Thursday and immediately moved to seal off the city where the patient -- a flight attendant -- was based, as panic buying gripped the Pacific island nation.

Fiji cyclone leaves two missing, 119 in emergency shelter

Suva - A father and daughter were swept away in a swollen stream as Tropical Cyclone Tino caused widespread flooding in Fiji, forcing more than 100 people to take refuge in evacuation centres.

New Zealand's Ardern announces five-way climate trade talks

New York - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a first of its kind five-way climate trade initiative that would remove tariffs on green technology and cut fossil fuel subsidies.

Australian coal use an 'existential threat' to islands: Fiji PM

Suva - Fiji on Monday challenged Australia to do more on climate change ahead of a regional summit of Pacific nations this week, warning Canberra's reliance on coal posed an "existential threat" to low-lying islands.

Climate change clouds Australia's Pacific charm offensive

Wellington - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Pacific charm offensive went off course on Friday when he was forced to defend Fiji's accusations of inaction over climate change.

Bainimarama narrowly retains power in Fiji

Suva - Former Fiji military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama survived declining support for his FijiFirst party to remain in power Sunday, fending off a strong challenge from rival coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Fiji PM heading for win as coup-weary voters shun change

Suva - Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama appeared set for a comfortable election victory Thursday as voters in the coup-plagued South Pacific nation opted to stick with the former military strongman who led a takeover in 2006.

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to the polls

Suva - Fiji's second election since a 2006 military takeover -- pitting one coup leader against another -- passed off peacefully Wednesday, although heavy rain dampened voter turnout in the Pacific island nation.

Fiji poll to test PM's jump from coup chief to climate 'butt-kicker'

Suva - Fiji's former military strongman Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is overwhelming favourite to win an election in the Pacific island nation this week, after transforming himself from coup leader to climate change campaigner.

Meghan takes spotlight amid royal fever in Fiji

Suva - British royal Meghan Markle sent adoring crowds into a frenzy in Fiji on Wednesday when she took centre stage from husband Prince Harry to passionately promote women's rights.

Grass skirts and kava as Harry and Meghan arrive in Fiji

Suva - Prince Harry sipped on the narcotic drink kava at a traditional welcoming ceremony in Fiji Tuesday as the island nation gave the British royal and his pregnant wife Meghan the biggest greeting so far on their Oceania tour.

WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit

Wellington - As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low.

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.
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