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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.

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Suva - Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (US$11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation Sunday aimed at strengthening ties in the region.

Fiji coup leader heads for historic poll victory

Suva - Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was Thursday on the verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers gave the ballot a stamp of approval.

Fiji coup leader surges ahead in election count

Suva - Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama was on course Thursday to win the South Pacific nation's first election since he staged a bloodless coup in 2006, official data showed.

Fiji returns to democracy with trouble-free vote

Suva - Fijians flocked to vote on Wednesday in the South Pacific nation's first election since a 2006 coup, with officials declaring the poll trouble free and military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama saying he would win.

Excitement, tension as Fiji returns to democracy

Suva - There was a mood of optimism tinged with apprehension at Suva's eerily quiet central market Tuesday ahead of the first election for eight years in Fiji -- a South Pacific island nation with a history of coups.

Fiji media blackout imposed ahead of election

Suva - Fiji imposed a strict media blackout Monday on coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply.

Fijian joy as Syrian rebels release peacekeepers

Shamir - Jubilant Fijians celebrated Friday the release of 45 UN peacekeepers from the South Pacific nation who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked rebels on the Golan Heights, hailing them as heroes after their two-week ordeal.

Fiji retracts claim UN peacekeepers' release imminent

Suva - Fiji on Wednesday retracted a claim that 45 UN peacekeepers being held hostage in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front rebels were about to be released, blaming a communications mix-up."I don't think so...

Fiji's UN peacekeepers in Golan to be released soon

Suva - A group of 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji taken hostage in the Golan Heights two weeks ago by Syrian Al-Nusra Front rebels will be released soon, the Fiji government said Wednesday."Fijian troops will soon be released.

UN Security Council demands Fiji peacekeepers' release

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front rebels.

Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers

Suva - Fiji revealed for the first time Tuesday the demands being made by Al-Qaeda-linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week.

Fate of UN peacekeepers in Syrian Golan unclear

- UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.

Fiji says captured peacekeepers moved from UN territory

Suva - Fiji military officials confirmed Saturday they no longer know the whereabouts of 44 peacekeepers captured by Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

Protestors kept back at Fiji leader's NZ rally

Wellington - Hundreds of people, including a smattering of protestors, turned out in Auckland Saturday as Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama staged a campaign rally ahead of the Pacific nation's first elections in eight years.

Pacific nation evacuates to Fiji in response to rising sea levels

The land has been bought and preparations are being made. The island nation of Kiribati is slowly being drowned by rising sea levels and they are planning to escape shortly.

Games-Commonwealth organizers welcome Fiji return for Glasgow

Commonwealth Games organizers have welcomed Fiji's return to the multi-sport event this year after the nation's suspension from the organization of mostly former British colonies was eased on Friday.

Video: Crab steals a GoPro Hero 3 camera in Fiji

A guy called Diederick Ryan was on a diving vacation in Fiji. He was a little bored and for fun decided to set up his GoPro camera just outside one of the crab holes at the resort. This is what happened next.

2013 Rugby League World Cup: Semi-final results

London - Two contrasting games highlighted the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals double header at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, in front of 67,545 fans.

2013 Rugby League World Cup: Semi-finals fixture

The Rugby League World Cup is drawing to a close for another four years. This year’s semi-finalists will do battle on 23 November at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Cyclone Evan leaves devastation in Fiji

More than 8000 people have been forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers in Fiji, as Cyclone Evan hits the Pacific nation with strong winds and heavy rain.

Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoan Islands, 2 dead

Apia - The first reported storm of the South Pacific cyclone season triggers flooding and structural damage, with two people dead.

Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoan Islands, 2 dead

Apia - The first reported storm of the South Pacific cyclone season triggers flooding and structural damage, with two people dead.

Fiji Trade Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony speaks Special

Sydney - Fiji's Trade Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony gave a media briefing about the impasse with the union movement in Fiji at Unions NSW, Trades Hall in Sydney.

Entire Pacific nation of Kiribati may have to move to Fiji

Tarawa - Fears that rising sea levels due to climate change could soon wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago has forced the leaders of Kiribati to look at the option of moving their entire nation to neighbouring Fiji.

At least six dead in Fiji flooding

The islands of Fiji, in particular the largest island Viti Levu, have been badly affected by flooding and landslides following days of intense rain. The government has declared a state of disaster.
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The motor-schooner, Tui Tai, takes travellers on a cultural and natural journey through the islands east of Vanua Levu in Northern Fiji.
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Fiji Trade Union Congress president Daniel Urai (left) with Fiji Trade Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony (right).
Fiji s Trade Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony in Sydney.
Fiji's Trade Union Congress national secretary Felix Anthony in Sydney.
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