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Media muzzled for Pacific summit at 'Australia's Guantanamo'

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island of Nauru -- home to a Canberra-funded refugee detention camp dubbed "Australia's Guantanamo" -- is limiting media access to the region's largest diplomatic summit, sparking claims it is trying to muzzle the press.

Australia vows to compete with China funding in Pacific

Sydney - Australia pledged Tuesday to provide Pacific nations with better funding to counter Chinese development money which it fears will leave some countries with massive debt burdens and undermine their sovereignty.

Australia hikes aid in Pacific as China pushes for influence

Sydney - Australia is refocussing its foreign aid programmes in a move to win hearts and minds in the island nations of the Pacific, as an increasingly assertive China flexes its muscles in the region.The country has pledged more than Aus$1.

Trump considers re-joining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

Washington - President Donald Trump said Thursday the US could re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership if it could get a "better" deal, potentially marking an abrupt about-face for a president who campaigned against the deal and swiftly withdrew from it after taking...

Pacific US military outpost eyes shifting strategic seas

- Life on Wake Island seems, much of the time, rather sedate.The blank "Flight Movement" board at this tiny airfield in the middle of the Pacific promises zero flights, and no movement.

'US presence matters' says admiral on carrier in the South China Sea

With a deafening roar the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed South China Sea, as its admiral vowed that the mighty ship's presence was proof America still had regional clout.

China lodges protest against Australian 'white elephant' remarks

Bejing - China lodged a formal diplomatic protest on Wednesday after a senior Australian minister called Chinese infrastructure projects in the Pacific "white elephants", the latest spat in increasingly contentious relations.

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action

Apia - Pacific island leaders on Friday demanded urgent action from the global community to address climate change, following fresh warnings that the region would be hit harder than anywhere else on Earth.

Pacific islands can't tackle climate change alone: World Bank

Apia - Climate change will hit the Pacific harder than anywhere else on Earth and the region's tiny island nations need major international aid to deal with the challenge, the World Bank said Thursday.

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.

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

Wellington - The Cook Islands has created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, protecting a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean more than three times the size of France.Legislation setting up the 1.

Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

Wellington - Marine ecosystems in one of the Pacific's most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday.

Pacific nations open summit with eye on climate fight

Pohnpei - Pacific island leaders opened their annual regional summit Thursday with a colourful ceremony in Micronesia, as some of the world's smallest nations vowed to put up a big fight against climate change.

Hurricane Lester, Tropical Storm Madeline strengthen in Pacific

Washington - Hurricane Lester and Tropical Storm Madeline both picked up strength in the Pacific on Saturday, the US National Hurricane Center said, with both possibly heading towards Hawaii.

Only one in five Pacific homes have electricity: World Bank

Nukalofa - Only 20 percent of Pacific Island households have access to electricity -- and the cost is among the highest in the world, according to a senior World Bank official.

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: Study

Sydney - Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday.Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.

Missing boat found off Tonga, all survive

Wellington - A boat that sparked a major search when it went missing off Tonga with 11 people aboard had been found with all passengers safe and well, authorities said Wednesday.

Sea-level rise claims five islands in Solomons: Study

Sydney - Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that could provide valuable insights for future research.

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.

Northern California crabbing industry gets OK to resume harvest

San Francisco - Northern California's crabbing fleet could return to Pacific Ocean waters as early as next week after state regulators approved the catch as safe to eat, three months after the traditional start of the annual season.

Eroding hillside forces California coast residents to evacuate

Pacifica - Residents of the last inhabited apartment building on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacifica were informed Monday that they would have to move — now.

Urgent aid needed to fight 'super' El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney - Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report on Monday.

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.

Pacific summit to issue climate message to world

Port Moresby - Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year.

Australian police find $12.6 mn cocaine haul on yacht

Sydney - Australian police said Tuesday 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of cocaine worth US$12.6 million has been seized from a yacht, as they crack down on syndicates trafficking drugs through the South Pacific.

Utility districts cut water use by 27 percent in California

Sacramento - Drought-slammed California could avoid mandatory water rationing next summer if the state's hundreds of utility districts can keep water under control until the next heavy rains arrive.

Australian deserves award after girlfriend cruise ship tragedy: Inquest

Sydney - A man who jumped off a cruise ship to try and save his girlfriend after she plunged overboard in the dark should receive Australia's highest bravery award, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Rain and snow storms finally soak Northern California

Monterey - The biggest rainstorms in years are expected to continue to pound Northern California for days after resuming Wednesday, bringing a welcome end to three years of drought but ushering in concerns about landslides, flooding and falling trees.

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.
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