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High wire: Cirque du Soleil founder held for 'growing cannabis'

Papeete - The billionaire founder of global acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, has been detained in French Polynesia on suspicion of growing cannabis on his private island in the South Pacific, authorities said.

France sued for 'crimes' over nuclear tests: Polynesia leader

New York - A complaint has been filed at the Hague-based International Criminal Court against France for alleged crimes against humanity over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific, a French Polynesian opposition leader said on Tuesday.

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

Paris - More than 50 years after France began conducting dozens of nuclear tests in the South Pacific, the French parliament on Thursday significantly eased the criteria for islanders who suffered health effects to be compensated.

Zika can trigger severe neurological disorder: Study

Paris - Scientists on Tuesday said they had confirmed that the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and blamed for severe birth defects can also trigger a dangerous neurological disorder.

Hollande acknowledges impact of nuclear testing in Pacific

Papeete - French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged that three decades of nuclear tests in French Polynesia had "an impact" on health and the environment and promised a review of the victim compensation process.

Review: 'Kon-Tiki' is a legend in the making Special

'Kon-Tiki' is the story of a legendary explorer’s epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to historically settle in Polynesia.

Idyllic South Pacific islands running dangerously low on water

Two Polynesian islands in the South Pacific are running so low on water its residents expect to run out of drinking water within one to two weeks. Tokelau and Tuvalu are typical tropical islands of paradise but now they face an environmental crisis.

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