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Solomon Islands 'planning Facebook ban' over posts criticising govt

Honiara - The Solomon Islands is reportedly planning to ban Facebook after the government received harsh criticism on the social media platform, sparking outrage among rights groups and opposition figures in the Pacific island nation.

Briton, Australian killed clearing WWII bomb in Solomons

Honiara - Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II ordnance they were helping to clear exploded, officials said Monday.

Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

Vila - A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.

Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

Vila - A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished Pacific nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Sydney - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.The powerful quake struck just after 4 pm (0500 GMT) at a depth of 17.

Princes Charles urges Solomons to embrace 'bio-economy'

Honiara - Prince Charles called on the Solomon Islands to better protect its forests Monday, saying embracing the "bio-economy" was vital to the Pacific nation's future prosperity.

Solomons vetoes Chinese 'lease' on Pacific island

Honiara - A Chinese company's attempt to lease an entire island in the Pacific archipelago was unlawful and will not be allowed to go ahead, the Solomon Islands said Friday.

Taiwan cuts ties with Solomon Islands after China switch

Taipei - Taiwan severed ties with the Solomon Islands on Monday after learning the Pacific nation was switching diplomatic recognition to China, as Taipei accused Beijing of using "dollar diplomacy" to buy off its few remaining allies.

Taiwan terminates relations with Solomon Islands: foreign ministry

Taipei - Taiwan on Monday severed ties with the Solomon Islands after learning the Pacific nation had decided to switch diplomatic recognition to China, a decision it described as "extremely regrettable".

Why the Solomons is mulling China diplomatic switch

Honiara - China looks poised to gain an ally in the strategic Pacific region this month as a new Solomon Islands leadership sours on decades of "useless" diplomatic ties to Taiwan.

Stricken ship refloated after Solomons oil spill

Wellington - The ship at the centre of an environmental disaster near World-Heritage listed waters in the Solomon Islands was refloated Saturday after being stranded on a coral reef for more than three months.

Owner's 'deep remorse' over ship stuck on Pacific reef

Wellington - The owner of a grounded cargo ship that is leaking oil into World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands has apologised for the environmental disaster but denied the crew were drunk when the accident happened.

New Zealand joins Solomons oil spill response

Wellington - New Zealand joined an international effort Friday to limit damage from oil spilling out of a ship that ran aground near World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands almost a month ago.

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.

6.6-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville

Sydney - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island on Saturday but there was no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists said.The quake, scaled back from an initial reported magnitude of 6.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS

Sydney - A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday night, hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey said.

Disease threatens flood-hit Solomons

Honiara - The flood-ravaged Solomon Islands was facing a new threat Monday as the first signs of disease emerged in camps sheltering thousands of displaced residents in the capital Honiara, aid workers said.

Death toll in Solomons flooding rises to nine

Honiara - The confirmed death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands rose to nine Saturday and was expected to continue climbing, authorities said, as reports emerged of children swept away in swollen rivers.

Boy, 10, dismembered in Solomons

Horrific crime brings Australian police to help in the Solomons Islands.
 

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