Pacific islands

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Tonga volcano: 84% of population affected by ashfall and tsunami
Some residents relocated after homes destroyed as communication remains ‘an acute challenge’ and more international relief on its way

Kate Lyons

24, Jan, 2022 @12:58 AM

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Nauru offshore regime to cost Australian taxpayers nearly $220m over next six months
Brisbane firm Canstruct International awarded eighth contract extension to provide ‘garrison and welfare services’ on the island

Ben Doherty

23, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Papua New Guinea repeals death penalty 30 years after reintroduction
Justice minister says state lacks ability to humanely execute those convicted, while PM says PNG is a ‘Christian nation’

Lyanne Togiba in Port Moresby

21, Jan, 2022 @5:09 AM

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‘Absolutely amazing’: Tongan man swept away by tsunami stayed afloat for 24 hours
Lisala Folau climbed a tree on his home island before being washed away and eventually managing to reach the capital

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

20, Jan, 2022 @6:12 AM

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New photos show Tonga tsunami devastation as first aid plane arrives from New Zealand
First aid supplies have arrived in Tonga amid fears over contaminated water sources after volcano eruption

Helen Livingstone and agencies

20, Jan, 2022 @4:24 AM

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First aid shipments leave for Tonga, amid fears aid workers could bring ‘tsunami of Covid’
Australia and New Zealand dispatch naval vessels carrying material to help provide temporary shelter and clean drinking water after volcanic eruption

Royce Kurmelovs

19, Jan, 2022 @4:12 AM

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Papua New Guinea reports first Omicron cases, amid fears over low vaccination rate
Authorities have called for calm while announcing the first case of the virulent strain of Covid-19

Lyanne Togiba in Port Moresby

19, Jan, 2022 @2:13 AM

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Tonga volcano: islands covered in ash as three deaths confirmed
Pictures from New Zealand defence force surveillance flight and UN satellite images show land and trees coated in ash

Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @1:54 PM

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Tonga could be cut off for weeks amid efforts to repair undersea communications cable
Threat of new volcanic eruption could prevent access by repair ship, which is en route from 4,000km away

Ben Doherty and Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @4:14 AM

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Tonga volcano: distress signal detected in low-lying islands after eruption, as first death reported
Regular contact with Tonga may not resume for weeks after confirmation the communications cable was cut in at least one place

Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @2:38 AM

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Tonga: tsunami floods streets and cuts communication after undersea volcano erupts
Warnings issued for Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and US west coast as waves observed in Tonga, American Samoa and Fiji

Associated Press

15, Jan, 2022 @9:54 PM

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Cryptoland runs aground as $12m bid to buy Fiji island for resort falls through
Plans by crypto-evangelists for the lavish hideaway have courted mockery and controversy, and now the island is back on the market

Ben Butler

15, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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