Pacific islands

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Former PMs apologise to Pacific leaders for Australia’s apathy on climate crisis
Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull lash out at Morrison government’s ‘cynical indifference’ and assure Pacific leaders ‘a majority’ of Australians ‘are in your corner’

Kate Lyons

22, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Third of Pacific islands unable to attend Cop26, sparking fears summit will be less ambitious
Activists say the presence of the countries most affected by climate crisis is key to pressuring leaders to agree aggressive targets

Kate Lyons

21, Oct, 2021 @12:28 AM

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Rising sea levels threaten Marshall Islands’ status as a nation, World Bank report warns
Large parts of Pacific country’s capital would be permanently flooded and islands would disappear, according to new projections

Joshua Mcdonald

16, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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In Samoa we are born into land, climate change threatens to take it away from us
Everyone in the Pacific has stories of times the climate crisis hit our lives. For me, it is the birth of my daughter between cyclones

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

14, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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‘We’re ready’: Fiji prepares to welcome tourists almost two years after closing borders
Fully vaccinated travellers from select countries including New Zealand and Australia will be able to visit from November

Geraldine Panapasa in Suva

14, Oct, 2021 @2:13 AM

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Pandora papers: Samoa defends its offshore industry, points to ‘key levers’ in bigger countries
Pacific country says it faces ‘diabolical challenges’ due to larger nations and that they play a much bigger role in controversial industry

Kate Lyons

11, Oct, 2021 @4:36 AM

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New report urges Australia to help ‘vaccinate the world’ by donating 20m extra Covid jab doses
As Australia prepares to offer Covid booster shots to vulnerable citizens, a report warns some nations aren’t due to hit 70% milestone until 2030

Daniel Hurst

10, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘It was a nice break from everything’: two men rescued after 29 days lost at sea
Surviving on oranges they’d packed, coconuts from the sea and rainwater they collected, they floated about 400km in the Solomon Sea before being rescued

Joshua Mcdonald

08, Oct, 2021 @4:33 AM

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‘Crisis unfolding’ as Papua New Guinea hospitals hit by worst Covid wave yet
Health authorities have been forced to turn a stadium into a makeshift hospital while elsewhere essential services are closing

Leanne Jorari in Port Moresby

08, Oct, 2021 @12:14 AM

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PNG admits Maserati purchase was ‘terrible mistake’ as they go on sale at discounted price
Fleet of luxury cars, purchased for the 2018 Apec summit in a move that prompted widespread outrage, has been put up for sale

Leanne Jorari in Port Moresby

01, Oct, 2021 @4:19 AM

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‘Shark calling’: locals claim ancient custom threatened by seabed mining
‘Shark calling’, a Papua New Guinea tradition of singing to sharks then catching them by hand, could vanish – and locals blame deep-sea disturbances

Kalolaine Fainu in New Ireland province and Maryann Uechtritz

30, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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How are Australia’s neighbours faring in the Covid pandemic?
Vaccination rates are rising in much of south-east Asia and the Pacific after recent outbreaks, but some of the largest countries are falling behind

Josh Nicholas

29, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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