Pacific islands

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Fiji reef battle: judge finds China-linked developers guilty in landmark case
The case has been described as a ‘watershed’ moment that will test Fiji’s environmental laws

Kate Lyons

09, Apr, 2021 @5:48 AM

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Miss Papua New Guinea stripped of her crown for TikTok twerking video
Lucy Maino faced intense online harassment over clip in incident that critics say highlights misogyny in PNG

Leanne Jorari in Port Moresby

07, Apr, 2021 @12:10 AM

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Micronesian scientist becomes first Pacific Islander to reach ocean's deepest point
Nicole Yamase is second-youngest person and third woman to visit Challenger Deep, a place fewer people have visited than have flown to the moon

Jon Letman

03, Apr, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Deserted islands: Pacific resorts struggle to survive a year without tourists
Algae-filled pools and shuttered hotel windows are a reminder that Covid-19 is not just a public health problem

Dan McGarry in Port Vila, Sheldon Chanel in Suva, Emmanuel Samoglou in Rarotonga

02, Apr, 2021 @9:30 PM

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Pandemic will weigh heaviest on tourism-dependent economies, warns IMF
But impact over rest of decade will not be as bad as that following financial crisis of 2008

Phillip Inman

31, Mar, 2021 @6:34 PM

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Palau to welcome first tourists in a year with presidential escort
Palau is opening up to visitors from Taiwan under strict Covid-safe measures, but locals still have doubts

Bernadette Carreon in Koror and Erin Hale in Taipei

30, Mar, 2021 @11:45 PM

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PNG prime minister first to be vaccinated with Australian-supplied doses 'to show it's safe'
James Marape receives AstraZeneca Covid vaccine at Port Morseby football stadium to help combat misinformation

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby

30, Mar, 2021 @10:41 AM

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PNG government official's company awarded lucrative Covid catering contract
Prime minister James Marape to set up investigation into AU$200,000 contract for Caring Ltd to provide catering services

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby, and Kate Lyons

29, Mar, 2021 @2:02 AM

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Inside the Covid unit: crisis threatens to overwhelm PNG's biggest hospital
Exhausted doctors warn sceptical patients that Covid is real as Port Moresby general reaches capacity

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby

25, Mar, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Cook Islands-flagged tankers scrubbed for alleged sanctions-busting
Two tankers flying the flag of the remote Pacific archipelago are alleged to have been involved in subterfuge shipping of Iranian oil

Emmanuel Samoglou in Rarotonga

23, Mar, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Covid cases in Papua New Guinea triple in a month as doctors warn of 'danger days' ahead
Cases of coronavirus reached record highs on the weekend, as more than 120 hospital staff in Port Moresby hospital test positive

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby

22, Mar, 2021 @1:28 AM

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'This is what we feared': how a country that avoided the worst of Covid finally got hit
Papua New Guinea has seen coronavirus cases skyrocket, with fears it could push the country’s health system to breaking point

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby

19, Mar, 2021 @8:00 PM

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