South Pacific

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Prince Philip: the unlikely but willing Pacific deity
Cargo-worshipping sect on Tanna in Vanuatu revered Duke of Edinburgh as the pale-skinned son of an ancient spirit

Caroline Davies

10, Apr, 2021 @1:19 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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France underestimated impact of nuclear tests in French Polynesia
Groundbreaking new analysis could allow more than 100,000 people to claim compensation

Jon Henley

09, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Vanuatu coronavirus vaccine rollout to take until end of 2023
The majority of the Pacific nation’s population won’t be immunised for another two years, government planning documents show

Dan McGarry in Port Vila

25, Feb, 2021 @11:38 PM

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Chinese fishing captains face jail, big fines for alleged illegal fishing in Vanuatu
Boats’ owner says holds of vessels were empty and allegations of illegal fishing are baseless

Dan McGarry in Port Vila

16, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Future of Pacific Islands Forum in doubt as Palau walks out
Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Nauru had questioned whether to remain members amid bullying claims

Bernadette Carreon in Koror and Ben Doherty Pacific editor

05, Feb, 2021 @12:45 AM

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Migration firm investigated over ads promising Vanuatu passports
Global-Migrate accused of promoting access to travel document without the government’s authority, although advertisements ‘not unlawful in themselves’

Ben Doherty Pacific editor

03, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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From the archive, 1996: France stops nuclear test programme
Twenty-five years ago, the French government announced the end of its nuclear weapons programme in the South Pacific

compiled by Richard Nelsson

27, Jan, 2021 @11:26 AM

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Chinese vessels detained by Vanuatu, accused of fishing illegally
Crew on two vessels face further investigation in Pacific nation, a month after similar incident in Palau

Dan McGarry in Port Vila and Ben Doherty Pacific Editor

25, Jan, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Fiji's attorney general won't face charges over 1987 bombings
Prosecutor says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, one of Fiji’s most powerful political figures

Kelvin Anthony

14, Jan, 2021 @12:54 AM

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'A memory bobbing around the ocean': message in a bottle found after two years
Conservationist on a remote Papua New Guinean island finds message from American girl thrown overboard more than 2,500km away

Lyanne Togiba in Port Moresby

14, Jan, 2021 @12:07 AM

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Pacific leaders condemn Australia's 'weak' climate target in open letter to Scott Morrison
Fourteen eminent signatories urge Canberra to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050

Ben Doherty Pacific Editor

01, Dec, 2020 @4:12 AM

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