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A package of turkey tails
PACIFIC ISLANDS — The Pacific islands are home to an ongoing health crisis. Across thousands of islands scattered in the Pacific Ocean, millions of people are struggling from a debilitating diabetes epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has alarmingly revealed that on average half of the...
Tonga's Women & Children Crisis Centre Director, 'Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — As countries across the Pacific implement measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, women's advocates are concerned what it might mean for vulnerable people in violent relationships. A family advocate in Tonga said the national lockdown and closing of borders had added stress...
Mayor Kirk Caldwell
IN THE PACIFIC  — More Covid-19 cases have been announced in the Pacific, with several countries increasing restrictions as the virus hits the region. Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Pacific Hawaii now has 95 Covid-19 cases. Guam confirmed five more cases of Covid-19 overnight bringing the US...
Fiji Airways plane on the tarmac
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Countries around the Pacific continue to scramble to implement measures to safeguard citizens from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Fiji has restricted entry to all travellers from the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime...
A panel of diverse stakeholders shared their thoughts on how to improve the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii’s $100 million tuna industry was the latest focal point for members of Congress trying to decide how to improve the main federal law governing the management of U.S. coastal waters. Conservationists and commercial fishing industry leaders came together on the need to...
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon
Honolulu, HAWAII — As disputes over incursions by fishing fleets spread south through the Pacific Ocean, so too the face of maritime patrols is changing. Cook Islands News editor Jonathan Milne reports from Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i. I lower myself through the black hatch on the top of the USS Tucson...
This Sept. 12, 2019 photo shows bleaching coral in Kahala'u Bay in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs...
A child in Tuvalu asks the rest of the world to please find a place for her country.
Tokyo, JAPAN — As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning...
China's President Xi Jinping during state visit to PNG
Apia, SAMOA — China's ambassador to Samoa labelled critics of Beijing's activities in the Pacific "ignorant" and "prejudiced" Tuesday in the latest testy public missive from the rising Asian superpower's diplomatic corps. Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific islands was a major theme at a...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Funafuti, TUVALU — Pacific island leaders do not share Australia's concerns about China's rising influence in the region, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said Thursday. While Canberra and Washington fear China's long-term ambition is a military base in the Pacific, Malielegaoi said he...

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