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Week of violence in Papuan regency culminates in pastor’s death

Several people have been killed in a series of deadly shootings in a Papuan regency in Indonesia this past week. The latest victim was a Papuan pastor at a Gospel Church in Intan Jaya, on...

PNG: Bougainville presidential count goes through 20th elimination

All the signs are that the Bougainville presidential preference eliminations will go down to the wire. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, Ishmael Toroama, continues to lead the count after the 20th elimination. But with just 43,600 votes, so far, he is still some way from achieving the required absolute majority of 63253. Father Simon Dumarinu,...

U.S. imposes Iran sanctions, says U.N. penalties resume despite skepticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on Iran’s defense ministry and others involved in its nuclear and weapons program to support the U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, which key European allies as well as Russia and China reject. Iran said the new U.S. sanctions,...

Pacific seeks changes to law of the sea

The Pacific Islands Forum is calling for changes to the law governing the region’s maritime boundaries. A Regional Conference on Securing the Limits of the Blue Pacific focussed on the legal options, institutional responses to the impact of sea-level rise on baselines and the context of international law. Delegates agreed the existing law did not...

Canada police say six ricin-laced letters sent to U.S., including White House

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (Reuters) – Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb linked to the woman arrested for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and to five other addresses in Texas, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said. U.S. authorities arrested a woman at the U.S.-Canada border near Buffalo, New...

French Polynesia’s Covid peak may not be until January – Govt

French Polynesia has recorded another 35 Covid-19 cases taking their total to 1353. Just under 1300 cases had been detected since August when borders were reopened to give the tourism industry a boost. Projections by the government suggest the peak of the latest wave won’t be reached until January, raising concern for the health system’s...

World leaders mark U.N. at 75, challenged by pandemic, U.S., China tensions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member world body. As COVID-19 began to spread around the world earlier this year, forcing...

Solomon Islands police raise questions over fatal explosion

Following Sunday’s fatal explosion, police in Solomon Islands have raised concerns about unexploded Second World War bombs being taken into residential areas. On Sunday night two foreign workers affiliated to a Norwegian NGO were killed during an explosion at Tasahe in West Honiara. Police said the British and Australian nationals from the Norwegian People’s Aid...

Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide

LONDON (Reuters) – Wildfires among ponderosa pines and Douglas firs of the U.S. West have long been part of nature’s cycle of renewal, as much as the changing of the seasons. But as climate change makes the region more arid, wildfires have grown more frequent and ferocious. Scientists worry the hottest blazes could end up...

Pacific women entrepreneurs suffer more under Covid-19: Trade Commissioner

The head of the Pacific Trade and Investment Commission says women-led businesses in the region are in urgent need of support amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Caleb Jarvis says despite most of the region being free of the virus, the economic impact of closed borders has been detrimental. Jarvis says this is evident in countries reliant...

Colombian unions, students seek to revive mass protests against government, police violence

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian workers and students protested against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque on Monday, seeking to revive mass demonstrations amid an economic crisis and recent incidents of police brutality. A morning caravan of bicycles, motorcycles and cars to the labor ministry was organized by major unions to comply with...

Border closures delay return of Samoan peacekeepers

Covid-19 enforced border closures have delayed the return of Samoan Police Officers on United Nations Peacekeeping missions in Africa. Police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said Samoan personnel were stationed across the continent and had now had their postings extended. “Generally, the mission is for one year and it takes a lot of qualifications and testing...

Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival based in UAE

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian security forces arrested over half a dozen supporters of an exiled Palestinian politician who some have accused of involvement in the United Arab Emirates deal to forge ties with Israel, a spokesman for his faction said. Mohammed Dahlan has lived in the UAE since being driven out of the...

PNG police introduce fairness monitoring for Goroka election

Papua New Guinea police are applying new measures to monitor the fairness of voting in the Goroka by-election. Polling began today for the long-delayed by-election triggered after a petition against incumbent MP Henry Ame’s (arm-eh) victory in the 2017 general election. Members of the police hierachy have convereged on Goroka for polling. As part of...

Italy’s Salvini fails to make expected gains in regional elections

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s rightwing opposition leader Matteo Salvini failed to make the breakthroughs he had hoped for in regional elections, voting results showed on Monday, in a boost to the fragile coalition government. As the count proceeded, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) looked sure to hold on to three regions it already rules, while...

Tahiti to Rapa Nui air link to reopen in March

Air links between French Polynesia and South America are expected to be restarted at the end of March. The Chile-based carrier Latam says it plans to resume its flights from Rapa Nui to Tahiti on 29 March. Several people from Rapa Nui are still stranded in Tahiti. Tahiti closed its airport to commercial airlines in...

Exclusive: Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against COVID-19. The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis,...

Solomons marks diplomatic switch with opening of Chinese embassy

Solomon Islands has marked what the prime minister referred to as putting the country on the “right side of history”, with the official opening of China’s embassy in Honiara. A year ago Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations with China after previously recognising Taiwan for 36 years. Today a flag raising ceremony was held in front...

Oil prices slip on potential Libyan oil return; Gulf storm supports

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Monday on the potential return of oil output from Libya even as rising coronavirus cases add to worries about global demand, although losses were limited as a new tropical storm heads for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Brent crude LCOc1 was down 20 cents, or 0.5%, at $42.95 a barrel...

Germany plans reform to avoid bankruptcy wave due to corona

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany would relax insolvency rules under proposals set out on Saturday to help avert a wave of bankruptcies in Europe’s biggest economy, provided companies hit by the coronavirus crisis have a robust business model. Keen to avoid bankruptcies and mass layoffs, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has launched a range of stimulus and...

ByteDance says TikTok Global plans public offering

(Reuters) – China’s ByteDance said on Monday that TikTok Global will launch a public offering of shares to enhance the corporate governance structure and transparency for the firm that will control the video platform’s U.S. operations. ByteDance said in a statement TikTok Global will also conduct a pre-IPO round that will leave ByteDance with an...

New Zealand to ease coronavirus restrictions in Auckland, rest of country

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city Auckland will be eased, while all restrictions will be lifted in the rest of the country. Auckland will move to alert level 2 from Thursday, Ardern said at a news conference on Monday, which will limit gatherings to...

World’s top companies urge action on nature loss ahead of U.N. talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Some of the world’s biggest companies on Monday backed growing calls for governments to do more to reverse the accelerating destruction of the natural world and support broader efforts to fight climate change. More than 560 companies with combined revenues of $4 trillion including Walmart WMT.N, Citigroup C.N and Microsoft MSFT.O signed up to a statement calling...

Australia’s Victoria reports steady downward trend in COVID-19 cases

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s coronavirus hotspot of Victoria reported on Monday a steady downward trend in daily coronavirus cases, putting the state on course to ease more restrictions by next week. The two-week average rise in cases in Melbourne, the state capital, dropped below 35 on Monday, on track to meet a target of below...

21st September

US Marines don’t need to conduct destructive training in CNMI – court

The US Marines based in Guam do not need to stage live-fire war games in the neighbouring Northern Marianas, according to a new court ruling. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the Marines could conduct “their required training” outside the CNMI and concluded that, while it may be more convenient for them to have...

Toroama extends lead in Bougainville presidency race

The former rebel militant commander Ishmael Toroama has extended his lead after the 18th elimination in the Bougainville presidential vote count. He has established a lead of over 13,000 votes over second-placed, former Papua New Guinea MP, Father Simon Dumarinu. In third place is former Bougainville chief secretary Thomas Raivet, while Peter Tsiamalili, who had...

New Caledonia’s referendum campaign officially launched

The official campaign has today been opened for New Caledonia’s referendum on independence from France. Six political formations are officially authorised to campaign for the plebiscite on 4 October when 180,000 voters will be asked whether they want the territory to accede to full sovereignty. Three groups are for independence and three are for the...

Mass rallies and police data leaks in Belarus keep pressure on Lukashenko

(Reuters) – More than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit. Many walked in a vast column that stretched back several kilometres, decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and chanting “go away” as...

Protesters say localised lockdowns in Madrid discriminate against poor

MADRID (Reuters) – Protesters in some poorer areas of Madrid that are facing lockdown to stem a soaring COVID-19 infection rate took to the streets on Sunday to call for better health provisions, complaining of discrimination by the authorities. Madrid’s regional government on Friday ordered a lockdown from Monday in some of the poorer areas...

Samoa resumes repatriation flights from New Zealand

More than 300 Samoans were repatriated from New Zealand yesterday, the tenth such flight since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. TV1 Samoa reports most of the arrivals were returning seasonal workers who have completed their contracts in Aotearoa. Also on board were Samoans who have been stranded in New Zealand since March when the...

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