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Slow moving Surigae lashes Palau

Tropical storm Surigae lashes the island as it slowly inches its way northward at around 3 miles per hour.  The tropical storm was moving quite slowly becoming near stationary between Palau […]

Palau pauses use of J & J vaccine

Palau is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, and will wait further guidance from the United States.  Gaafar Uherbelau,  Ministry of Health’s […]

The Americans are coming

MELBOURNE(INSIDE STORY)—Fearful of growing Chinese influence, the Trump White House pledged increased engagement with the Pacific islands. Will Joe Biden follow suit?During a […]

Covid-19 pandemic sent 13,850 Guamanians to jobless

HAGATN (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES)— The economic massacre caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has left 13,850 Guamanians jobless as of December 2020, according to the Guam Department of Labour. The labour department said Guam […]

Chinese attendants dressed in winter costumes rehearse the award ceremony of the men’s 500-meters race during a test event for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics has started 10 days of testing for several sport events in five different indoor venues from April 1-10, becoming the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

Worldwide whitewash?

By Jason Brown RAROTONGA/SUVA, 05 APRIL 2021 (ISLANDS BUSINESS)—Worldwide anti-corruption rankings – or first world whitewash?Long-standing questions about the […]

“Have fun and enjoy Palau,” Whipps tells travel bubble tourists

Over 100 tourists from Taiwan that included media members arrived in Palau last night, officially launching the first travel bubble or “sterile corridor” between Palau and Taiwan. The delighted tourists were on the same flight with President Surangel Whipps Jr. who upon arriving, delivered a short remark to welcome the visitors. Tourists were also welcomed […]

Aguon examines BPS changes

Ismael Aguon, who was sworn in as the new Director for the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) on March 18, has said that he will be implementing some changes in the bureau. […]

FSM group sues BOG

A group of citizens and residents of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) filed a Civil Action 2021-008 against Bank of Guam at the […]

Love and Faith

 To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible. – Thomas Aquinas […]

Guam flight takes many by surprise

The March 21st United Airlines flight to Palau brought in essential workers as was previously announced, but many were surprised to learn that it also brought in 32 Palauans from Guam who had reportedly been stranded after […]

Ngerbeched Legislator Francisco investigated

Ngerbeched Legislator and former police officer Felix Francisco is reported to have been questioned by the police this weekend regarding a suspected item that arrived from the Philippines as cargo addressed to his household member.Reports said that […]

Yapese in Palau celebrates Yap Day

Yap citizens in Palau got to celebrate Yap Day for the first time in Palau last Sunday, at Long Island Park, in Koror.The day, celebrated every March 1st in […]

Lifestyle and Interruptions

To live with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear on cheerfully, do all bravely, […]

In this photo released by Executive Yuan, Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang receives a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 22, 2021. Health care workers received the first shots in Taiwan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Monday, beginning a campaign that won’t use supplies from China amid uneven distribution of the vaccines globally. (Executive Yuan via AP)

Taiwan gives health workers island’s 1st AstraZeneca doses

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Health care workers received the first shots in Taiwan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Monday, beginning a campaign that […]

Jim Nickel, right, the deputy chief of mission for the Canadian Embassy in China, speaks to reporters at an entrance door to No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court as he and foreign diplomats arrive to attend former diplomat Michael Kovrig’s trial in Beijing, Monday, Sept 22, 2021. The Beijing court was expected to put on trial the second Canadian citizen held for more than two years on spying charges in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a senior executive of the telecoms giant Huawei. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

2nd Canadian goes on trial in China on spying charges

BEIJING (AP) — A second Canadian citizen held for more than two years on spying charges in apparent retaliation for Canada’s […]

Kayangel leadership joins Governance Clinic

Leaders of the 17th Kayangel State Government joined Vice President Senior and other members of the Executive Branch in a two-day Governance Clinic this week, designed to provide capacity-building for local leaders during the political transition. The clinic is part of the […]

Students compile waste collection calendar for recycling project

The awarding ceremony for a drawing contest for the 2021 Waste Collection Calendar, used to promote recycling in Babeldaob, took place this Wednesday at the National Landfill in Aimeliik, involving student participants from Aimeliik Elementary School, Ibobang Elementary School, Palau High […]

New House legal counsel sworn-in

A new legal counsel for the House of Delegates, a French national, Ms. Charlotte Ruzzica de La Chaussee, was sworn-in yesterday by Associate Justice Materne. Ms. Ruzzica de la Chaussee […]

Operation Rai Balang nets purse seiner

Last week’s Operation Rai Balang caught an illegal purse seiner in Palau’s waters with two smaller boats. The ship, with 18 crew members and two small boats, was released after fishing gears were removed and disabled. The ship was dragging a purse seine net behind it, escorted by two smaller boats, reported Attorney General Ernestine […]

Palau banks solvent, says FIC

The Financial Institutions Commission (FIC) assures the public that all the banks operating in Palau are financially stable and have “high liquidity”, or enough money to pay their depositors’ withdrawals. “As of this time, the […]

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Influx of fishing fleets stressing fish stocks

PORT MORESBY, (THE NATIONAL)—The influx of overseas fishing fleets in Pacific waters is putting stress on fish stocks which requires greater resource management by nations in the Nauru agreement, an economist says. PNG Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker said: “The fishing fleets have been growing, particularly the Chinese fleet, which used to […]

Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks to 109-105 OT victory over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo came up big in overtime, and then took a seat — right on the court. Antetokounmpo scored 10 of his 32 points in the extra session to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the Eastern […]

MHS races Land Shark robots

Twelve senior students from Mindszenty High School’s (MHS) Robotics Team, accompanied by the Maris Stella Fifth Grade Class, held their annual race with robot models built and programmed throughout Third Quarter, last Friday afternoon […]

Sunken fishing vessel poses pollution problem

A rusted fishing vessel which sunk last August off of Ngerchaol Island is drawing concerns after the oil booms placed around it to contain leaking fuel opened at either end, allowing the flow of diesel into the surrounding bay.The […]

Defense begins for Rengulbai, trial reconvenes today

In a jury trial beginning on Monday of last week, the defense case began Thursday for Mr. Silverio Rengulbai, a man accused of possessing and trafficking methamphetamine on multiple occasions.In his opening statement, Defense Attorney Johnson Toribiong asked the […]

FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Panthers have restructured the contracts of running back Christian McCaffrey and linebacker Shaq Thompson, freeing up more than $11 million in salary-cap space before the start of free agency. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nobody comes for free in NFL free agency that begins Monday

The term in use these days is “legal tampering.” Doesn’t seem sensible, and some might call it the “cheating period” instead.Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL’s 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. Lots of deals, even if they aren’t official until Wednesday.“I hate […]

A crowded bar in downtown Taipei on Friday night.Credit…Ashley Pon for The New York Times

Covid? What Covid? Taiwan Thrives as a Bubble of Normality.

The island has used its pandemic success to sell something scarce: life without fear of the coronavirus. Citizens have flocked home from abroad, helping to fuel an economic boom. By Amy Qin and Amy Chang Chien TAIPEI, Taiwan (@ 2020 The New York Times) — As the coronavirus has upended lives and economies around the […]

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HHS team says vaccine is “tested and safe”

A team of 15 medical professionals from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH), are conducting mass COVID vaccinations at Palau National Gym, beginning […]

Youth Day Event raises health awareness

Peoria Poich Koshiba, coach and recent women’s track star for the Palau Track Team, hosted an event to raise youth and health awareness this Youth Day, especially targeting […]

The reconstruction from Great East Japan earthquake

~10 Years since 3.11.2011~ Today, 10 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred at 2:46pm, on March 11th, 2011. It resulted in unprecedented human and material damage of 19,726 people losing their lives, 2,559 people missing, 121,996 houses totally destroyed and about 470,000 people seeking for shelter.      In Palau at […]

International Women’s Day Workshop

On March 8, 2021, more than 33 Palau women entrepreneurs joined with the Palau Chamber of Commerce and the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project on International Women’s Day to […]

Whipps moves gov’t accounts from BOG

As promised, President Surangel Whipps Jr. moved the Palau government accounts out of Bank of Guam in response to the bank’s decision to withhold and return EIP recipients’ monies back to United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).“I spoke with them earlier and told them to return people’s monies. They said it’s their responsibility to investigate […]

Trial begins for accused drug trafficker

A week-long jury trial began yesterday for a man accused of trafficking methamphetamine on three different occasions.Mr. Silverio Rengulbai is charged on six counts, three of Possession of a Controlled Substance and three of Trafficking a Controlled Substance. The trial is examining three alleged drug deals which are said to have taken place in September […]

PICRC Bids Farewell to Noah Idechong

On February 24, the Palau Interactional Coral Reef Center (PICRC) recognized Mr. Noah Idechong, former Chair of PICRC’s Board of Director for his outstanding work in the conservation arena and his contribution to PICRC. Mr. Idechong was appointed to his position in 2012 by former President, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and had been with the […]

People, lands, oceans, climate change

In the next 25 years Palau Conservation will continue and expand its conservation mission in these four strategic areas. The PCS board and staff concluded a 3-day retreat on March 4th to review and update its Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 and look at the next 25 years for Palau. A key output of the […]

Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs. The fraud is fleecing taxpayers, delaying legitimate payments […]

Dozens of refugees released after years of detention by Australia

BRISBANE, (AFP) — Australia has freed dozens of refugees after holding them in detention for years under a policy designed to deter people from seeking asylum in the country, advocates said on Tuesday. More than 60 refugees were released over the past two days from hotels and detention centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin, according […]

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New tax reform on the table with pluses

Finance Minister Kaleb Udui Jr. has submitted recommendations to the proposed Palau Goods & Services Tax (PGST) bill to replace the current outdated tax regime with certain benefits.The current tax system Palau has been using since the Trust Territory days is “inefficient and distortionary, discouraging private investment, particularly start-ups,” states an assessment by the Asian […]

CNMI included in federal wage hike proposal

SAIPAN (MARIANAS VARIETY) — The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which is a US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus package backed by President Joe Biden and the Democrats in the U.S Congress, includes a federal minimum wage hike provision that would apply to the CNMI.Under the proposal, the minimum wage would almost immediately increase to $9.50 […]

Philippines launches virus vaccinations amid supply problems

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines launched a vaccination campaign Monday to contain one of Southeast Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreaks but faces supply problems and public resistance, which it hopes to ease by inoculating top officials.Cabinet officials, along with health workers and military and police personnel, were among the first to be vaccinated in six […]

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Recent addition to Palau workforce

Palau is blessed to welcome four Palauan university graduates who completed their higher education degrees in the Philippines. These graduates have returned home after long period of quarantine in the Philippines, Taiwan and Palau.  These young and highly educated Palauans are recipients of the spring 2021 PNSB Palau National Scholarship Board PFA Palau Fellowship Award […]

Come and walk in my shoes!

Sitting inside my car in midafternoon sun sobbing my eyes out, a grown adult and here I am crying because PPUC is cutting off water to my house and there’s no way I can find over $1,000 to pay them off in order to stop them. Since the pandemic started and borders closed, my husband […]

CNMI government slowly debts

SAIPAN (MARIANAS VARIETY) — With reimbursements from the U.S federal government, the Commonwealth has been slowly paying down its debts, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig told the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. He said in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, the CNMI government paid US$700,000 for a 2007 general obligation bond. […]

Solomon Islands Police patrol boat ambushed by Bougainvilleans

HONIARA (SIBC) — Solomon Islands Police Response Team(PRT) at the border were ambushed ahead of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s visit to Nila in Shortland Islands Wednesday. The incident happened prior to the arrival of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. On Wednesday four PRT officers manning Kariki station did an advance patrol around the islands when they […]

Has the ‘Pacific way’ lost its way? Has the ‘Pacific way’ lost its way?

Pacific leaders must put human security at the top of their agenda to guide the region through the current turbulence, Henry Ivarature writes. SYDNEY (POLICY FORUM) — When Micronesian leaders broke away from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) a fortnight ago, after their candidate for secretary general was not elected to the Forum’s top job, […]

Elementary school swimmers break 12 championship records

Student swimmers competing in last Friday’s All Elementary Schools Swimming Championships broke twelve records out of the twenty events hosted at the annual Championships Meet. The meet, which took place at the Palau National Swimming Pool in Meyuns from 10am to 4pm, brought together 140 students from nine schools, including Koror, Meyuns, Seventh Day Adventist […]

Suns’ Booker replaces Lakers’ Davis in NBA All-Star Game

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was selected Wednesday to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver choose Booker to take Davis’ spot a day after Booker was snubbed by the league’s head coaches for a reserve spot in the March 7 game […]

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage. Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities, Democratic leaders were poised to push the sweeping package through the House on Friday. They were hoping […]

India introduces new rules to regulate online content

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday rolled out new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites to make them more accountable for the online content shared on their platforms, giving the government more power to police it. The Information Technology Ministry said the new regulations would require social media platforms like Facebook […]

Open Gov’t Act triggered by request for gov’t records

Court ruled that any request made to a government official for information or records is considered an Open Government Act (OGA) request, after an appeal in Shmull vs. Ngiraingas Civil No. 20-014.Court issued an opinion on three issues on the Open Government Act raised in an appeal case. One, “any request for records made to […]



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VP OEK Governors 1st Meeting

Monday, 15th February 2021, the Senate with the House of Delegate and the Vice President / Minister of State convene the first meeting with the State Governors to welcome the newly installed Vice President / Minister of State, J. Uduch Sengebau Senior.At the meeting, the Senate President Baules, HOD Speaker Anastacio and Governors’ Association Chairman […]

FIB Extends Deferement for Payment of Annual Foreign Worker Fee

KOROR, Palau – The Foreign Investment Board of the Republic of Palau is announcing that, effective immediately, Foreign Investment Act Certificate (FIAC) license holders who owe annual foreign worker fees may pay those fees by September 30, 2021, without the fees being considered late. This action will apply to any foreign worker fee payment that […]

Taiwan Embassy donates $2,000 to Palau Major League

Taiwan Embassy donated a check of two thousand US dollars to the President of Palau Major League Mlib Tmetuchl on February 19th, 2021.Mlib Tmetuchl said, he is grateful that Taiwan can provide such a generous donation to support the development of baseball sports in Palau. This donation will be used to purchase baseball equipment.Palau Major […]

PICRC Researcher Ikelau Otto provides special lecture for Belau Modekngei Fisheries Class

At the end of January, staff from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) travelled to Belau Modekngei School (BMS) in Ngatpang State to make a special presentation about Palau’s diverse marine environments. Taught by PICRC researcher Ikelau Otto, the lesson focused on different habitats and the animals in them, ranging from mangroves, to coral […]

GBH First Graders explore Palau Aquarium

On February 11, Palau Aquarium hosted thirty 1st grade students and five teachers from George B. Harris Elementary School. The group joined on a tour of the Palau Aquarium, while engaging in several educational activities. Staff at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) prepared various hands-on activities with the objective to introduce students to […]

Seeing the world: Palau-Taiwan distance learning project

Koror elementary school 4th grade students in Palau and Leli Elementary School, Zhinan Elementary School, and Quchi Elementary School 5th grade students in Taiwan, concluded that 78 Palauan students and 55 Taiwanese students has joined this Palau-Taiwan distance learning project. They are not only completed three times online learning on Jan.12th, Jan 19th and Feb. […]

PPUC donated bucket

February 16, 2021.–    The Division of Media & Information Services/EPFM 87.9/Ngerel Belau would like to take this opportunity to extends it great appreciation to the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) CEO Mr. Greg Decherong and his staff for their donation of the bucket truck and assistances of replacing the radio station antenna at the Malakal […]

PICRC Research team presents findings to Melekeok State government

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) was invited to present the findings from their ecological survey on the Ngermedellim Marine Sanctuary. The Melekeok State Legislature and Government gathered on the evening of January 26 at the Penthouse Conference Room to hear from different members of the environmental sector, including PICRC. The PICRC presentation, led by […]

Customs K-9 Unit conducts Drug Education Awareness School Program at Ngerbeched Headstart and KES

On Friday, February 05, 2021, the Customs Drug Detector Dog Unit conducted their Outreach and Drug Awareness Program at Ngerbeched Headstart in the morning and later visiting Koror Elementary School (KES) early that afternoon. At Ngerbeched Headstart, there were about 50 students that received a surprise visit from our K9 unit. As the Officers explained, […]

Elsei Tellei joins PICRC’s research team

Ms. Elsei Tellei recently joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) Research Department as its newest researcher. Elsei was selected to join the research team after going through a competitive application and selection process with other applicants.Elsei first joined PICRC on August 2019, as a Communications and Outreach Officer, where she worked with the […]

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Virtual meeting between RMI Vice Speaker, Senator for Bikini people and Arkansas State Rep Godfrey

MAJURO, 22 FEBRUARY 2021 (RMI GOVT) — On Wednesday, 17 February, Kili Bikini Ejit Senator/Member of the Parliament of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Vice Speaker Peterson JIbas convened a courtesy call with Arkansas State representative Megan Godfrey of District 89.Vice Speaker Jibas acknowledged Representative Godfrey’s continued efforts in introducing legislations, specifically the Marshallese Law Enforcement […]

Small island developing states do not have the luxury of time

By Riad Meddeb NEW YORK (UNDP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Small Island Developing States (SIDS) economies and livelihoods on end. Many of these island states depend heavily on tourism to drive their development. With international travel severely restricted this year as well as global supply chains disrupted, economic contractions of up to 15 […]

2021 Ocean reports launch affirms value of the Blue Economy

SUVA/FUNAFUTI, 12 FEBRUARY 2021 (PIFS/OPOC)—The Pacific’s leadership on sustainable management of the world’s biggest ocean continues with a suite of Ocean reports launched in Suva this week.The collection centerpiece is the Blue Pacific Ocean Report 2021 by the Pacific Ocean Commissioner. Seven other reports focusing on ocean finance are also now available online at the OPOC website.Attending today’s virtual launch Forum […]

Pacific Islands’ Most Important Megaphone Falls Into Discord

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute. By Damien Cave SYDNEY, Australia (@2020 The New York Times)— The Pacific Islands’ most important regional body is on the brink of collapse after a dispute over the election of a new leader led the nation of Palau […]

What is PIF and do we care?

This week, 9 out of 18 countries that are members of the Pacific Island Forum voted former prime minister of Cook Islands, Henry Puna as Secretary General of PIF.  8 countries that include 5 Micronesian countries and 3 from South Pacific voted for Gerald Zackious, Marshall Ambassador to United States and nominee of the Micronesian […]

It’s Micronesia’s turn to head the Forum: Tong

By Samisoni Pareti SUVA, (ISLANDS BUSINESS) — As Pacific leaders meet Wednesday this week to try and select the next head of the Pacific Islands Forum, former Kiribati Leader Anote Tong weighs in on what has been a divisive process.Long-time President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says it’s Micronesia’s turn to head the Pacific Islands Forum.“There […]

Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report

NEW YORK, 22 JANUARY 2021 (UN NEWS CENTRE) — According to the 2020 Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, the region’s poor have been worst affected, forced to choose cheaper and less nutritious foods. The report is jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food […]

The Extraordinary Courage of Aleksei Navalnyd px

After a near-fatal poisoning, Russia’s top dissident steps back into the bear’s den.By The Editorial BoardThe editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. (@2020 The New York Times) Aleksei Navalny knew he would be arrested as […]

Why China Turned Against Jack Ma

The Alibaba chief paid for pushing back against Beijing. But the shift in attitude also speaks to a growing wealth gap and diminished opportunities for the young.By Li Yuan(@ 2020 The New York Times) In China, Jack Ma is synonymous with success. The English teacher turned internet entrepreneur is the country’s richest person. He founded […]

The Risks of the Covid Vaccine, in Context

We should expect some people to experience side effects. The shot is still safer than the disease. By Aaron E. Carroll Dr. Carroll is a pediatrician, a professor and a contributing opinion writer. (The New York Times @2020) At this point, most of us have heard about allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines: the doctor in […]

Cautious Optimism for 2021

As we take a step into 2021, we leave an unprecedented year behind  and enter one that is full of uncertainties, and we do so with cautious optimism. With vaccine roll out at its initial stage, there’s optimism that the end of the COVID 19 pandemic maybe just around the corner but at the same […]

China’s aggressive move against Australia

By Jamie Seidel CANBERRA, 21 DECEMBER 2020 (NEWS.COM.AU)—-Beijing’s monster fishing fleet has long since stripped its own waters bare. Now it is aggressively prowling the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans for a catch. And it is coming to Australia.It grabs as much as it can. As fast as it can. Wherever it can. Not that […]


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FSM to start exit process from PIF

The Federated States of Micronesia is beginning the process of parting ways with the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the government statement said […]

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