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United Nations chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

May 16, 2019 - 3:18 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says Pacific islanders still needed help to deal with the fallout of nuclear testing

NUCLEAR LEGACY. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

EU expands tax blacklist to 15 countries, including UAE

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.

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Taiwan leader to visit Pacific allies to firm up ties

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Tsai Ing-wen will visit Palau, Nauru, and Marshall Islands between March 21 and March 28

VISITING ALLIES. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Hawaii volcanic smog blankets Marshall Islands

May 28, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now in its fourth week of eruptions

ERUPTION. A car passes as lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure illuminates the night sky, after midnight on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Pacific climate campaigner Tony de Brum dies at 72

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:51 AM

De Brum whose tireless advocacy pricked the world s conscience over the fate of low lying Pacific island nations threatened by rising seas passes away after a long battle with cancer

CLIMATE CHAMPION. This file photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows Tony de Brum, then minister-in-assistance to the president of the Marshall Islands, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Association in Sydney. Greg Wood/AFP

Top UN court to decide fate of Marshall Islands' epic nuclear case

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The UN s highest court will rule on whether to take up a case brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race

The mushroom cloud of a 1945 nuclear bomb test at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. AFP photo/STF

Pacific castaways survive 4 weeks adrift

May 05, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Four men are rescued after spending nearly a month adrift in the Pacific surviving on fish after their boat was blown off course by a storm

Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

Mar 21, 2016 - 1:16 PM

Marshall Islands president: By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front

Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands

Mar 11, 2016 - 10:56 AM

A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls this week tossing rocks and debris into roads backyards and homes

CLIMATE CHANGE. A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls. File photo from Wikipedia

Marshalls to open nuclear arms battle at top UN court

Mar 05, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Despite their size the Marshall Islands will begin a huge battle against countries which they accuse of breaching their obligations under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

BATTLEGROUND. The Marshall Islands will present their case accusing 9 countries of breaching their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to the International Court of Justice. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

#COP21 deal: Indigenous peoples fear rights might be dropped

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The US EU and Norway are reportedly blocking reference to human rights in Article 2 which includes recognition of indigenous peoples rights

Indigenous peoples to world leaders: We carry burden of climate change

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:24 PM

This injustice calls for a commitment by the international community to compensate for the historical social and ecological debt we are suffering

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS CAUCUS. Indigenous peoples from the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Russia and Eastern Europe, and Africa pause for a solemn moment of solidarity as they tackle their proposals to the COP21 in Paris, France. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Periled by climate change, Marshall Islands makes carbon pledge

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:41 PM

The sparsely populated cluster of Pacific atolls becomes the first small island nation to submit a carbon cutting pledge ahead of a year end conference in Paris

In this file photo, two local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Giff Johnson/AFP

Global warming blamed for Pacific coral bleaching

Dec 22, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Marine researchers say an El Niño weather pattern has been developing in recent months raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Rising sea levels unearth Japan soldiers in Pacific

Jun 09, 2014 - 3:32 PM

The bodies of around 20 men are found at a small coastal cemetery due to the ocean s actions on the Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands says climate change behind floods

Mar 05, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The Marshalls declared a state of emergency in the wake of the flooding which peaked Monday March 3 when surges caused by so called king tides inundated areas of the low lying capital

TIDAL SURGE. A high tide energized by storm surges washes across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands on March 3, 2014, causing widespread flooding and damaging a number of homes. Giff Johnson/AFP

Marshall Islands want US to resolve unfinished nuclear legacy

Mar 01, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Because of the nuclear weapons tests US ambassador Thomas Armbruster says today we live in a safer world

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak says the United States' nuclear testing legacy also affected many other islands throughout the country. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Salvadoran castaway in emotional reunion with family

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:21 PM

The fisherman s story of survival captivated the world earning skeptics but also believers including officials and fishermen who say they searched for him after he disappeared off the coast of Mexico in late 2012

SURVIVOR. In a file picture taken on February 3, 2014 a Mexican castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Albarengo walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll. Hilary Hosia / AFP

Salvadoran castaway set for emotional welcome home

Feb 11, 2014 - 2:50 PM

With a new haircut and clean shave the 37 year old was heading home to a family that thought he was dead until he emerged recounting how he ate raw fish and birds and drank urine and turtle blood to survive

SURVIVOR. In a file picture taken on February 3, 2014 a Mexican castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Albarengo walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll. Hilary Hosia / AFP

Pacific castaway prepares to go home

Feb 06, 2014 - 8:17 AM

Alvarenga says he set off on a fishing trip in late 2012 from Mexico before becoming lost and drifting some 12 500 kilometers 8 000 miles to the Marshalls in a small boat

SURVIVOR. In a file picture taken on February 3, 2014 a Mexican castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Albarengo walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll. Hilary Hosia / AFP

13 months adrift: Dreams of family, food sustain castaway

Feb 04, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga said his strong religious faith helped as he drifted some 12 500 kilometers from Mexico to the Marshall Islands

SURVIVOR. In a file picture taken on February 3, 2014 a Mexican castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Albarengo walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll. Hilary Hosia / AFP

Man washes up in Marshall Islands 'after 16 months adrift'

Jan 31, 2014 - 3:33 PM

The man claims he left Mexico for El Salvadaor in September 2012 with a companion who died at sea several months ago

ADRIFT. He reportedly left Mexico for El Salvador with a companion, and survived by catching food with his bare hands

Pacific climate change pact wins US support

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Separately the US was offering 24 million over five years for projects in vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Pacific leaders sign plea for action on climate change

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The goal of the Majuro Declaration was to create the political will for the world to adopt legally binding climate change targets by 2015

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Climate science 'alarming', 'irrefutable' - Kerry

Sep 02, 2013 - 8:18 PM

European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard meanwhile said the threat facing low lying island nations showed that international action on the issue was overdue

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

Pacific sounds warning on climate change - Marshalls FM

Aug 30, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The Marshall Islands is working on reinvigorating the climate change discussion with the signing of the Majuro Declaration

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

Climate 'catastrophe' looms in Pacific - Marshall Islands

Aug 01, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Marshall Islands wants the so called Majuro Declaration presented to the UN General Assembly to help renew global efforts on emissions reduction

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

PH may export bananas to US territory by yearend

Aug 23, 2012 - 4:54 PM

The Philippines may export to the Marshall Islands by November or December according to the Bureau of Plant Industry