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Palau bans 'reef-toxic' sunscreen

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:49 AM

Starting January 1, 2020, any reef-toxic sunscreen imported or sold in Palau will be confiscated and the owner will be fined $1,000

PROTECTING THE REEFS. Palau imposes a ban on toxic sunscreen products that would harm its coral reefs. File photo by AFP/The Pew Charitable Trusts/Matt Rand

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Nations such as Australia and the US fear Beijing's interest is fuelled by a long-term goal to establish a military base in the islands, offering control of vast swathes of ocean

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 786594109  Capital Building at Ngerulmud in Palau  E By Erika Bisbocci

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

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

Japan's Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker prize, the 'Nobel' of architecture

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the 8th Japanese architect to receive the honor. Winners receive a bronze medallion and $100,000.

JAPAN'S PRIDE. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2014 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki poses before a press conference at the "City Life office Tower", a skyscraper that was under construction in Milan. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

U.S. military to install radar in Pacific's Palau

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The move will beef up the United States monitoring ability in the western Pacific region amid threats from North Korea

An undated handout photo received on October 28, 2015, shows Palau's Rock Islands as the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau on October 28, created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, saying it wanted to restore the ocean for future generations. At 500,000 square kilometres (193,000 square miles), the sanctuary is the same size as Spain and covers an underwater wonderland containing 1,300 species of fish and 700 types of coral. AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / Matt RAND ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / MATT RAND

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The regional fever is expected to break by mid year but fears are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will follow

DROUGHT. A photo made available on April 1, 2016 shows Thai villagers walking on drought-parched land near the dried up Phayao Lake in Phayao province, northern Thailand, March 29, 2016. Thailand is facing a water shortage caused by the worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and combined with seasonal hot weather. File photo by Chaichan Chaimun/EPA

Drought-hit Palau could dry up totally this month

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Gov t report: Based on the current water level and usage rates and assuming conditions persist unabated a total water outage is likely to occur in the next two to three weeks

An undated handout photo received on October 28, 2015, shows Palau's Rock Islands Matt Rand/The Pew Charitable Trusts/AFP

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

Palau shocked at first gun killing in 30 years

Oct 23, 2015 - 11:01 AM

Palau President Tommy Remengesau says the death of Koror resident Kenneth Koshiba rocked the nation of 21 000

GUN LAWS AFTER SHOOTING. President Tommy Remengesau of Palau at United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, September 25, 2015. File Photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

Pacific leaders: Climate will claim entire nations

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:56 PM

All that is left is decisive action from leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to save the world

RISING TIDES. The pristine waters which surround Tepuka Islet on Funafuti Atoll, 22 February 2004, are now threatening to engulf it as rising sea levels inundate many of the low islands. Photo by Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Pacific launches flab fight in world's fattest region

Jul 30, 2014 - 12:50 PM

In a region that was once legendary for its muscular warriors and lithe womenfolk Remengesau said he feared a generation of Pacific islanders had already been lost to such non communicable diseases

In this file photo, the President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau speaks in an event in Washington, DC, USA, 17 June 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Climate concerns aired as Pacific summit opens

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:41 AM

A summit of Pacific leaders opens in Palau with a call for developed nations to take action on climate change and stop overfishing the world s largest ocean

PACIFIC LEADERS MEET. Palau President Tommy Remengesau delivers a speech at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum,  a summit of Pacific leaders  in Palau on July 29, 2014. Photo by AFP/Richard W. Brooks

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Jul 27, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday July 29 amid fears rising seas will swamp their low lying nations

RISING TIDES. The pristine waters which surround Tepuka Islet on Funafuti Atoll, 22 February 2004, are now threatening to engulf it as rising sea levels inundate many of the low islands. Photo by Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Typhoon Yolanda: East Visayas signal no. 4

Nov 07, 2013 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED Typhoon intensifies speeds up still on course to hit the region; Landfall Friday morning over Guiuan Eastern Samar or Abuyog Leyte

Dangerous Yolanda heads for Visayas

Nov 07, 2013 - 11:51 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Yolanda is an extremely catastrophic super typhoon one of the planet s strongest most violent this year

Palau 'narrowly escapes' typhoon Pablo

Dec 03, 2012 - 8:56 AM

The island nation of Palau narrowly escaped the wrath of typhoon Pablo Bopha reports said Monday December 3 after it changed course at the last minute

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 7:00 a.m., 03 December 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

Tubbataha Reefs law wins int'l award

Sep 27, 2012 - 10:34 AM

The law protecting the world famous Tubbataha Reef National Park has been cited as one of the world s best practices in marine environment conservation

Image by Ron Van Oers/ Unesco