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Amid rising seas, island nations push for legal protection

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When and if an island nation fully submerges due to rising seas, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? This and other related questions are being considered by island nations advocating for changes to international law as climate change threatens their existence. “Climate change induced sea level rise is a defining issue for many Pacific Island states and like most...

‘We have let this drift’: U.S says further work to do after signing Pacific Islands partnership

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The United States has conceded it let its relationship with Pacific Island nations “drift” before reaching an historic new partnership agreement with the region. U.S President Joe Biden hosted a dozen Pacific Island leaders in Washington amid increasing U.S concern about China's growing influence. The U.S secured the support of all of those attending for a joint declaration, setting out 11...

China’s warning to United States over Pacific islands

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China has told the United States to stop engaging in “geopolitical jostling” after Washington announced an enhanced partnership with Pacific island nations. President Joe Biden last week hosted the inaugural U.S-Pacific Island Country Summit “a worsening climate crisis and an increasingly complex geopolitical environment”. Biden also signed the U.S-Pacific Partnership alongside the leaders of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,...

Blinken’s meets with the Marshall Islands President, FSM President and Palau President

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U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with the Marshall Islands President David Kabua, the Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo, and Palau President Surangel Whipps, Jr, in Washington DC. The Secretary underscored the enduring nature of the relationship between the United States and the three countries, collectively known as the Freely Associated States (FAS), along with the...

PNG Immigration Minister Kramer welcomes Leadership tribunal to suspend him from office

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Madang Open MP Bryan Kramer has welcomed the decision of the Leadership Tribunal to suspend him from office and vowed to prove his innocence at the tribunal hearing. In a statement, he maintained that the allegations made against him in his Leadership Tribunal are unfounded and baseless. The leadership tribunal is the only place to clear his name, without pre-empting the...

ADB approves US$3.8 million support for development of coral reef insurance

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) this week approved $3.8 million to support the restoration, conservation, and management of coral reefs in four countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The project, financed by the Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will develop climate risk financing and insurance solutions to protect coral reef ecosystems in Fiji,...

The U.S pivot towards Pacific regionalism

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By Michael Walsh President Joe Biden has released the United States’ Pacific partnership strategy. Although it bears some resemblance to the Pacific engagement strategy that was drafted by the Asia–Pacific Security Affairs Subcommittee of the Biden Defense Working Group, this strategy is a separate document that arose through a completely independent drafting process. Nevertheless, it fulfills part of the vision...

Captains ready for record-breaking Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

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Captains of all 12 nations competing at Rugby World Cup 2021 gathered at the world-famous Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday as anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of kick-off on 8 October. Eden Park has twice hosted previous men’s Rugby World Cup finals in 1987 and 2011, and a record-breaking women’s rugby attendance will witness the opening day of action...

RFL’s Ralph Rimmer in grovelling apology over footage of him mocking Fiji squad

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Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer has been forced to make a grovelling apology to the Fijian squad after video footage emerged of him mocking them at an awards dinner. Rimmer is caught on camera discussing the upcoming World Cup in England, when he questions if any Fijian player “has been arrested yet?” Rimmer made the inappropriate remarks in front...

Panthers masterclass delivers back-to-back premierships

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The Penrith Panthers have converted three years of dominance into back-to-back premierships with a clinical 28-12 dismantling of Parramatta in Sunday night's NRL Grand Final. With Clive Churchill Medalist Dylan Edwards (281 metres), Brian To'o (299 metres) and Nathan Cleary delivering command performances on the game's biggest stage, the Panthers became the first team since the Roosters in 2018-19 to...

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