Latest Society Islands News

The Latest: Washington state vaccine mandate moves forward

Sep. 04, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Days after suing to block what is believed to be among the nation’s strictest COVID-19 employee vaccine mandates, Washington’s largest state labor union has announced a tentative agreement for Gov. Jay Inslee’s order for state workers. The...

Virus pummels French Polynesia, straining ties with Paris

Sep. 04, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

PAPEETE, Tahiti (AP) — France’s worst coronavirus outbreak is unfolding 12 time zones away from Paris, devastating Tahiti and other idyllic islands of French Polynesia. The South Pacific archipelagos lack enough oxygen, ICU beds and morgue space – and their...

Macron: France owes 'debt' to Polynesians over nuclear tests

Jul. 28, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has reasserted his nation's presence in the Pacific on a visit to French Polynesia, a trip aimed at countering growing Chinese dominance in the region. The trip was also designed to underline the French...

In French Polynesia, Macron tackles virus, China's ambitions

Jul. 25, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron is visiting French Polynesia to showcase France’s commitment to the region amid concerns about the impact of climate change on the Pacific island territory, the legacy of French nuclear testing on its atolls — and most of all,...