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Memphis woman cremated in Fiji, husband charged with murder

Jul. 28, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of a Tennessee pharmacist who died on her honeymoon in Fiji decided to cremate her in the South Pacific nation rather than bring her home because her body was badly damaged, a lawyer representing the family said Thursday. Christe Chen, 36,...

Pacific island national leaders declare climate emergency

Jul. 15, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Pacific island national leaders declared a climate emergency on Friday and agreed to try to bring Kiribati back to the region’s main diplomatic grouping. Kiribati announced it had withdrawn from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum ahead of a leaders’ summit in...

Solomons leader: Chinese base would make his people targets

Jul. 14, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said Thursday that his country’s new security pact with Beijing would not allow China to build a military base on the South Pacific nation and make his citizens “targets for potential military strikes.” ...

Harris vows US will strengthen its Pacific islands relations

Jul. 13, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Pacific island leaders of more U.S. engagement after acknowledging Wednesday the United States may not have previously provided the diplomatic attention the region deserved. Harris’ virtual address to the Pacific Islands...

US Vice President Harris to announce investments in Pacific

Jul. 12, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will announce new investments in the Pacific and the opening of two embassies when she addresses a summit on Wednesday of island nations that are increasingly coming under Chinese influence. Harris will speak virtually at...

Australia, New Zealand say Pacific must discuss China

Jul. 08, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand’s prime ministers agreed Friday that the security implications of China’s burgeoning influence must be discussed at a meeting of western Pacific leaders next week. The neighboring countries are the wealthiest in the 18-member...

US wins case to seize Russian superyacht in Fiji, sails away

Jun. 07, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States won a legal battle on Tuesday to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the $325 million vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation. The court ruling represented a significant...

Chinese foreign minister's Pacific tour continues in Vanuatu

Jun. 01, 2022 00:49 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Vanuatu on Wednesday for talks as he continued his regional island-hopping tour two days after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations. While Wang didn’t manage to get consensus on...

China's foreign minister arrives in Tonga on Pacific tour

May. 31, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tonga on Tuesday as he continued his regional island-hopping tour a day after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations. While Wang didn't manage to get consensus on the multilateral...

Not just any cake: A Bollywood homage to queen for Jubilee

May. 31, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Ajay Chhabra was asked to design a pageant performance to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, he knew what would make the perfect centerpiece: cake. Not just any cake, but Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding cake. The four-tier, nine-foot...