South Pacific - updates

Rappler's latest stories on South Pacific


French Polynesia has first confirmed coronavirus case in South Pacific

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:01 PM

There have been 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US state of Hawaii, but none others reported on Pacific islands

Meghan takes spotlight amid royal fever in Fiji

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Meghan sends adoring Fijians into a frenzy, taking the center stage from husband Prince Harry to passionately promote women's rights

This handout from the Fijian Government taken and released on October 24, 2018 shows Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (C) touring the municipal market in Suva. British royal Meghan Markle recounted her own struggles to afford university as she passionately promoted female education to Fijian students in her first speech of the Oceania royal tour on October 24. Handout / FIJIAN GOVERNMENT / AFP

ICTSI makes move into Papua New Guinea

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The listed port operator enters the Oceania market as its subsidiaries sign deals to run international ports in Motukea and Lae

FRESH NICHE. ICTSI says its subsidiaries signed two 25-year agreements with state-owned PNG Ports Corporation Limited to operate international ports in Motukea and Lae. File photo

German liner rescues 6 from sinking Tongan boat

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Their fishing boat had been taking on water and was unlikely to remain afloat for more than 24 hours The crew had also run out of drinking water They had been in a truly life threatening situation

Pacific leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:34 PM

It s not the best outcome that we would have liked says Kiribati President Anote Tong at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat

'AGREE TO DISAGREE.' A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. File photo by Mick Tsikas/EPA

Phivolcs: No tsunami threat in PH after Indonesia quake

Nov 15, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum urges Filipinos not to panic as the earthquake will not affect the country

A shake map released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on November 15 2014 shows the location and intensity of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake 154km North-West of Kota Ternate, in the Northern Molucca Sea, Indonesia.

7.1-quake in Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

Nov 15, 2014 - 11:07 AM

3rd UPDATE There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage

Japanese fans say local-hero Godzilla too fat

May 03, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Japanese fans say their hero was looking a little chubby

KING OF MONSTERS. The iconic monster is back on the big screen. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Picture

14 dead in northwest Thailand road accident

Apr 30, 2014 - 4:03 PM

Thailand s roads are among the world s deadliest and accidents are common

Australia police seize huge cocaine haul in Pacific

Aug 23, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Australian police said they had seized 750 kilograms 1 650 pounds of cocaine in Vanuatu

No escape from domestic politics for Clinton in Asia

Sep 03, 2012 - 11:36 AM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is missing the Democratic Party convention to build ties in Asia as the US relationship with China increasingly encroaches on politics back home

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands, August 31, 2012. State Department photo by Ola Thorsen/ Public Domain

Clinton says South Pacific big enough for US and China

Sep 01, 2012 - 10:48 AM

As both the U S and China step up their involvement in the South Pacific American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there was room in region for both countries