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'Desperate' Fiji eyes virus-free tourism bubble

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Without streams of international travelers flocking to their palm-fringed shores, tens of thousands of Fijians are left without work

This photo taken on November 20, 2019 shows a beach at a resort at Natadola Bay in Fiji. - Tourism-reliant Fiji on June 2020 has proposed a "travel bubble" to welcome visitors from virus-free countries, as the South Pacific holiday hotspot desperately tries to revive its stalled economy. (Photo by AILEEN TORRES-BENNETT / AFP. / AFP)

Virus-hit Fiji Airways cuts workforce by half

May 25, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Fiji Airways lays off 758 staff, while those remaining would face a permanent pay cut of 20%

FIJI AIRWAYS. A Fiji Airways plane moments before landing in California. Photo from Shutterstock

Pacific clean-up after homes 'blown to smithereens' by superstorm

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The cyclone careens through the South Pacific, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD. This handout photo taken and released by the Tonga Police on April 9, 2020 shows damage to a tourist resort caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold in the Hihifo coastal area. Handout photo by Tonga Police/AFP

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

Panic buying in Fiji as first coronavirus case confirmed

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:22 AM

Pacific nations are particularly vulnerable to viral outbreaks because of their geographic isolation and under-resourced health infrastructure

PARADISE. Melanesian children float on a bamboo pontoon by Wicked Walu Island on the resort-studded Coral Coast of Fiji, 11 November 2003. Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP

2 missing, 3,000 in shelters as Cyclone Tino hits Fiji

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The Pacific kingdom is still recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Gina two years ago which caused widespread devastation, destroying houses and crops

EU expands tax blacklist to 15 countries, including UAE

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.

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Strong undersea earthquake off Fiji, but no tsunami

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the tremor which occurred at 4:25 am Manila time

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to the polls

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Preliminary results will be released later Wednesday, November 14 but an election winner will not be known for 4 or 5 days as votes trickle in from polling stations on the archipelago's more remote islands

ELECTIONS. People arrive to vote in the general election in Suva on November 14, 2018. Long queues formed on November 14 as polling opened in Fiji for the Pacific island nation's second election since a 2006 military coup. Photo by Ivamere Rokovesa/AFP

Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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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

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Strong earthquake hits off Fiji, no tsunami threat

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The government's Seismology Unit says the earthquake 'does not pose any immediate threat to the Fiji region due to its deep depth'

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At least 4 dead as Cyclone Josie hits Fiji

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Much of the main tourist town of Nadi is underwater as Josie, with wind gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph), causes widespread flooding before moving away from the island group

Postgame thoughts: Azkals 3, Fiji 2; More questions than answers

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The tuneup to Tuesday's (March 27) big qualifier was a mixed bag for Azkals fans

MAN OF THE MATCH. Misagh Bahadoran gets past Fiji defender Dave Radrigai to bring up the ball for the Azkals' offense. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation.

Azkals survive late scare in friendly win over Fiji

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:28 PM

This friendly will prepare the Azkals for Tuesday's match AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

FRIENDLY. The Azkals warm up for their AFC Asian Cup Qualifier with a friendly against Fiji. Photo by the Philippine Football Federation

Azkals get ready for huge qualifier against Tajikistan

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What you need to know about the run-up to the Philippines' colossal AFC Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday, March 27

HOPING FOR HISTORY. James Younghusband and Dennis Villanueva fight for possession in training. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH to host international friendly match with Fiji

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This will be the second time the Azkals will play against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation

TUNE-UP. The friendly serves a tune-up game for the Azkals' AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan. Photo from the PFF

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

International aid begins trickling in to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escapes the worst of the storm's fury

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received from John Pulu from Tagata Pasifika on February 13, 2018 shows flooding and damage in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit the country. John Pulu / Tagata Pasifika/AFP

PH is 3rd happiest country, says 2017 Gallup International poll

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The Philippines is behind Fiji and Colombia in the Happiness Index of the 41st annual Global End of Year Survey, which spanned 55 countries in 2017

Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

UN climate talks open in Bonn

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Climate negotiators meet in Bonn, wondering to what extent US President Donald Trump will make their jobs more difficult.

PRESIDER. In this file photo, Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP 23 President Designate, speaks during a COP23-related meeting in Germany, May 18, 2017. COP23 photo

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Satu suporter timnas meninggal karena terkena petasan

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:16 PM

PSSI mengecam keras aksi pelemparan petasan di dalam stadion

FLARE. Contoh flare yang dibawa masuk penonton ke dalam stadion. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @agishidayat_

Bermain imbang 0-0, Indonesia selalu seri melawan Fiji

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Para pemain utama yang dipanggil tak memberi jaminan kemenangan

KALAHKAN VIETNAM. Pesepak bola Indonesia melakukan selebrasi usai mengalahkan Vietnam 2-1 pada semi final putaran pertama AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 di Stadion Pakansari, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, pada 3 Desember. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A/ANTARA

Indonesia vs Fiji: Agenda amankan ranking FIFA

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Publik sudah cukup lama tidak menikmati pesta gol Garuda Ini saat yang tepat

Pemain Timnas Indonesia U-22 Ezra Walian berebut bola dengan pemain Timnas Vietnam di Stadion Majlis Perbandaran Selayang, Malaysia, Selasa (22/8). FOTO oleh Wahyu Putro/ANTARA

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Inclusivity to guide Fiji's presidency in COP23 climate talks

May 23, 2017 - 10:45 PM

As president of the COP23 Fiji aims to have an inclusive participatory transparent climate conference in November in Bonn Germany

COP23 PRESIDENT. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama known commonly as Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Germany, Fiji push for continued cooperation in climate talks

May 23, 2017 - 10:25 PM

As the uncertainty over the US participation in climate talks looms large the organizers of the upcoming Bonn climate conference encourage countries to soldier on towards implementing the Paris Agreement

CLIMATE FORUM. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) delivers her speech on May 23, 2017 in Berlin at the Petersberg Climate VIII Dialogue event. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Strong 6.1 earthquake off coast of Fiji

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The quake was centered 152 kilometers southwest of Nadi and 238 kilometers from the capital Suva at a depth of 10 kilometers

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes south of Fiji Islands

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The USGS says the quake struck at a depth of 549 kilometers at around 9:14 pm Manila time

Powerful quakes strike off Fiji, Tonga, but no tsunami risk

Sep 25, 2016 - 7:43 AM

The USGS says there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage

Emotional Fiji hammer Britain for historic rugby gold

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau leads the defending Sevens World Series champions as they win the first Olympic rugby competition in 92 years

HISTORIC. Team Fiji gather after beating Great Britain and winning the gold medal during the men's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match between Fiji and Great Britain at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Fiji envoy elected UN General Assembly chief

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:06 AM

It is the first time a representative from the Pacific island states was chosen for the largely honorific post in the UN s 71 year history

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Peter Thomson addresses the Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, June 13, 2016. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

Apr 21, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The world s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

Fiji 'spared' as cyclone weakens

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The Pacific nation avoids a direct hit from Tropical Cyclone Zena; the storm weakens as it moves offshore

On April 5, 2016 at 02:40 UTC (April 4 at 10:35 pm EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the newborn Tropical Cyclone 18P in the Southern Pacific Ocean west of Vanuatu. Credits: NASA/NRL

Fiji residents ordered to stay inside as cyclone looms

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:41 AM

UPDATED Fiji battens down for another tropical cyclone just weeks after the most powerful storm in the Pacific nation s history left 44 people dead and crippled infrastructure

On April 5, 2016 at 02:40 UTC (April 4 at 10:35 pm EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the newborn Tropical Cyclone 18P in the Southern Pacific Ocean west of Vanuatu. Credits: NASA/NRL

Indonesia ingin tingkatkan kerjasama dengan negara-negara Pasifik Selatan

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Indonesia ingin bekerjasama dengan Fiji di bidang ekonomi perikanan pertanian budaya dan militer

Jokowi menerima kehormatan saat berkunjung ke Papua. Foto oleh EPA/STR

Red Cross says more funds needed in wake of Fiji super cyclone

Mar 31, 2016 - 12:35 PM

The charity said Fiji still faced a huge rebuilding task in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Winston – the most powerful storm in its history – which lashed the country on February 20

A handout imaged obtained on February 21, 2016 shows scenes of Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Ba, Fiji. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on February 20. Naziah Ali/Handout/EPA

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

Aid finally getting to Fiji cyclone victims

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:53 AM

The government which has declared a 30 day state of natural disaster says the storm was a costly blow for Fiji

AID, FINALLY. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji, 23 February 2016. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

Fiji cyclone highlights urgency in ratifying Paris climate deal – group

Feb 24, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Climate Vulnerable Forum: This is another painful reminder of why global action on climate change is so urgent and vital

FLATTENED. A handout imaged obtained o February 21, 2016 shows scenes of Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Ba, Fiji. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on February 20, 2016. Naziah Ali / Handout/EPA

Scramble to reach Fiji cyclone victims as toll hits 36

Feb 24, 2016 - 10:05 AM

While humanitarian aid is pouring into the main island Viti Levu some of the worst hit villages are remote islands that relief workers have not yet been able to reach

DESTROYED. A handout image provided by the New Zealand Defence Force on February 23, 2016 shows damage to homes and land in Muamua on Vanua Balavu Island after tropical cyclone Winston hit parts of Fiji,  February 22, 2016. NZ Defence Force/Handout/EPA

Cyclone death toll hits 29 as Fiji eyes long clean-up

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:59 AM

As aid efforts intensify communications are established with some of the worst hit remote communities revealing the scale of the disaster

AFTERMATH. A handout imaged obtained on 21 February 2016 shows scenes of Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Ba, Fiji. Naziah Ali / Handout/EPA

Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after 'strongest ever' cyclone

Feb 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED It is being described as one of the most powerful in recorded history as a nation we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says

DEADLY STORM. On February 19, 2016, at 01:15 UTC, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean. Credits: NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA

Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:09 PM

One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as a monster cyclone and the strongest Fiji has ever experienced

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo

Fiji leader says Pacific 'doomed' if climate talks fail

Oct 29, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the UN sponsored COP 21 talks appears set to become an excuse for wealthy nations to pay lip service to climate change without taking meaningful steps to address it

A high tide energized by storm surges washes across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands on March 3, 2014. Giff Johnson/AFP

Dozens feared dead in Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Though the full extent of the damage is unknown UN officials say damage is worse than what was expected

DAMAGED. This handout photo taken and received on March 14, 2015 by UNICEF Pacific shows storm damage to boats caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. The huge tropical cyclone smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific, terrifying residents and leaving "complete devastation" with fears on March 14 that dozens of people may have died.

Vanuatu braces for destructive cyclone Pam

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Tropical Cyclone Pam is intensifying as it approaches land and is set to become a maximum Category 5 system

The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

PH among nations with highest dengue incidence in W. Pacific

Feb 19, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Globally the World Health Organization says the needed investment target to sustain vector control is an average of 510 million per year from 2015 to 2030