Taiwan invites Solomon Islands leadership to visit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday (June 6) the government has invited the leadership of the Solomon Islands to visit Taiwan after the Paci...

UN leader travels to Pacific to see climate change firsthand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he's traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change firsthand. Speak...

UN leader arrives in New Zealand on climate change trip

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in New Zealand as part of a trip to the South Pacific to highlight the issue of climate change. Gut...

China is buying allies in the Pacific, says Australian scholar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Australian Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University Clive Hamilton recently told the Liberty Times that China is buying political allies in the Pacific regio...

Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name. Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on t...

How Japan's Akihito redefined the role of emperor

This Monday in Japan, a new era will be named to replace the "Heisei" era of Japan's Emperor Akihito. His reign will officially end on April 30, and talks have been going on for months o...

Tsai: Taiwan to play even stronger role in gender equality in Pacific islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan will play an even stronger part in the promotion of gender equality in the Pacific islands, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told an international women’s conference in...

Tsai Ing-wen to re-register as Taiwan presidential candidate prior to diplomatic trip

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Just hours after the former premier William Lai (賴清德) announced he would enter the 2020 presidential race, President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed she will register for re-electi...

'Stand together,' urges New Zealand's human rights commissioner

New Zealand's Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt urged "Kiwis to stand together" Friday as the toll from a gunman's apparent racist attack on two mosques mounted in the South ...

World Rugby outlines World League proposal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — World Rugby has released an outline of the contentious 12-team World League it plans to launch in 2022 in an effort to quell concerns that the tournament will overtax in...

Japan's Sunwolves show they fit in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The history of Super Rugby has clearly shown that new teams joining the competition face a long, hard initiation. The Perth-based Western Force came al...

Beaumont calls meeting amid controversial World League plans

LONDON (AP) — World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has called a meeting to discuss the future of the international game amid controversy over plans for a World League. Representatives ...

PI players mulling RWC boycott over world league exclusion

LONDON (AP) — Members of a Pacific Island players' support group in Europe are considering boycotting the Rugby World Cup in response to plans for a new world league that excludes Fiji, Samoa, and Ton...

Taiwan's Pacific allies propose Taipei and Beijing receive equal diplomatic recognition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A change may be in order regarding diplomatic relations between Micronesian nations and China, as five Micronesian nations have issued a joint communique, which calls for ...

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer...