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Australia navy ship with infected crew offloads aid to Tonga

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian navy's largest ship docked at disaster-stricken Tonga on Wednesday and was allowed to unload humanitarian supplies in the South Pacific nation despite crew me...

Taiwan-Palau travel bubble busted, travel alert raised to Level 3 amid COVID surge

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau officially burst on Tuesday (Jan. 25) when the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) issued a Level 3 travel alert for Palau du...

Fisherman recalls racing tsunami, raining rocks after Tongan volcano erupted

Branko Sugar and his son were spearfishing on an outer reef in Tonga last Saturday. The air smelt of sulphur, as it had done for weeks, from the nearby active volcano, but he noticed the ash cloud fro...

Tonga: International aid arrival hampered by COVID

An Australian aid flight bound for Tonga was forced to return after a COVID-19 case was detected onboard, officials said on Friday. The South Pacific island nation, currently COVID-free, has a strict ...

Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising ...

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and s...

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by ...

Fishermen protest after eruption causes oil spill in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An oil spill on the Peruvian coast caused by the waves from an eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific nation of Tonga prompted dozens of fishermen to protest Tuesday ou...

Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite image...

Significant tsunami damage feared in Tonga, communications still cut

Tsunami-hit Tonga remained largely uncontactable on Sunday with telephone and internet links severed, leaving relatives in faraway New Zealand praying for their families on the Pacific islands as casu...

Military flights sent to assess damage from Pacific volcano

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific i...

Concerns mount for Tonga after tsunami triggered by underwater volcano

Pacific nations and humanitarian groups struggled to establish communications with Tonga on Sunday after a tsunami triggered by a massive volcanic eruption cut telephone and internet connections, rais...

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Rise of Rail Along China’s Belt and Road Stimulates the Maritime Freight Market and Local Economies

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 January 2022 - The Belt and Road Initiative, announced in 2013, represents China's most ambitious effort yet to strengthen its physical connectivity to the world. A...

'Golden passports': EU looks to suspend Vanuatu from visa-free travel list

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed suspending visa-free travel between the bloc and the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The move, which would be a global first, is aimed at curbing the pra...

Marco Polo Marine Ventures Into Green Ship Recycling

Committed to support the environmental sustainability of the shipping ecosystemSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 5 January 2022 - Marco Polo Marine Ltd. (SGX:5LY) a reputable regional integrated marine lo...