Category: Pacific & World News

The deadly ‘Aussie’ flu devastating Britain

The deadly ‘Aussie’ flu devastating Britain

FORGET the Ashes, Australia is causing even more pain to Britain with a virus that first occurred here causing havoc over there. THE Brits can’t get enough of Australian soap operas, pop stars and flat whites. But there’s currently one import they would rather do without — the potentially deadly so-called “Australian flu”. The UK […]

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Single-use non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, will be banned in Vanuatu from January 31, as the Government tries to control a growing plastic waste problem. Other countries around the world had made similar moves, but Vanuatu’s Government said it was going further than even its Pacific neighbours and aimed eventually to become […]

How one island nation is taming tourists

How one island nation is taming tourists

IN a world-first initiative, tourists hoping to visit the paradise archipelago of Palau will only be permitted to enter the country if they agree to one condition first. PALAU, an archipelago made up of some 200 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, has introduced a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering the country. […]

Florida sees first snow in 30 years

Florida sees first snow in 30 years

Florida’s capital has had its first snow in three decades as a freak winter storm hits the southeast states of the United States. A rare winter storm has hit the US southeast, bringing Florida’s capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a “bombogenesis” whopper forecast. Governors in […]

US hails $US285 million cut to United Nations budget

US hails $US285 million cut to United Nations budget

The United Nations’ budget is set to shrink by more than $US285 million next year — a 5 per cent cut that the US government says it negotiated. The UN General Assembly voted on Sunday to approve the nearly $US5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019. The Secretary-General’s office said the new budget included cuts […]

North Korea, US: Robert Neller warns of a war coming

North Korea, US: Robert Neller warns of a war coming

TWO top US Marine Corps leaders have sent an ominous warning to American troops to be prepared, saying the enemy is ‘watching you’. A TOP US Marine Corps general has sent an ominous warning to American troops stationed across the world to be prepared for a new war coming. Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller […]

120 dead after tropical storm hits Philippines

120 dead after tropical storm hits Philippines

At least 120 people are dead and more than 160 missing after a tropical storm devastated the southern Philippines, unleashing flash flooding and setting off landslides. Most of the deaths from tropical storm Tembin were in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur and on the Zamboanga Peninsula, according to an […]

Trump signs controversial $1.9 trillion tax bill

Trump signs controversial $1.9 trillion tax bill

THE legislation provides generous cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and smaller ones for the middle class and low-income families. US president Donald Trump has signed into law a USD $1.5 trillion (AUD $1.9 trillion) tax overhaul package. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before […]

Disease linked to hotel spa kills tourist

Disease linked to hotel spa kills tourist

A MAN has died and 26 others have fallen ill after an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease was linked to a hotel jacuzzi in a popular tourist spot. AN outbreak of legionnaires’ disease that killed a British tourist and left several others ill has been traced to a hotel jacuzzi in Majorca, Spain. Health chiefs investigating […]

US Senate approves deeply unpopular tax cut bill

US Senate approves deeply unpopular tax cut bill

The Republican-led US Senate has approved the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they say Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. US President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative […]

What does Christmas looks like in Uganda?

What does Christmas looks like in Uganda?

CHRISTMAS Day in rural Uganda is a big deal. Families steam traditional dishes in banana leaves. Kids skip and dance, sing, and play drums. People are happy, despite their poverty. It’s not about being comfortable in their situation. It’s about having a positive spirit,” said Ugandan-born Joseph Kamara. “Children don’t believe in Santa Claus, and […]

Brutal death of mother and son on island paradise

Brutal death of mother and son on island paradise

FRIENDS and family react with horror as an Australian woman and her son are slain in their supposedly safe Pacific island home. AN Australian woman and her young son have been stabbed to death in their home on a Pacific island paradise. Sarah Moses, 46, and her son Jack were killed in a pre-dawn attack […]

Woman viciously mauled to death by her own dogs

Woman viciously mauled to death by her own dogs

A FATHER went looking for his daughter after she didn’t return home from walking her pet dogs. What he found was a horrendously grisly scene. A woman has been mauled to death by her own beloved pet pit bulls as she took them for a walk — but her distraught pals say the pooches would […]

California wildfire, state’s third-largest on record

California wildfire, state’s third-largest on record

A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state’s third-largest on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly blaze since the beginning of the month. The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in Southern California coastal communities since […]

Pacific leaders call for strong global effort to reduce ocean plastics

Pacific leaders call for strong global effort to reduce ocean plastics

With the world’s oceans facing a future where they contain more plastic than fish within a few decades, an international summit in Kenya looked finding ways to stop that outcome as well as making commitments clean up the earth. While Pacific countries are responsible for just one per cent of the waste that’s found in […]