Category: Pacific & World News

Defector says sanctions will cripple North Korea

Defector says sanctions will cripple North Korea

A HIGH-RANKING former member of the North Korean government says the harsh economic sanctions imposed on the country could be enough to wipe it out within 12 months. Ri Jong-ho, a former economic official appointed by Kim Jong-un’s father and predecessor Kim Jong-il, says the United Nations’ trade restrictions are so strong that it could […]

Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next Prime Minister

LABOUR leader Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next Prime Minister after winning the support of a minor party to claim a majority in parliament. Veteran MP Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, announced he was backing Labour live in a long-awaited television announcement on Thursday afternoon. The support of his nine MP’s […]

Attenborough urges global action to reduce plastic in oceans

Attenborough urges global action to reduce plastic in oceans

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has called for global action to reduce the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans, after seeing the damage first hand while filming a new documentary series. The 91-year-old broadcaster made the comments at the launch of a new TV series Blue Planet II in London, which premieres later this month. […]

North Korea threatens Australia for aligning with US

North Korea threatens Australia for aligning with US

Pyongyang has released a statement warning Australia not to align itself with the US, after Julie Bishop and Marise Payne visited the demilitarised zone. North Korea has criticised and threatened Australia for aligning itself with South Korea and the United States and for its attitude toward the Pyongyang regime, according to state-run media. “Lately, Australia […]

Thousands more flee California wildfires

Thousands more flee California wildfires

Firefighters, including teams from Australia, are making some progress against the wildfires ravaging northern California but the winds are gusting again. Thousands more Californians have evacuated their homes with constantly shifting winds pushing the fierce wildfires as officials expected the official death toll of 35 from the week of fires to rise. Sixteen major wildfires, […]

Fires kill 17 in California wine country

Fires kill 17 in California wine country

At least 17 lives have been lost and some 1500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed by wildfires raging in northern California. Fast-moving wildfires raging across Northern California’s wine country have killed 17 people, left about 150 missing and destroyed 1,500 homes, wineries and other structures. The flames from 17 major blazes have blackened […]

100 missing in California ‘Armageddon’

100 missing in California ‘Armageddon’

AT least 10 people are dead after more than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country. Authorities said the blaze destroyed 1500 homes and businesses, sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighbourhoods. The Northern California county of Sonoma has revealed it has […]

Las Vegas shooting will inspire copycats

Las Vegas shooting will inspire copycats

THE world can expect more attempts to shoot at crowds and it won’t just be music festivals that will be targeted, chilling prediction warns. THE Las Vegas shooting massacre will inspire other copycat attacks and any crowded event is now a potential target, a chilling new prediction reveals. Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 […]

China puts deadline on North Korea

China puts deadline on North Korea

CHINA says North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies United Nation sanctions imposed after Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test. The commerce ministry said on Thursday that the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the UN resolution was […]

Bali Governor wants volcano warnings lifted as thousands cancel travel

Bali Governor wants volcano warnings lifted as thousands cancel travel

The Mount Agung volcano is mother nature at its finest, and at its most menacing. As volcano scientists, or volcanologists as they are known, work day and night to predict what the great natural beast will do, the holiday island is being disrupted. An increasingly active volcano in Bali is bad news, even without an […]

Gunman Stephen Paddock had 19 guns inside his hotel room

Gunman Stephen Paddock had 19 guns inside his hotel room

POLICE have admittedly hit an obstacle in searching for clues to Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock’s massacre that has shocked the world. POLICE have recovered explosives and a huge ammunitions cache from the house of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, as they upped the death toll from his attack to 59. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said […]

Las Vegas Shooting ‘worst’ in US history

Las Vegas Shooting ‘worst’ in US history

LAS Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had a stockpile of 10 weapons in his hotel room before carrying out America’s deadliest mass shooting, as the first victims of the tragedy were revealed. The heavily-armed 64-year-old killed at least 58 and injured 515 as he unleashed thousands of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay […]

20 dead, scores injured in Las Vegas Strip mass shooting

20 dead, scores injured in Las Vegas Strip mass shooting

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured in a shooting rampage at an outdoor music festival on Las Vegas’ famous entertainment strip. Police locked down parts of the entertainment strip, with reports a high-powered weapon was fired at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and […]

Trump tells Rex Tillerson he’s ‘wasting his time on North Korea

Trump tells Rex Tillerson he’s ‘wasting his time on North Korea

US President Donald Trump says he has told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to waste his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This was the first time the Trump administration had acknowledged it was in direct communication with Pyongyang. The disclosure came as Mr Tillerson — the Trump administration’s top […]

Exodus from Bali volcano nears 100,000

Exodus from Bali volcano nears 100,000

More than 96,000 people have fled their homes near Bali’s Mount Agung volcano. The exodus from a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Wednesday that more than 96,000 people have fled the […]