Category: Pacific & World News

Samoan village ban on Chinese shop

Samoan village ban on Chinese shop

A Samoan council has banned a Chinese national from opening a store in the village of Moata’a. James Zhuang, a young Chinese businessman, invested 70 thousand dollars in renovating and stocking the store in the village, but the council stepped in and halted the opening. Paramount chief, Asi Blakelock, says there is a long standing […]

A nervous Guam prays for peace as North Korea threatens to hit the island

A nervous Guam prays for peace as North Korea threatens to hit the island

THE Catholic faithful in Guam led prayers for peace on Sunday in the shadow of North Korean missile threat, with the western Pacific island’s archbishop appealing for “prudence” amid an escalating war of words between the US and Pyongyang. The largely Catholic territory should pray for a “just resolution of differences, and prudence in both […]

Trump’s North Korea threats are just empty words

Trump’s North Korea threats are just empty words

DONALD Trump might talk tough when it comes to North Korea, but the reality is the US President has few options when it comes to stopping the rogue state. That is the damning assessment by experts and analysts who warn there is actually no viable military option available to the US President. In fact, they […]

Guam shrugs off Pyongyang’s threats of August military strike

Guam shrugs off Pyongyang’s threats of August military strike

With all the sabre-rattling of North Korea and the prospect of the waters off Guam becoming a new testing ground for its intermediate-range missiles, the people of this tiny US-Pacific territory seem to be taking things in their stride. There were no signs of panic or an exodus from the island of 163,000 people on […]

Donald Trump’s nuke claims don’t add up

Donald Trump’s nuke claims don’t add up

DONALD Trump claims he has renovated and modernised the country’s nuclear arsenal, but experts say he’s stretching the truth. Bigly. In an overnight Twitter post the President of the United States issued a veiled warning to North Korea over threats made against the US. Mr Trump tweeted his first order as President was the make […]

North Korea threatens to ‘blow US from planet’

North Korea threatens to ‘blow US from planet’

NORTH Korea has doubled down on its threat to annihilate the US, pledging to use its young people to “blow the US from this planet”. Pyongyang City Youth League Committee first secretary Mun Chol vowed during the rally that “the young people in the country would become five million human bullets and bombs and nuclear […]

Qatar goes visa-free for 80 nations

Qatar goes visa-free for 80 nations

Qatar will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, with immediate effect. The countries include the UK, the USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Seychelles, Australia and New Zealand. Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Qatar will not need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge […]

Guam panics over North Korean threat

Guam panics over North Korean threat

After the US President threatened “fire and fury” against the reclusive state, Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom revealed it is considering detailed plans to aim a missile at the Western Pacific island. Residents of the 550 square-kilometre territory, home to several US military bases, turned on Mr Trump as they contemplated the dire warning from North […]

Trump threatens ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea

Trump threatens ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has issued an apocalyptic warning of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” after reports North Korea has produced a missile-ready nuke. US officials reportedly said the Pyongyang regime has successfully produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. If true, the development means the rogue […]

United States willing to start dialogue with North Korea

United States willing to start dialogue with North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has held a door open for dialogue with North Korea, saying Washington is willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halts its missile test launches. “The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.” There was […]

North Korea vows revenge over sanctions

North Korea vows revenge over sanctions

NORTH Korea says it will launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States over the adoption of tough U.N. sanctions imposed after its intercontinental ballistic launches. Pyongyang’s statement said the sanctions were caused by a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” North Korea. It says the U.N. sanctions will never force the country to negotiate […]

Washington formally tells UN of Paris agreement withdrawal

Washington formally tells UN of Paris agreement withdrawal

The Trump administration has officially told the United Nations the US intends to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement. President Donald Trump announced in June the US would leave the pact, and now Washington has formally communicated this to the UN. The US State Department described its communication with the UN as a […]

Record cocaine haul bound for Australia seized in South Pacific

Record cocaine haul bound for Australia seized in South Pacific

A MASSIVE cocaine haul bound for Australia has been intercepted by the French Navy in the South Pacific before hitting our shores. The record-breaking 1.464 tonnes of the drug was seized near New Caledonia just last week on July 27, after authorities discovered the stash hidden in the hull of a yacht. Four crew on […]

Group red-faced over bus photo

Group red-faced over bus photo

AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION group in Norway is being mocked by social media users after they mistook empty bus seats for Muslim women wearing burqas. The image of the bus carriage showing six empty seats was posted to the closed group Fedrelandet Viktigst, which translates to “Fatherland First”. The post was shared with the group’s almost 13,000 […]

White House Communications boss sacked just 11days in office

White House Communications boss sacked just 11days in office

DONALD Trump’s communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been sensationally dumped from the White House after just 11 days in the job. Mr Scaramucci had ignited an “all out- civil war” inside the West Wing during his short but tumultuous stint, waging a crusade against leakers and publicly unleashing on his colleagues. He even claimed the […]