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Philippine water shortage forces cuts for 6.8 million people

MANILA (AP) — About 6.8 million people have been affected by a water shortage in and around the Philippine capital, with long lines forming for rationed water and businesses and some hospitals struggling to cope after faucets ran dry.

NZ gun shop says Christchurch shooter bought weapons online, calls for gun law reforms

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) — The owner of a New Zealand gun store said on Monday the man charged with murder in Christchurch’s mass shooting had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the mosque shootings.

Philippines hopes Islamist group ‘neutralized’ after de facto leader killed

MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine military believes it may have “neutralized” the remnants of an alliance of pro-Islamic State extremists, after the suspected death of the group’s de facto leader during clashes last week.

New archaeological research project in Pohnpei

KASELEHLIE Press has reported that in February, “a team of Japanese archaeologists has started a four-year archaeological research project in Pohnpei in collaboration with the Pohnpei State Historic Preservation Office.”

New US ambassador to Australia attacks Chinese influence in Pacific

CANBERRA (The Guardian/Pacnews) — Navigating China’s ever expanding influence, while decoding Donald Trump for a somewhat bemused and cynical audience, could be considered a big ask for a self-described “farm boy from Tennessee.

FSM Congress holds special session

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — From March 8 to 14, 2019, the 20th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia held its seventh special session. What follows are a few highlighted outcomes that may be of particular interest to the public.

Marshall Islands: ‘Disappointed in EU blacklisting

MAJURO — The Marshall Islands government responded with disappointment over the latest tax blacklisting by the European Union — the second time the country has been blacklisted in 15 months.

Latest updates from Vital FSM Petroleum

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — The Vital Group, comprised of the Vital FSM Petroleum Corporation, which operates in all four of the FSM states, and its affiliate, Vital Energy Inc., which has operations out of Nauru and Guam, hasn’t slowed down in its nonstop service to the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia .