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Regional News

Opposition senator set to be Duterte’s ‘first political prisoner’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Sen. Leila de Lima considers herself the first political prisoner under the Duterte administration, according to Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, a human rights lawyer who chairs the Free Legal Aid Group or FLAG.

Dramatic rescue of Kiribati teen, three men drifting in central Pacific

MAJURO — A helicopter pilot searching for schools of tuna spotted two small boats drifting in Marshall Islands waters, leading to the dramatic rescue of four islanders who had floated hundreds of miles from Kiribati.

American Samoa cannery pushes case for federal government protection

PAGO PAGO (RNZI/Pacnews) — The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has heard a strong case from the American Samoa cannery, Starkist Samoa, for federal government protection from foreign competition.

Oregon islander group continues to see legislative progress

MAJURO — The Oregon State Legislature this week adopted legislation to allow islanders from the Freely Associated States or FAS in the north Pacific to take jobs as law enforcement officers, the latest in a series of legislative initiatives that has branded Oregon’s legislature as the most islander-friendly legislative body in the United States.

The island of the dolphin girls and Micronesia’s traditional diet

LOCAL resident Rufina Angui says it may take a while to prepare local food, but it is mostly organic and healthier compared to other dishes.

Former American Samoa congressman passes away

PAGO PAGO (Samoa News/RNZI) — Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, American Samoa’s longest serving delegate to the U.S House of Representatives, passed away at his home in Provo, Utah, according to a family member, speaking on behalf of Faleomavaega’s widow, Hinanui Hunkin.

Philippine official admits naturalization try, but insists he isn’t US citizen

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — While insisting that he never became an America citizen, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. admitted on Wednesday that he had applied for “naturalization” and that he took an allegiance to the United States when he also applied for legal permanent residency.

Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in airport murder

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysian police on Wednesday named a senior official in North Korea’s embassy and a staffer at its state airline, who are wanted for questioning over the murder last week of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader.

China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles: US officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

English teacher pleads guilty in Japan financial fraud case

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who taught English at a well-known chain of foreign language schools in Japan pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding his students out of more than $230,000.