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Regional News

South Korea’s Park goes home after 14-hour interrogation in graft probe

SEOUL (Reuters) — Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left prosecutors’ offices early on Wednesday after being questioned in an investigation into a corruption scandal that ended her presidency this month.

Japanese navy boosts overseas force projection capability with second big helicopter carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia.

Contrast in style as Duterte meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Regional politics makes for strange bedfellows, and at first glance, it is hard to imagine more of an odd couple than tempestuous Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his cerebral de facto Myanmar counterpart, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who met Monday in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw.

US: North Korean missile launch fails

SEOUL (Reuters) — A North Korean missile launch failed on Wednesday, with the rocket exploding within seconds, the U.S. military said, the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests to rattle its neighbors and raise tension in the region.

Palau Senate panel supports tourist fee repeal

KOROR (Pacific Note/Pacnews) — President Tommy Remengesau and the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the Palau National Congress seem headed on a collision course over the Environmental Impact Fee or EIF.

Reliability and safety linked to prices of petroleum products in the Pacific

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Community) — The petroleum sector of the Pacific Island countries and territories is an estimated $6 billion industry.

Pacific Islands Forum and China dialogue on partnerships for sustainable development

SUVA, Fiji (Press Release) — Strengthening relations and exploring future partnerships for sustainable development between Forum island countries and China, are the focus of a visit this week by a Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat delegation led by the secretary general, Meg Taylor.

Trump’s proposed budget to adversely affect American Samoa

PAGO PAGO (Samoa News/Pacnews) — Several federally funded programs that President Donald J. Trump is proposing to defund or reduce for the new fiscal year 2018 — which commences Oct. 1, 2017 — will impact American Samoa.

Food security and conservation

MANY islanders like to catch groupers, wahoo, jacks, rabbitfish, parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse, red and white snappers. Islanders have different fishing techniques to catch their favorite fish. They use a fishing gun, a spear gun or a spear.

Taiwan, Palau join hands to combat human trafficking

TAIPEI (Central News Agency/Pacnews) — Palau signed an accord Friday to cooperate with Taiwan on immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking, according to a statement released by Taiwan’s embassy in Palau.