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Samoa measles surge: 114 diagnosed in a day

APIA (Samoa Observer/Pacnews) — With an additional 114 suspected infections in 24 hours, the total number of suspected measles cases in Samoa has now risen to 1,174 as the epidemic surges across the nation.

Philippines’ Duterte to ban ‘toxic’ vaping

MANILA (AFP) — A ban on e-cigarettes has been ordered by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is threatening to arrest anyone vaping publicly in a country that already has some of Asia’s toughest anti-smoking rules.

Pacific government audit offices’ performance results analyzed

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Press Release) — Five audit offices’ in the Pacific undertook a review of its operations using the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions or INTOSAI performance measurement framework.

US Senate passes HK rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing.

Student protesters hold out as Hong Kong leader urges peaceful resolution

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a standoff between police and a hold-out group of anti-government protesters at a university could be resolved and she had told police to handle it humanely.

US, South Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 billion demand

SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a $5 billion U.S. demand for the bill.

Early returns show Majuro incumbents losing

MAJURO — With over half of Majuro votes tabulated as of Tuesday morning, unofficial results suggest three of the five parliament incumbents in Majuro are in danger of losing their seats. There are still five wards to tabulate as the ballot counting continues at the International Conference Center in Majuro.

‘Anti-drug czar’ Robredo not in Duterte cabinet after all

MANILA (Philippine Star) — Vice President Leni Robredo is not part of the cabinet despite her designation as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal drugs and despite previous statements from President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.