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Tokyo court clears former Tepco executives of negligence over Fukushima disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) — A Tokyo court cleared on Thursday three former Tokyo Electric Power executives of negligence for the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the only criminal case to arise out of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

Tuvalu changes PM, adds to concerns over backing for Taiwan in Pacific

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (Reuters) — Parliament in the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, making a change that analysts say could give China a chance to further undermine Taiwan in a region that has been a pillar of support.

Filipino coast guard men convicted in Taiwan fisherman death

MANILA (AP) — A Philippine court found eight Filipino coast guard personnel guilty Wednesday of conspiring to shoot and kill a Taiwanese fisherman in a 2013 incident at sea that strained ties between the neighboring nations.

The passing of Tonga’s great prime minister

SAMIUELA Akilisi Pohiva was the longest-serving people’s representative in the Tongan Parliament. He was first elected in 1987, and was very concerned about climate change. He called on world leaders to help island nations battling with rising sea levels.

Youth group organizes successful West Philippine Sea forum

(NYMWPS) — In an effort to increase awareness among the Filipinos and the general public, most especially the youth, on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, the National Youth Movement for West Philippine Sea in partnership with U.P. Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, organized the West Philippine Sea forum with the theme, “Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea.”

Push to scrap off-island voting in Palau critical to country’s future, says former president

KOROR (ABC/Pacnews) — A former president of Palau, Johnson Toribiong, is warning that unless there are changes to the voting system at the next election, there could be serious repercussions.