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Palau: Dengue outbreak over

KOROR (Pacific Note/Pacnews) — Palau’s Ministry of Health has declared an end to the recent dengue outbreak that has affected at least 490 people in the island-nation.

Consul thanks Palau leaders for release of funding

ON behalf of all the Palauans in Saipan, Eileen Kintol, Palau’s consul to the CNMI, expressed her gratitude to Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and members of the Olbiil era Kelulau, or the Palau National Congress, for the release of financial support for the Palauans who were affected by Typhoon Soudelor in 2015.

Interior’s Zinke praises Trump, Congress for authorizing Palau Compact agreement

WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke thanked President Trump and commended the U.S. Congress for including authorization for the Palau Compact Review Agreement in the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

Tillerson says US ready to talk to North Korea; Kim promises more weapons

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

Filipino houses from debris and Californian fruit pickers’ homes win major award

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A project in the Philippines that used debris to rebuild typhoon-ravaged houses and Californian homes providing year-round housing for migrant workers won one of the world’s most prestigious housing awards on Tuesday.

Duterte: Filipinos not yet ready for federalism

MANILA (Philippine Star) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said Filipinos are not yet ready for a federal system, which he had promised to establish to end conflicts that had stunted economic growth in the countryside by developing and empowering provinces.

American Samoa cabinet member Taeaoafua dies

PAGO PAGO (RNZI/Pacnews) — A member of the American Samoa government, Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona, has died at age 63.

Palau demands tourist pledge

KOROR (AAP/Pacnews) — With “overtourism” becoming a growing concern the world over, one tiny island in the Western Pacific has taken action to protect its future generations from the damage caused by overseas visitors.