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Auditor general: Accountability lacking in Marshalls government operations

MAJURO — The word “accountability” does not appear to be in the vocabulary of many government workers in the Marshall Islands — and nothing is being done about it. This is the conclusion of Marshall Islands Auditor General Junior Patrick in his latest report to the Marshall Islands Nitijela (parliament).

Celebrating Yap Day

YAP Day is one of the largest cultural celebrations held annually in the FSM state. This year, it started on Feb. 28 and ended on March 2.

Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders and the White House are pressing to strike an accord on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill, though disputes remain over immigration, abortion and a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.

US, S Korea and Japan discuss denuclearization, summit talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday.

Fire at Philippine hotel-casino out, death toll raised to 5

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Firefighters found two more bodies Monday in a hotel-casino gutted by fire that sent thick, heavy smoke into the sky over the Philippine capital, raising the death toll to five, officials said.

First high-level official Palau delegation visits Cuba

KOROR (Palau Ministry of Health) —The first high-level official visit by a Palau delegation since the establishment of the Palau-Cuba diplomatic relations in 2015 was led by Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts.

Marshalls High Court sees steady flow of women seeking domestic violence aid

MAJURO — A steady flow of women seeking court relief from domestic violence confirms that spouse abuse continues as a serious problem in the Marshall Islands. Four domestic violence case filings in the High Court in the first nine weeks of 2018 has put Majuro on a record pace for court intervention in spouse abuse.

Japan cautious while South Korea upbeat after North Korea talks in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) — Differences between Japan and South Korea on how to handle North Korea emerged on Tuesday with South Korea upbeat on prospects but a more cautious Japan demanding that North Korea account for Japanese people it says North Korea abducted decades ago.

US transfers six surveillance drones to Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) — The United States handed over six surveillance drones to its ally the Philippines on Tuesday, as part of efforts to boost its ability to tackle a growing threat from Islamist militants and to respond to natural disasters.

China’s Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign stands to gain a major boost as the ceremonial legislature moves to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector.