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TAIPEI (Office of the American Samoa Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata of American Samoa, as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation in Taiwan, emphasized the importance of the partnership between the United States and Taiwan, and the mutual interests of pea…

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MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines is looking to buy heavy-lift Chinook helicopters from the United States, after scrapping a deal with Russia worth 12.7 billion pesos ($227.35 million) in order to avoid sanctions, Manila's ambassador to Washington said on Monday.

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PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Following a swarm of earthquakes detected at the Manu'a Island Group in American Samoa, the U.S. Geological Survey has dispatched a team to Pago Pago to assess and set up equipment to monitor seismic activities in the island group.

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DEDEDO, Guam (Press Release) — Guam Regional Medical City or GRMC recently received certification from The Joint Commission as an “Advanced Primary Stroke Center.”  However, the good news does not end there because GRMC was also selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s “…

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MAJURO — The Marshall Islands is a live demonstration that the Omicron BA.5 variant is the most contagious of Covid variants yet to appear: In the first five days of the outbreak here, over 10 percent of the population in Majuro, the capital, has tested positive, reported the Ministry of Hea…

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 14, 2022, the government  of the Federated States of Micronesia announced, with great sadness, that the Yosiwo Palikkun George, vice president of the FSM, passed away at the age of 81.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The family of a 23-year-old man who was brutally beaten and stabbed outside of the Dededo Center early Monday is mourning his death.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China's war games around Taiwan have led Biden administration officials to recalibrate their thinking on whether to scrap some tariffs or potentially impose others on Beijing, setting those options aside for now, according to sources familiar with the deliberations.

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TAIPEI (AP) — Taiwan warned Tuesday that Chinese military drills aren’t just a rehearsal for an invasion of the self-governing island but also reflect ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific, as Taipei conducted its own exercises to underscore it’s ready to defend itself.

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HONIARA (Kyodo News/Pacnews) — Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force or MSDF said Tuesday it has conducted its first joint drill with Solomon Islands maritime police. They were also joined by the U.S Navy's littoral combat ship Oakland.

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SEOUL (Reuters) — At least seven people died in and around the South Korean capital of Seoul overnight, authorities said on Tuesday, after torrential rain knocked out power, caused slips and left roads and subways submerged.

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MAJURO — The Marshall Islands lost its Covid-free status Monday when tests confirmed six positive cases in the capital, the first known community transmission since the pandemic started in early 2020.

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(MV) — Several concerned Filipino citizens, including those living abroad, are opposed to a proposed deal that will transfer the ownership of the Malampaya gas field to a company whose owner is a known supporter of the new Philippine president, Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

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NUKU'ALOFA (AFP/Pacnews) — President Joe Biden will host Pacific island leaders at the White House in September, a senior American diplomat said on Saturday, deepening a regional charm offensive to counter growing Chinese influence.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While conducting night enforcement terrestrial patrol, officers from the Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement Conservation Section and the Civilian Volunteer Conservation Reserve, came across a parked vehicle on the trails.

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — Recently, the government of the Federated States of Micronesia  became aware of a high-level visit to Taiwan by the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The FSM has received informal  communications from representatives of …

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TARAWA (Tourism Authority of Kiribati) — Tarawa, Kiribati on Thursday was in celebration mode as the island converged at Bonriki International Airport to welcome the country’s first commercial flight, two and a half years since Covid-19 border lockdown.

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TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, part of Beijing's retaliation for a visit there by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has also included a halt in talks with the United States on issues …

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MAJURO — With the border opening looming in the Marshall Islands, there is increasing talk in the community about the arrival of Covid in a nation that has remained free of the virus throughout the pandemic, able to keep Covid at bay through strict quarantine measures.

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SUVA (FBC NEWS/Pacnews) — Tourism Fiji is ecstatic that new tourism-linked businesses are opening up across the country.

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TAIPEI (Reuters) — U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said shows an unwavering American commitment to the Chinese-claimed self-ruled island, but China condemned the highest-level U.S. visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and s…

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TARAWA (Tourism Authority of Kiribati) — The Kiribati border reopening on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 is expected to revive the nation’s tourism sector since its international border closure in March 2020, due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Amid rising tensions in the region, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero met last night with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during her brief stopover on Guam. Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio and Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas were also at Anders…

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos, a U.S.-trained ex-general who saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and played a key role in a 1986 pro-democracy uprising that ousted a dictator, has died. He was 94.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Erwin Mariano, 51, was  looking for a place to rest his head when he decided to seek refuge in an abandoned building on the Hagåtña pool premises. The building became engulfed in flames Saturday afternoon. Mariano, a homeless man, told The Guam Daily Post he a…

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WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The United States and Republic of Palau governments have confirmed the nomination and selection of five individuals to fully constitute the Palau Advisory Group on Economic Reform, consistent with the Palau Compact Review Agreement, as amended.