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Source: Reuters

Fifty years on, China ramps up 'ping-pong diplomacy' in South Pacific

04-Dec-2018

Almost 50 years ago, China and the United States used “ping-pong diplomacy” to help mend relations, with an exchange of players clearing the way for U.S. President Richard Nixon to visit China in 1972.

Inside a Chinese-funded facility perched on a steep hill overlooking Port Moresby’s sparkling harbor, Papua New Guinea’s best table tennis players are honing techniques picked up months earlier on a sponsored trip to Shanghai.

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Source: DW

EU pushes for greater respect for human rights in Uganda

05-Dec-2018

"The situation of human rights in Uganda is deplorable," the lawyer and analyst told DW, an assessment that is confirmed by human rights organizations.

Depending on one's viewpoint, the EU is either interfering or doing the right thing by drawing attention to the state of human rights in Africa. DW turns the spotlight on Uganda.

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Source: CBS News

Strong earthquake hits South Pacific on "Ring of Fire"

05-Dec-2018

Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

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Source: CBS News

Strong earthquake hits South Pacific on "Ring of Fire"

05-Dec-2018

Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

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Source: The Guradian

Tsunami warning for Vanuatu and New Caledonia after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

Thursday 01:31 GMT

A tsunami warning has been issued for all of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, after a shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s coast, prompting warnings that hazardous tsunami waves up to three metres high could reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000km of the earthquake epicenter,” warned the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), saying waves could reach between one and three metres high.

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Source: Fox News

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

Thursday 01:32 GMT

The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging.

Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur. Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent.

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Source: Fox News

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

Thursday 01:32 GMT

The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging.

Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur. Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent.

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Source: Fox News

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

Thursday 01:32 GMT

The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging.

Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur. Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent.

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Source: CBS News

Transcript: Brian Mulroney's eulogy for former President George H.W. Bush

Friday 15:26 GMT

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was one of four people chosen to give a eulogy at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

I told George how I thought his mood had shifted over the last eight years, from a series of frustrations and moments of despondency in 1993 to the high enthusiasm that I felt at the Houston launch of the Presidential Library and George W's election as governor in November of that year, to the delight following Jeb's election in 1998, followed by their great pride and pleasure with George W's election to the presidency and, perhaps most importantly, to the serenity we found today in both Barbara and George.

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Source: CBS News

Transcript: Brian Mulroney's eulogy for former President George H.W. Bush

Friday 15:26 GMT

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was one of four people chosen to give a eulogy at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

I told George how I thought his mood had shifted over the last eight years, from a series of frustrations and moments of despondency in 1993 to the high enthusiasm that I felt at the Houston launch of the Presidential Library and George W's election as governor in November of that year, to the delight following Jeb's election in 1998, followed by their great pride and pleasure with George W's election to the presidency and, perhaps most importantly, to the serenity we found today in both Barbara and George.

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Source: CBS News

George H.W. Bush departs on first presidential funeral train since 1969

Friday 20:01 GMT

The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.

Bush occasionally traveled by train in 1992, when he was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton, including making Midwest stops aboard a train dubbed "The Spirit of America."

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Source: CBS News

For first time, no USS Arizona survivors were present for Pearl Harbor remembrance

Saturday 19:05 GMT

Hundreds of veterans, service members and dignitaries gathered Friday, as they do every year, to mark the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

For the first time in seven decades, no survivors of the USS Arizona were present for the remembrance ceremony, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB reported. "This is the very first year," said Daniel Martinez, historian with the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

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Source: The Guradian

US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

Today 19:07 GMT

The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said.

He said climate change denialism jeopardised the future of Pacific countries: “Some are not willing to accept the stark realities.”


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