Monthly Archives: July 2014

Many flights soar over conflict zones

Many flights soar over conflict zones

When passengers boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, they couldn’t have known they were about to fly over a battlefield. But hours later, at 33,000 feet above eastern Ukraine, a missile ended the lives of 298 innocent civilians. That ...

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Ha’apai victims lack food, housing

Ha’apai victims lack food, housing

A People’s Representative for Ha’apai in Tonga where a category-five cyclone displaced 5,000 people in January says residents do not have enough food and up to 200 families are still living in tents. Mo’ale Finau, who is a member of ...

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Extremists destroy Jonah’s tomb, officials say

Extremists destroy Jonah’s tomb, officials say

If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment an explosion destroys what is said to have been the tomb of Jonah, a key figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The first few frames show the revered shrine ...

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SPC says bigeye critically depleted

SPC says bigeye critically depleted

New figures on tuna populations in the Pacific show that the region’s bigeye stocks have been critically depleted. Research by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is to be presented to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna ...

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Niue’s tourism plan criticised

Niue’s tourism plan criticised

The ex-chairperson of the Niue Tourism Authority Board says a poorly considered strategic plan for tourism sparked her resignation earlier this month. Called Tourism Unleashed the strategic plan for 2014 to 2017 includes proposals for upgrading the internet, and putting ...

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Central American leaders to Obama: We’re working on it

Central American leaders to Obama: We’re working on it

Central American leaders signaled to President Barack Obama they’re working on a “comprehensive plan” to address the underlying reasons for the surge of immigrant youth from their countries who are entering the United States illegally. The presidents of El Salvador, ...

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Jakarta shapes up to be Asia’s hot property market

Jakarta shapes up to be Asia’s hot property market

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, not even the notorious traffic congestion can slow the voracious demand for property. Roughly 10 million people live within the urban core of this vast city while a further 28 million populate the suburbs. ...

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2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Nebraska, and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, California, were killed by an IED blast in Mirugol ...

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Warning on vote-selling in Solomons

Warning on vote-selling in Solomons

Transparency Solomon Islands is trying to encourage people not to sell their votes in this year’s general election. The organisation says the perception a vote be given in exchange for individual benefit has become the benchmark for the election of ...

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