Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors

Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized South Pacific Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized Eleanor Ainge Roy @EleanorAingeRoy Mon 29 Jan 2018 01. 47 EST […]

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Republicans must follow Ardern’s result and stand up to the gun lobby | Dani Garavelli

In stark contrast to the US, New Zealand is showing how a country invested in the safety of its citizens ought to respond, writes the Scotland on Sunday columnist Dani Garavelli Hours after 50 worshippers were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was already promising to tighten up the […]

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Tokyo Olympics: dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony

Move raises questions about status of Ainu ethnic minority, whose cultural identity Japan is legally obliged to protect Japan’s commitment to the rights of its indigenous people has been questioned after organisers of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics dropped a performance by members of the Ainu ethnic minority from the Games’ opening ceremony. Members of the […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow grime route, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines braces for one of the strongest in its history

Five million could be hit by super storm as gusts of up to 255 km/ h are expected The Philippines is braced for one of the strongest cyclones in its history, as authorities evacuate families in their thousands, close schools and put rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. Five million people […]

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Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution march

Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Environmental activism Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution procession Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Associated Press Tue […]

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‘This is part of the plan’: new train blurs line between China and Hong Kong

The Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins and the citys residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, it’s hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong clay. Merely below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs […]

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Breakthrough as New Caledonia elections to protect coral reef

The Pacific Island is home to one of the worlds most pristine coral reefs, boasting more than 9,300 marine species New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough. The Pacific nation, a French overseas […]

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Influx of refugees from Yemen divides South Korean resort island

Arrival of refugees has sparked debate about countrys role in accept asylum seekers Hamza al-Odaini had two routes before him after he graduated from secondary school in Yemen: be forced to pick up a firearm and battle in the civil war now in its fourth year, or flee the country. In the end, his mother […]

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Corruption, incompetence and a musical: Nauru’s cursed history

The once-wealthy island now barely survives on income from Australias detention regime and is pinning its economic hopes on undersea mining Nauru is banking on fields of mineral-rich smooth brown boulders about the size of a potato that lie on the sea floor around the tiny island as the possible savior of its fragile economy. […]

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