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The Kiribati political party that switched recognition from Taiwan to China last year lost its majority in elections last week.

Mini Games postponed until 2022

Monday April 27, 2020

NORTHERN MARIANAS – The upcoming Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas are set to be postponed until May 2022 to avoid a clash with the Tokyo Olympics.

FRENCH POLYNESIA – The French Polynesian government says the salvage of the Chinese fishing vessel stuck on the reef of Arutua Atoll in the Tuamotu group for more than a month will be a difficult operation.

- The total number of Covid-19 cases that have been confirmed in the Pacific is now 255, as of yesterday morning. Guam: 139; French Polynesia: 5; New Caledonia: 18; Fiji: 18; CNMI: 14; Papua New Guinea: 8.

UN warns of potentially disastrous impact of Covid-19 rumours in the Pacific.

Tahiti crime drops

Thursday April 23, 2020

Figures released in French Polynesia say there has been a drop in crime, including reported domestic violence, during the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak last month, RNZ reports.

The Pacific tourism industry will be seriously impacted with the collapse of Virgin Australia, the ABC has reported.

Covid-19 Pacific Update

Wednesday April 22, 2020

- Another person in French Polynesia has tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the tally to 56. The latest case was the first in a week.

Former Fiji PM Qarase has died

Wednesday April 22, 2020

FIJI – Laisenia Qarase, the sixth prime minister of Fiji who was installed by one coup and removed by another, died on Tuesday. He was 79.

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