On March 13 last year, the most powerful cyclone to ever hit the Pacific smashed into the islands of Vanuatu, leaving 75,000 people homeless. At least 15 people were killed in the storm. One year on, the nation still faces many challenges.
As many as 55,000 people are still sheltering in some of the hundreds of evacuation centres set up in Fiji, nearly two weeks after Cyclone Winston damaged or destroyed their homes.
Charlot Salwai will be Vanuatu’s 11th prime minister after receiving more than 40 votes from the 52 Members of Parliament.
It is the final week of typically boisterous campaigning leading to Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday, where the embattled ruling Kuomintang is expected to be defeated in both, sparking its third democratic handover of power.
When entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith and his wife Pip saw an unclothed child and her homeless family out of their train window in India, they wondered if they could help.
Vanuatu’s opposition leader has requested urgent clarification from the prime minister about why payments of 1 million vatu ($12,100) were distributed to the personal accounts of every opposition MP with the line item “TC Pam refund” this week.
One year on from the pro-democracy protests that brought Hong Kong to a standstill, organisers admit that China’s Communist leadership shows no sign of budging on reform, but a spark could reignite the movement.
El Nino-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought Tasmania-like weather to the region, a regional administrator said.
Two Nauruan opposition MPs remanded in custody for nearly a month for their role in a rally outside the country’s parliament in June were among seven people released on bail on Friday.
A US charity has discovered the bodies of 36 American Marines in Kiribati, including a famous Congressional Medal of Honour recipient, at the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific during World War II.