Earth Hour has seen the lights go out again in many of the world’s largest cities, each with its own local focus on energy concerns.
Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister Sir Julius Chan says that if he had been allowed to continue with the infamous Sandline operation to put down the Bougainville civil war in 1997, he would have been able to bring the island under control.
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.
Finally this week on Pacific Beat, let’s pay homage to the people of Fiji as they work hard to rebuild after Cyclone Winston by hearing about their needs, via their own voices.
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.
A growing number of Syrians are choosing to return to their war-ravaged homeland as the UNHCR says severe cuts to aid are forcing up to 200 Syrian refugees a day to leave Jordan.