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Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 218

UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) – Divers rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry on Saturday, two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria killing at least two people. Bodies continued to float...

Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were stranded without power in and around the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday after a tornado touched down twice, destroying some houses and ripping the roofs off others. At the same time high winds also battered the region and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said it could be...

Family pay final respects to road victim

THE second victim of the Valelevu road accident was cremated today at the Vatuwaqa cemetery in Suva. Close family and relatives of the late Chand gathered to bid their final farewells. The 35-year-old was admitted in a critical condition at the CWM Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit following the accident last Sunday but later died on...

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest sanctions over Russia military equipment

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry on Saturday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to protest Washington’s decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for purchasing Russian fighter jets and an advanced surface-to-air missile system. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge “stern representations” and protest the...

Check authenticity of product, council warns

MEMBERS of the public have been advised to check manufacturers’ website to clarify the authenticity of products. Consumer Council of Fiji’s north coordinator Nanise Veikoso said many large companies now had information on their websites to alert customers to possible counterfeit products and to help them detect fakes and non genuine brands. “Look out for...

Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on...

Fiji PM meets with UN General Assembly president

FIJIAN Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today held a bilateral meeting with the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Mr Bainimarama is in New York attending the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). According to Government, Mr Bainimarama requested Ms Garces for a UN...

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital, one dies

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday and the Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombs detonated in two different cars near a main road in the center of the city. Al Shabaab...

BAF spends $419k in eradication of termites

ABOUT $419,708 has been spent by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to contain and eradicate Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) in parts of Fiji. The Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) – also known as Coptotermes gestroi – is exotic to Fiji and has caused massive damages to homes, schools. AST is the second most destructive subterranean termite...

Fijian Police officer secures scholarship to study in China

INSPECTOR Mavis Fatiaki is the second member of the Fiji Police Force to have secured a three year scholarship to study at the People’s Public Security University of China. Fiji Police’s director international relations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ulaiasi Ravula in a statement said they were grateful to have been given another opportunity for...

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters – ship operator

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have been kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source...

Chinese community mark Moon Festival, China National Day

THE Chinese community in Fiji gathered at the Yat Sen School hall today to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and mark the 69th Anniversary of the National Day of China. According to Chinese Association of Fiji preisdent Jenny Seeto, Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival is when families and friends gather together for a meal...

Use lesson of oppression to promote tolerance, Pope urges Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Pope Francis said at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltics on Saturday that Lithuania should see its painful past under Soviet and Nazi domination as an impetus to promote tolerance in Europe. Francis, on the first trip by a pope to the region since 1993, is using his visit...

Fiji resumes sugar export to China

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has resumed the shipment of Fijian sugar to the Chinese market. According to a statement released by Government, FSC recently sent its second consignment for this year on the MV Erradale from Lautoka. This is FSC’S first consignment of sugar for the Chinese market after a lapse of many years, with a...

Plans for a Cook Islands high commission in Fiji

THE Cook Islands government plans to establish a high commission in Fiji in a bid to gain more interaction with key partners and expand on trade and economic opportunities. This was announced by the Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown while delivering his 2018/19 budget address for the island nation recently. According to Mr Brown,...

India’s Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal

NEW DELHI/PARIS (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice of a local partner. Indian political parties have been gunning for Modi over the...

Islamic State claims Iran military parade attack, no evidence provided

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, according to the group’s Amaq news agency. Amaq said Islamic State fighters had carried out the attack in Ahvaz city. The group provided no evidence for the claim.

A killer in our midst

THE latest statistics on suicide reported extensively in the media this week show the problem, which has been on the increase for a while, is slowly spiralling out of control. It also calls for meaningful dialogue, engagement and collaboration at all governance levels in order to find means of addressing the issue. According to Fiji...

Pakistani PM Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan labeled India arrogant on Saturday for cancelling what would have been the countries’ first high-level talks in years, decrying “small men occupying big offices” who opposed change. India on Friday called off the meeting between the nuclear-armed neighbors’ foreign ministers, planned for the sidelines of the U.N....

100,000 using Walesi, says Sayed-Khaiyum

ABOUT 100,000 people have downloaded the Walesi mobile phone application and registered their details to watch television on their cellular devices. This was the word from Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment while launching the free WiFi hots pots at Koroivolu Park, Nadi, yesterday. “On your smart...

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