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Paige Fusco

The Pacific rebellion scaring Washington

The US is scrambling to step up its diplomatic game with Pacific Island leaders following a breakdown of unity at a regional summit this week that analysts warn could weaken resistance to China’s plans for controversial security alliances.

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People work at the site of a mudslide after pouring rains in Petropolis, Brazil.

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Hard Numbers: Deadly mudslides in Brazil, Israel strikes Syria, Saudi women seek bullets, problem parrots in New Zealand

105: At least 105 people have been killed in mudslides and floods in Brazil. The disaster saw streets “turned into rivers” in the city of Petropolis, 40 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds are now expected to be facing homelessness in the wake of the floods.

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A woman scales a fish her husband caught, as she sits in the sea just off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

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The climate homeless

Even if the US, Europe, China, and India reduce carbon emissions at the rate they've promised, much climate damage has already been done. That shouldn't stop these and other countries from doing all they can to meet their net-zero emissions targets, but they also better start preparing for a world of people on the move.

Climate change will displace an unprecedented number of people in coming years, creating not just a series of humanitarian crises in many parts of the world, but lasting political, economic, and social upheaval as those of us who live on higher ground try to find a sustainable place for these climate refugees to live.

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New Zealand agrees on 'travel bubble' with Australia early next year

December 14, 2020 9:33 AM

The Cabinet has agreed in principle to allow travel with Australia without quarantine in the first quarter of 2021.

New Zealand launches nationwide TV campaign to prevent Covid-19

December 13, 2020 1:38 PM

WELLINGTON (XINHUA) - New Zealand launched its nationwide TV campaign on Sunday (Dec 13) to keep Covid-19 at bay, urging the public to stay vigilant and keep good hygiene practices during the summer holiday season.

New Zealand creates its first 'travel bubble' with Cook Islands

December 12, 2020 10:07 AM

This would be New Zealand’s first reciprocal “travel bubble”.

One year on, New Zealand remembers volcano tragedy that killed and injured dozens

December 09, 2020 10:36 AM

The eruption on White Island left nearly all survivors struggling with severe and long-term injuries.

Report into New Zealand mosque attack focus on Islamist terror risks, firearms licensing

December 08, 2020 9:09 AM

There were no failings within government agencies that would have alerted them to the imminent attack.

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