PALAU – The United States has announced plans to install radar systems in Palau, a move that will increase its monitoring ability in the western Pacific region recently rocked by threats from North Korea.
EMPOWERING WOMEN NEEDS MORE EFFORT
PACIFIC – The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders. The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn’t done enough to empower women in the Pacific.
PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM – Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated an $8000 visa fee for journalists will be waived when his country hosts the Pacific Islands Forum next year.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – At least twenty people have died in election-related violence since vote counting began last month in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Staff from the United States Department of Homeland Security have returned to Manus Island to interview refugees about resettlement in the US.
TAIWAN PRESIDENT OF PACIFIC TOUR
PACIFIC – The Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Taiwan’s six diplomatic allies in the Pacific in July according to reports from Taipei.