South Pacific

BEIJING | Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught

BEIJING — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she’ll be traveling to a region she’s already visited three times in two years. She doesn’t have many other options. As Tsai crosses the halfway mark of her first four-year term, an eight-day swing through Paraguay and Belize is a reflection of how … Continue reading BEIJING | Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught

NOUMEA, New Caledonia | Macron honors New Caledonians before independence vote

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged the “pain of colonization” during a visit to New Caledonia, as the South Pacific archipelago prepares to vote on whether to break free of French rule. Macron paid homage Saturday to 19 independence activists killed 30 years ago after taking police hostage in the … Continue reading NOUMEA, New Caledonia | Macron honors New Caledonians before independence vote

SYDNEY | France, Australia call on China to observe rules

SYDNEY — French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday issued a reminder to China to respect a “rules-based” order in the South Pacific amid concerns about Beijing‘s growing influence in the region. Macron also stepped up his calls for the renegotiation of the Iran nuclear agreement, regardless of the outcome … Continue reading SYDNEY | France, Australia call on China to observe rules

HELENA, Mont | Nearly 75 years after the USS Helena was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, an expedition team backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reported finding its wreckage

HELENA, Mont. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A Microsoft co-founder’s mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship’s endurance and … Continue reading HELENA, Mont | Nearly 75 years after the USS Helena was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, an expedition team backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reported finding its wreckage

HELENA, Mont | Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

HELENA, Mont. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Microsoft co-founder’s mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship’s endurance and the … Continue reading HELENA, Mont | Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

‘Moana’ cruises with $81.1M Thanksgiving weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s South Pacific animated tale “Moana” fell short of a “Frozen”-sized debut but nevertheless dominated the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $81.1 million over the five-day weekend. The well-reviewed “Moana,” about a princess’s mythical journey in ancient Polynesia, earned $55.5 million from Friday to Sunday in North America, according to … Continue reading ‘Moana’ cruises with $81.1M Thanksgiving weekend