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It was the opportunity to showcase my culture: Dwayne Johnson on 'Moana'

It was the opportunity to showcase my culture: Dwayne Johnson on 'Moana'

Actor Dwayne Johnson, who has given voice-over of the character Maui in "Moana", says the forthcoming film is a "history making movie".

Australia, Pacific island countries on alert for Zika virus

Zika carrying mosquitoes are endemic to tropical and sub-tropical environments.


Japanese foreign minister to discuss disputed isles in Moscow

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week to discuss bilateral relations, frayed recently by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s visit to a disputed island claimed by both countries.

Nine of world's 10 most obese countries are in Pacific

Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that nine of the 10 countries with the highest levels of obesity in the world are in the Pacific Islands region, New Zealand media reported Tuesday.

Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea: Putin

Russia`s relations with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands have not changed following Moscow`s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Aid workers struggle with scale of Vanuatu disaster

Aid agencies said Monday conditions in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu were among the most challenging they have ever faced with fears of disease rife, as the Pacific nation`s shocked president said climate change was partly to blame for the devastation.

New monitors for Australian asylum camps after abuse claims

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today said he was establishing a new monitoring team for centres holding asylum-seekers, including camps on remote Pacific islands, after a series of abuse allegations.

"Strongly protest" over Russia`s military exercises on disputed islands: Japan

Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would "strongly protest" to Russia over military exercises on disputed Pacific islands that have strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two. 

Ancient Polynesians sampled fancy menus 3,000 years ago

Researchers studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands have cast new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people.

Pacific islander bids to become first climate change refugee

A Pacific islander is seeking recognition as the world`s first climate change refugee in New Zealand as rising seas threaten his low-lying homeland, the man`s lawyer said on Thursday.

Strong quake strikes remote Pacific islands

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck near the remote Kermadec Islands in the South Pacific, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Pacific leaders look to end Fiji ban after elections

The Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday welcomed Fiji`s proposed new constitution and said the coup-plagued nation will be welcomed back to the regional grouping after elections due next year.

China helped create political instability in Pacific islands: WikiLeaks

New Zealand had warned United States about the Chinese Army`s dubious role.

Earth Hour 2010 gets underway in Australia, Pacific islands

Sydney`s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House temporarily went dark on Saturday as nations across the western Pacific turned out the lights for Earth Hour 2010 to call for action on climate change.