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  • The UN Is Pulling Most Of Its Peacekeepers Out Of Syria As Situation 'Deteriorates Severely'

    09/15/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 9-15-2014 | Armin Rosen
    Armin RosenSeptember 15, 2014 The UN is quietly pulling back from the parts of the peacekeeper-administered military disengagement zone separating the Israeli and Syrian-controlled sections of the Golan Heights. Reuters quotes an anonymous UN staffer as saying that "Staff in U.N. positions 10, 16, 31 and 37, as well as Camp Faouar on the (Syrian) side are being relocated." Twitter user and Israel-based blogger Judge Dan created a map of these positions based off of the UN's publically-available information on the location of the UN Disengagement Observer Force's various bases:(Click to the site to see the map) According to the...
  • Fiji may have jumped the gun by saying its 45 captured UN peacekeepers would soon be released

    09/09/2014 9:20:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Republic ^ | 9-10-2014 | NICK PERRY and PITA LIGAIULA
    Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon. The South Pacific nation later tried to retract the comments, but by then they had been reported around the world. At a Wednesday morning news conference in Suva, Fiji's military chief said Fiji had been told by U.N. headquarters in New York that the Nusra Front had agreed to release the men later this week without any conditions or demands. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said three senior Fijian military officers would arrive...
  • UN Security Council Demands Release of Abducted Peacekeepers

    09/03/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to AFP. The 15 members of the council unanimously approved a declaration condemning "in the strongest terms" the detention of the Fijians. They were captured almost a week ago, when the rebels stormed a Golan Heights crossing. The council "reiterated their call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release," adding in its statement that "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." The government of Fiji also has called...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

    08/30/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | | Aug. 31, 2014 | 1:22 AM | Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. ... Nusra Front forces took over a stronghold manned by a Fiji UN force and kidnapped the soldiers stationed there at gunpoint,...
  • Ireland, Fiji, Nepal to send peacekeepers to Golan Heights

    07/22/2013 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Xinhau Net ^ | 2013-07-23 07:32:51 | Editor: Hou Qiang
    JERUSALEM, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Ireland, Fiji and Nepal will send hundreds of troops to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported Monday. The latest development comes weeks after Austria withdrew its 380 troops from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force ( UNDOF), citing deterioration of security situation due to the escalation in Syria's unrest. According to the report, Ireland agreed to send a 150-strong well-trained and equipped infantry unit, which was previously part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali; Fiji would dispatch about 500 peacekeepers; and Nepal would redirect some 50 peacekeepers,...
  • Another 360 bound for Golan Heights (Fiji supplies 540 UN Peacekeepers to Golan)

    07/01/2013 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Fiji Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 13:18 Mon Jul 01, 2013
    Another 360 soldiers will head for the Golan Heights on the border of Syria this month. This was confirmed to FBC News by Military Land force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga. Tikoitoga says the 360 are all military personnel. He has also confirms that the first batch of 182 that left last week have already reported for duty and have started work as peacekeepers on the border between Syria and Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
  • Fiji offers more than 500 troops to Golan force

    06/19/2013 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    AFP via GlobalPost ^ | June 18, 2013 20:33 | Agence France-Presse
    Fiji has offered more than 500 troops to the UN Golan Heights peacekeeping force after several countries withdrew because of the spillover from the Syria conflict, diplomats said Tuesday. Fiji will supply 170 troops this month to replace Japanese and Croatian soldiers who have left in previous weeks. Diplomats said it has also offered to replace the 370 troops that Austria is withdrawing. ... Lyall Grant, UN Security Council president for June, said the UN Disengagement Observer Force would also get "some heavier weapons", extra body armor and see observation posts reinforced. In the growing fallout from more than two...
  • Report: Fijians to reenforce depleted UNDOF on Golan

    06/17/2013 6:28:34 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/17/2013 09:32 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The Pacific Ocean island nation of Fiji will be replacing some of the UN Peacekeepers that have withdrawn from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in the Golan Heights, according to the Fijian online newspaper The Fiji Times. According to the report, The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations' military adviser at the Office of Military Affairs, Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye told the paper that Fiji would be sending 170 individuals to the mission. Gaye said, a three member team from Fiji visited UNDOF last month and that the Fijians are expected to be deployed to the mission by the...
  • Two shots scare away would-be thieves

    09/17/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    Fiji Times ^ | 17 Sept 2012 | Nasik Swami
    THE police are investigating an attempted break-in where the homeowner discharged his weapon. Police have confirmed a 12-gauge shotgun was used to scare the two masked men away after they tried to break into a house at Lobau settlement in Nausori early yesterday morning. However, director operations Senior Superintendent Rusiate Tudravu said he could not confirm at this stage whether or not shots fired hit one of the intruders because they had yet to receive a report to this effect. "The home owner has been interviewed by the officers at Nausori Police Station and the gun has been taken in...
  • Iguana on the Menu

    03/01/2012 1:44:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 3+ views
    The Fiji Times ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | Serafina Silaitoga
    THE American iguana has drawn interest from a well-known Australian chef who plans to cook up a menu that will include the reptile on Taveuni. Lance Seeto, who is the executive chef at the Castaway Island Fiji, last week visited Taveuni to learn more about local food. "I have learnt a lot about local food but I will also do a menu for the iguana on the island. That won't be difficult because I have cooked iguanas in other countries I have worked in," he said. "So writing up an iguana menu won't be difficult and it will be affordable...
  • 7.2 Mag EQ Shakes Fiji

    09/15/2011 3:04:13 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/15/2011
    – 46 mins ago NEW YORK – A magnitude-7.2 earthquake rattled Fiji in the Pacific Ocean on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No tsunami warning was issued, and no damage or casualties were immediately reported.
  • Magnitude 6.4 - FIJI REGION

    04/03/2011 12:51:45 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    NOAA ^ | April 3, 2011 | Self
    Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 14:07:09 UTC Monday, April 04, 2011 at 02:07:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location - 17.649°S, 178.578°W Depth 551.9 km (343.0 miles) set by location program Region FIJI REGION Distances - 252 km (156 miles) W of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji 321 km (199 miles) W of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji 335 km (208 miles) N of Ndoi Island, Fiji 2230 km (1385 miles) W of Auckland, New Zealand ------------------------ No tsunami watches have been issued.
  • Fiji Water, owned by part-time Aspenites, suspends operations in Fiji

    11/30/2010 8:30:01 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 21 replies
    Aspen Daily News ^ | 11/30/10 | Brent Gardner-Smith
    Fiji Water, owned by part-time Aspenites Lynda and Stewart Resnick, has suspended operations at its bottling plant on Viti Levu, the largest of the Republic of Fiji’s islands, after the Fijian government dramatically hiked taxes on the company. Fiji has been ruled by a military junta since 2006 and on Friday, the government announced that starting in 2011, any company that extracts more than 3.5 million liters (920,000 gallons) of water a month would pay a tax of 15 cents per liter, up from the current .11 cents — a 45-fold increase. Fiji Water is the only company on the...
  • Magnitude 6.2 earthquake - FIJI REGION

    09/07/2010 10:00:48 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 21 replies · 1+ views
    USGS
    ALERT: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake - FIJI REGION
  • Mystery of the Narara caves

    12/18/2009 1:05:16 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 913+ views
    Fiji Times ^ | 13 Dec 2009 | Fred Wesley
    Thirteen stones sit hidden in the dense jungles of the range of mountains that make up Nakauvadra in Ra. Caves with drawings sit below them. They remain a mystery for the people of Narara Village. Deep in the jungles above the village of Narara in Ra stand 12 stones of similar size and shape. The thirteenth is a little longer then the rest. They stand as monolithic reminders of an era the people of Narara are struggling to understand. It takes about six hours on foot to get to these ancient monuments at the top of the range of mountains...
  • Fiji's president sacks all judges after court declares government illegal

    04/10/2009 12:38:20 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 518+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2009 | Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
    President Ratu Josefa Iloilo used a nationally-broadcast radio address to announce that he had abolished the constitution, assumed all governing power and revoked all judicial appointments. The move will deepen a political crisis gripping the troubled South Pacific nation. Commodore Voreqe 'Frank' Bainimarama has ruled Fiji since a bloodless coup in Dec 2006 It came one day after the country's second-highest court ruled that the military government that took power after a bloodless coup in 2006 was illegal, prompting the country's self-appointed prime minister Commodore Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama to tell the president he would stand down. The president, who is...
  • DOSSIER OF (AMERICAN) SACRAMENTO STATE UNIV. STUDENT REPORTED KILLED IN YEMENI C.I.A. DRONE ATTACK

    11/07/2002 10:54:40 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 131 replies · 1,285+ views
    State Hornet Student Newspaper ^ | 27 November 2001 (Originally) | State Hornet Student Newspaper
    Original Article: Accused Terrorist on Trial in Jordan Attended Classes at Sac State; Initiation to Terrorism May Have Started in Sacramento, According to Published Reports. Layla Bohm State Hornet (Student Newspaper) November 27, 2001 Former Sacramento State student Raed Hijazi at his trial in Jordan Nov. 26. Hijazi pleaded innocent to nine charges stemming from a plot to execute terrorist attacks on America and Israel during Millenium celebrations in December 1999. Courtesy Photo/A He was a typical California student. Born in San Jose Dec. 3, 1968, Raed Hijazi eventually attended Sacramento City College, took a Sacramento State extension course...
  • Tension mounts over gang rape

    01/04/2009 7:46:47 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 12 replies · 1,864+ views
    http://www.fijilive.com ^ | 01/03/2009 | www.fijilive.com
    Tension is mounting in a village in Macuata Province after more men were taken in for questioning for the alleged gang rape of a 12-year-old last week. Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed that a team of police officers in Labasa had been mobilised and sent to Lutukina Village in Dreketi to hunt five other men who are believed to be in hiding. Six others are already in custody at the Labasa Police Station. “At this point in time we are trying to look for five other men who we believe also took part in the gang rape,” Sokomuri said. “Tension...
  • Fiji Jewellery Box Find Stuns Archaeologists (Lapita People)

    04/22/2008 2:59:43 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 642+ views
    Fiji Live ^ | 4-22-2008
    Fiji jewellery box find stuns archeologists 22 APR 2008 Archeologists have discovered a 3000-year-old pot in Fiji containing jewellery believed to have been made by the South Pacific’s original settlers – the Lapita people. The discovery was made by an excavation party from the Fiji-based University of the South Pacific and the Fiji Museum at Bourewa in Natadola on the Coral Coast. The dig at Bourewa, which is the earliest human settlement in Fiji, unearthed the pot and a thick piece of “exquisitely decorated pottery”. The Lapita people were the first colonists of Pacific Island groups, including the eastern Solomon...
  • Police presence huge on Earth Hour

    03/29/2008 12:01:34 AM PDT · by bahblahbah · 13 replies · 388+ views
    The police force is committed to make its presence felt when Fiji observes Earth Hour from 8-9pm tonight. Corporate Communications Officer Ema Mua says the force wants to ensure that no one takes advantage of the Earth Hour Initiative to break the law. Mua says the National Operations Command Centre has designated senior officers to look into areas especially towns where criminal activities are likely to occur. “A big number will be patrolling on foot and those who will be on motor vehicle. “We also have the National Operations Command Centre on high alert for that one hour and all...
  • Earthquake - Magnitude 7.6 - South of the Fiji Islands

    12/09/2007 1:10:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,065+ views
    usgs.gov ^ | December 9, 2007
    The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 345 km (215 miles) N of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands; 600 km (370 miles) SSW of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga; 1395 km (870 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand; 1830 km (1130 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand at 12:28 AM MST, Dec 9, 2007 (7:28 PM local time in .). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. This earthquake is located in a remote area and no damage or casualties are expected.
  • Threat Matrix: November 2007

    11/01/2007 8:43:53 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,482 replies · 7,475+ views
    U.S. to Offer Turkey Help on PKK The U.S. is to offer Turkey a package of measures to dissuade Ankara from mounting a large-scale military incursion into Iraq to attack PKK Kurdish guerrillas, who have killed scores of Turkish soldiers in recent weeks. Ahead of a meeting in Washington on Monday between President George W. Bush and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, U.S. officials said Ankara would have to get concrete American help to combat the PKK, which has bases in northern Iraq from where it frequently launches attacks into Turkey. “Erdogan has to go back with the...
  • Fiji detains 16 alleged plotters

    11/04/2007 7:11:20 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 102+ views
    BBC ^ | 5 November 2007 | N/A
    Police in Fiji have arrested 16 people in the past two days, after uncovering an alleged plot against the country's military leader, Frank Bainimarama. Businessmen, politicians and former soldiers were among those detained, and will be charged, police say, on Monday. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said one of those arrested, a New Zealander, had been badly beaten. Mr Bainimarama came to power after a bloodless coup in December 2006, but has promised elections in early 2009. He has pledged to abide by the results. Fiji has seen four coups in the past two decades. Military help No concrete...
  • Suspect Accused of Smuggling Iguanas in Prosthetic Leg

    09/22/2007 7:18:31 AM PDT · by wildbill · 68 replies · 859+ views
    Houston Chronicle via Ass. Press ^ | Sept. 22, 2007 | staff
    LOS ANGELES — A man accused of stealing three endangered iguanas from a nature preserve in Fiji and smuggling them into the United States in his prosthetic leg has been indicted. Jereme James, 33, of Long Beach, faces a single count of smuggling, according to a federal indictment returned Friday in Los Angeles. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Prosecutors say James stole the Fiji Island banded iguanas while visiting the South Pacific island in September 2002. He then brought the reptiles to the U.S. by hiding them in a special compartment he had constructed...
  • Vinod Gupta flays NYT over 'smear campaign' (CNN Pollster decries 'hatchet job on Hillary and me')

    05/28/2007 1:50:02 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 2,056+ views
    rediff.com (India) ^ | May 28, 2007 | Aziz Haniffa
    NRI entrepreneur flays NYT over 'smear campaign Vinod 'Vin' Gupta, 60, the multi-millionaire chairman and CEO of infoUSA and focus of a major article in the New York Times in the Washington Post on May 26 regarding a lawsuit that brands his using the company's private jet to fly former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on personal, business and campaign trips as a 'waste of corporate assets,' has said it's all an effort to embarrass Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. infoUSA is one of America's leading marketing information companies that provide electronic, print...
  • SURVIVOR: FIJI (Season 14)

    01/17/2007 5:08:38 AM PST · by cuz_it_aint_their_money · 525 replies · 7,985+ views
    My fertile brain. | 17 January, 2007 | Cuz It Aint Their Money
    Premiering Thursday, February 8 at 8pm et/pt SURVIVOR PING ! ! ! (Above photo courtesy of Survivor Phoenix) Stranded on the Fiji Islands in the heart of the South Pacific, 19 strangers must live together and compete for the million-dollar prize. Who will outwit, outplay, and outlast all others?
  • Fiji likely to be suspended from Commonwealth after coup UPDATE

    12/05/2006 2:01:53 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 10 replies · 631+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12-05-06
    Fiji likely to be suspended from Commonwealth after coup UPDATE (Updates with further details) LONDON (AFX) - The Commonwealth is likely to suspend Fiji's membership later this week after its latest coup, the grouping's secretary general Don McKinnon said, condemning the military takeover. Foreign ministers from nine Commonwealth countries will meet in London on Friday to discuss the situation after Fiji's military commander seized control of the country -- the former British colony's fourth coup in two decades. 'The likelihood of Fiji being suspended is very high,' McKinnon told reporters, adding that the Commonwealth 'unreservedly condemns any military action against...
  • Fiji military chief to watch rugby before coup

    12/05/2006 1:18:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 521+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/01/06
    Friday December 1, 11:29 AM Fiji military chief to watch rugby before coup SUVA (Reuters) - Fiji's military chief maintained his threat on Friday to stage a coup if the government failed to meet his demands, but added he would not act until after the annual military versus police rugby game in Suva later in the day. Military Commander Frank Bainimarama gave Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase a 24-hour ultimatum on Thursday to clean up his government or face a coup, despite winning a series of concessions from the prime minister. "I maintain my demands and the deadline still stands and...
  • Fiji Times shuts under censorship threat

    12/05/2006 4:18:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 293+ views
    FijiTimes.com ^ | December 5, 2006
    Update 10.40pm: The Fiji Times Limited has suspended publication after the Fiji military ordered the paper not to publish any "propaganda" against the new political leadership. Armed soldiers came to the Victoria Parade officers at 7.30pm, and asked for "assistance". After a brief discussion outside, the soldiers entered the building for a discussion in the papers newsroom. When questioned, spokesperson Sergeant Talei Tora told Managing Director Tony Yianni and Editor Samisoni Kakaivalu they could not publish anything from the "deposed" Qarase Government. She said of particular concern was any material that might incite trouble. Mr Yianni and Mr Kakaivalu...
  • Fiji - I have taken over govt: Bainimarama

    12/04/2006 10:41:47 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 576+ views
    FijiLive.com ^ | December 5, 2006
    Army commander Commander Voreqe has taken over as head of state Bainimarama announced a short while ago that he was doing this to end the impasse. Dr Jona Senilagakali will be caretaker Prime Minister until an interim administration is appointed. Bainimarama said he had no intention of arresting the Prime Minister or other ministers. He said the 1997 Constitution was intact except for parts relating to the emergency powers.
  • Fiji army surrounds police unit (Likely coup d’État)

    WELLINGTON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Soldiers in Suva have surrounded Monday building of Fiji's police tactical response unit as tension rises in the capital, local television reported. The television report said police had been locked out of their premises but no shots were fired. But Acting Fiji Police Commissioner Moses Driver later denied the police unit had been taken over. Tensions in Fiji have been high since Fiji's military chief, Commander Vorege Bainimarama threatened a month ago to remove Prime Minister Qarase from office. Fiji, a South Pacific nation of about 900,000 people, consists of 800-plus volcanic and coral islands....
  • Fiji military to act against govt Monday

    12/02/2006 9:40:49 PM PST · by raygun · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Yahoo News (via Reuters) ^ | 06 Dec 03 - 0020
    SUVA (Reuters) - Fiji's military is likely to force the embattled government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to step aside on Monday, military chief Commander Frank Bainimarama said. ADVERTISEMENT "Transition is expected to take place tomorrow as a deadline," Bainimarama told Fijian-language television on Sunday.
  • Australia, NZ defend Fiji reinforcements

    11/06/2006 1:13:16 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 315+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 6th November 2006 | Peter Williams
    AUSTRALIA and New Zealand railed against Fiji's military today, denying its claim they had smuggled police into the Pacific country to intervene in its political crisis. Fiji's land forces commander Lieutenant Colonel Pita Driti yesterday said Australian and New Zealand police had been flown into Fiji in what he called a "gross breach of sovereignty". Lt Col. Driti suggested the action was part of an intervention in Fiji's affairs by foreign forces, and suggested a 400kg shipment that arrived with the Australians may be a haul of weapons. "We will not accept any foreign intervention," he said. Australia today said...
  • Aussie military role in Fiji left open

    11/02/2006 2:59:34 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 226+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2nd November 2006 | Sandra O'Malley
    THE Australian Government has despatched a second warship to stand by near Fiji in case a mass evacuation is necessary following fears of a coup. Announcing the deployment of amphibious support ship, HMAS Kanimbla, from Townsville, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson tonight would not rule out military assistance from Australia if the Fijian Government asks for help. Australia sent the frigate, HMAS Newcastle, to waters near Fiji yesterday. The Government also revised its travel advisory to Fiji tonight, warning Australians to exercise "a high degree of caution" ... because of increased tensions between the Fiji government and military, and the possibility...
  • Warships headed to waters off Fiji

    11/02/2006 2:57:19 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 299+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2nd November 2006 | Michael McKenna and Patrick Walters
    TWO Australian naval ships, with troops and helicopters, are heading to international waters outside Fiji while extra police have been offered to South Pacific island nation as threat of a military coup escalates. The amphibious warship, HMAS Kanimbla, with an undisclosed number of fighters, left port this evening in the wake of the HMAS Newcastle, which left sometime earlier. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson last night said the the Australian Government was very concerned about the event, while Foreign Minister Alexander Downer conceded a coup was a "reasonable chance". Dr Nelson called on the Fijian defence chief Frank Bainimarama to respect...
  • (Royal Australian) Navy on standby for Fiji coup

    10/31/2006 5:21:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 478+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 1st November 2006
    THE Australian Defence Force (ADF) was making "sensible" preparations to ensure the safety of Australians on Fiji if there was a military coup, defence head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said today. Air Chief Marshal Houston said the situation remained quiet and there was no suggestion any of the estimated 7000 Australians now in Fiji faced any threat. But, Air Chief Marshal Houston said, the ADF remained concerned about the situation and would play its part if called upon. “Essentially, we are doing sensible contingency planning and we haven't had any requests (to intervene) at this point,” he told a...
  • Plane surrounded at Sydney Airport

    08/17/2006 3:03:45 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 711+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th August 2006
    PASSENGERS on an international flight have been evacuated from a plane at Sydney Airport after a threat was made against the aircraft. "A Pacific Blue flight from Nadi, Fiji, which landed at approximately 5.45pm (AEST) today has had a threat made against it," Sydney Airport Corporation spokesman Peter Vickary said. "That aircraft has been parked away from the terminal, the passengers have been evacuated and the NSW police are now investigating." The Seven Network says the threat against the 737 aircraft was made from the Philippines .. while the plane was en route from Fiji. The east-west runway at Sydney...
  • Police say device may be on board Sydney plane

    08/17/2006 2:50:39 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 6 replies · 567+ views
    10 minutes ago SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Thursday they were investigating reports that a suspicious device may have been found on board a flight that landed at Sydney airport from Fiji. A police spokesman said the reports were unconfirmed. Passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane, which has been parked away from the main terminal buildings while it is being searched, the spokesman said. No further details were available.
  • Updated: 7.9 Earthquake Tonga (Northeast of Australia)

    05/03/2006 9:07:35 AM PDT · by silentknight · 170 replies · 9,046+ views
    8.0
  • Tsunami Warning for Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand

    05/03/2006 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 72 replies · 4,594+ views
    Fox News
    Magnitude 8.1 earthquake near Island of Tonga in South Pacific more to follow
  • Judge Anand Satyanand to be Governor-General [of New Zealand] (1st ethnic Indian and Catholic)

    04/04/2006 8:18:19 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 4 replies · 620+ views
    The Queen has approved the appointment of Judge Anand Satyanand to succeed Dame Silvia Cartwright as Governor-General of New Zealand. Prime Minister Helen Clark had high praise for the Judge and welcomed his appointment. "Judge Satyanand will bring many personal strengths to the role of Governor-General, including a broad knowledge of the workings of government and the law, as well as a deep appreciation of the different groups and communities which make up contemporary New Zealand. "Judge Satyanand has had a multi-faceted career as a lawyer, a judge, and an ombudsman. Throughout his working life Judge Satyanand has made a...
  • Pacific island nations eye China's rise

    03/27/2006 10:50:32 AM PST · by CrawDaddyCA · 22 replies · 1,054+ views
    UPI ^ | March 27, 2006 | KATHLEEN HWANG
    TOKYO, March 27 (UPI) -- China's insatiable appetite for energy and natural resources, and its desire to secure the sea lanes through which such resources are transported, are propelling the country's outreach to even the smallest of the Pacific Islands, leaders from the island nations heard last week at a convention in Tokyo. China's determination to undermine Taiwan's influence in the South Pacific is prompting generous assistance in infrastructure projects, such as building sports complexes in Fiji and Kiribati, and providing cargo ships to Vanuatu. Representatives from 22 island nations gathered in Tokyo at the Asia-Pacific Island Nations Summit from...
  • Fiji military chief threatens new coup

    01/10/2006 12:51:54 AM PST · by Dundee · 1 replies · 275+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 10, 2006
    Fiji military chief threatens new coup Fiji is once again on the brink of a military coup after its belligerent armed forces chief threatened to remove the Government, accusing it of imposing racist policies in the ethnically divided country. Commodore Frank Bainimarama issued a statement on Sunday night saying the military was prepared to take power in what would be the Pacific nation's fourth coup in 19 years. He also warned the Government it would be naive to underestimate him. His outburst came in response to a comment by a Fijian official describing as petty the military boss's latest feud...
  • Update: Earthquake Magnitude 7.1 Fiji Region followed by 5.1 aftershock 2 January 2006

    01/02/2006 5:20:00 PM PST · by bd476 · 45 replies · 1,648+ views
    USGS ^ | January 2, 2006 | USGS
    Magnitude 7.1 - FIJI REGION 2006 January 2 22:13:40 UTC Preliminary Earthquake Report U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information CenterWorld Data Center for Seismology, Denver A major earthquake occurred at 22:13:40 (UTC) on Monday, January 2, 2006. The magnitude 7.1 event has been located in the FIJI REGION. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 579 km (360 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) Magnitude 7.1 Date-Time Monday, January 2, 2006 at 22:13:40 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 10:13:40 AM = local time at epicenter Location 19.878°S, 178.233°W Depth 579.1 km...
  • Undersea Quake Spawns Tsunami Warning in Fiji

    12/13/2005 5:19:05 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 275+ views
    www.foxnews.com ^ | December 13, 2005
    Undersea Quake Spawns Tsunami Warning in Fiji Tuesday, December 13, 2005 SUVA, Fiji — A powerful undersea earthquake struck near Fiji on Tuesday, and officials issued a tsunami alert for the local area. The 6.3 magnitude quake occurred at 3:16 p.m. local time about 150 miles northeast of Vanua Levu, the main tourist spot in Fiji's chain of islands. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was 18 miles deep. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. The agency initially reported a second quake nearby, much deeper and with a magnitude of 6.8. But the USGS removed the second quake from...
  • Tsunami warning for the northwest coast of Fiji's Viti Levu

    12/13/2005 12:54:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 285+ views
    Radio New Zealand ^ | December 13, 2005
    Fiji' Mineral Resources Department has issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas near Labasa and the north west coast of Viti Levu. Fiji TV reports that this follows an undersea earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale 160km north west of Labasa this afternoon. No reports of damage have been received yet. But a spokesman for the Mineral Resources Department, Lasarusa Vuetibau, says an undersea earthquake of this type which occurred 29km below the sea can generate tsunamis. He says people living along coastal areas should be on alert night and be ready to evacuate.
  • Mark Steyn: Bicultural Europe is doomed

    11/14/2005 2:13:32 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 111 replies · 5,978+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 11/15/05 | Mark Steyn
    Three years ago -December 2002 - I was asked to take part in a symposium on Europe and began with the observation: "I find it easier to be optimistic about the futures of Iraq and Pakistan than, say, Holland or Denmark." At the time, this was taken as confirmation of my descent into insanity. I can't see why. Compare, for example, the Iraqi and the European constitutions: which would you say reflected a shrewder grasp of the realities on the ground? Or take last week's attacks in Jordan by a quartet of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's finest suicide bombers. The day...
  • Tonga Dismisses Fiji's Claim on Minerva Reef

    11/02/2005 5:03:45 AM PST · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 3 replies · 413+ views
    Radio New Zealand ^ | 1 Nov 2005 | Staff
    Tonga’s Surveyor General, Tevita Malolo, has dismissed claims from Fiji of ownership of the Minerva reef. The reef, which is south of both Fiji and Tonga, has been claimed by the people of Ono-i-Lau in Fiji’s Lau Group as the traditional fishing ground of their ancestors for centuries. The islanders now say they may have overlooked Minerva Reef when registering their fishing and land rights and have asked the government to secure it for them, despite it being officially claimed by Tonga. But Mr Malolo says the reef, which the kingdom considers two islands, was proclaimed as Tonga’s by its...