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At Australia mine, Glencore balances reforestation drive, coal profit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia (Reuters) – At Glencore’s aging Mt Owen open-cut coal mines north of Sydney, a team of scientists and engineers is restoring woodlands to mined-out fields, aiming to burnish the company’s environmental credentials...

29th June

Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China plans rival meet

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will set up a defence school to train Pacific island militaries, Canberra’s new Pacific minister said, amid mounting competition for security ties in the region and as China lays plans for a rival meeting to next month’s Pacific Islands Forum. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific...

‘Not worth the risk’: Palau, Fiji call for deep-sea mining moratorium

LISBON (Reuters) – Concerned about the potential impacts of deep-sea mining on ocean biodiversity, the Pacific islands of Palau and Fiji on Monday launched an “alliance” to call for a moratorium of the nascent industry. The backing of a moratorium comes amid a wave of global interest in deep-sea mining but also growing pressure from...

27th June

Foreign investment interest noted

The Fiji Immigration Department has noted an upward trend in foreign visitors showing interest to invest locally. Acting Immigration director Amelia Komaisavai noted this during the Fiji-New Zealand, New Zealand-Fiji Business Council’s annual conference in Nadi. “Fiji Immigration is facilitating investment permits on business projects approved by Investment Fiji so during the period of 2018-2019,...

26th June

$2.6bn to revive Fijian economy during COVID-19 pandemic

The Reserve Bank of Fiji injected about $1.6 billion into the banking system during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Ariff Ali. He made the comments while speaking at the Fiji New Zealand and New Zealand Fiji Business Councils 2022 Joint Conference yesterday. He said RBF also invested in Government...

WHO says over 900 probable cases of acute hepatitis reported in children

(Reuters) – Thirty-three countries have reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children so far, a jump of 270 from May, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The WHO said that the European Region accounted for half the probable cases, including 267 from the United Kingdom, while a third of the...

25th June

World faces unprecedented global hunger crisis, U.N. chief says

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – There is a “real risk” of multiple famines this year, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday and urged ministers meeting on food security to take practical steps to stabilize food markets and reduce commodity price volatility. “We face an unprecedented global hunger crisis,” Guterres told the meeting in Berlin via...

China’s envoy calls on new Australian government to repair bilateral ties

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s ambassador said on Friday Australia had fired the “first shot” in deteriorating trade relations but that there was an opportunity to improve bilateral ties if the new government in Canberra took action. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the biggest customer for its iron ore, but relations have deteriorated in...

China’s envoy calls on new Australian government to repair bilateral ties

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s ambassador said on Friday Australia had fired the “first shot” in deteriorating trade relations but that there was an opportunity to improve bilateral ties if the new government in Canberra took action. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the biggest customer for its iron ore, but relations have deteriorated in...

Australia looks to mend French ties on PM visit after submarine row

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit France next week as his new Labor government looks to repair relations strained last year when Australia scrapped a French submarine deal. Australia cancelled the multi-billion-dollar order with France’s Naval Group and chose an alternative deal with the United States and Britain to buy nuclear...

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