Japan, increasingly concerned over China’s military buildup and corresponding aggressiveness in the western Pacific, has decided to buy additional F-35 fighter jets and to convert two naval ships into fixed-wing aircraft carriers.
Australia to offer Pacific countries $2.18 billion in grants and cheap loans.
Mexican Marines seize 725 kilos of cocaine and arrested four men.
NBN says it was not economical to expand the fibre network.
Britain has announced a diplomatic expansion in the Pacific, with new posts to open in Samoa, Tonga, and the re-opening of the High Commission in Vanuatu.
One third or more of second graders in Cambodia are unable to read.
Tonga’s neighbours scrambled to deliver emergency relief on after Cyclone Gita.