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New Lianyungang-Almaty container train launched

A new regular container train Lianyungang-Almaty has been launched on February 25.

New Lianyungang-Almaty container train launched
Pacific states say tuna talks making slow progress
Pacific states say tuna talks making slow progress

Pacific island states expressed frustration at a lack of progress in talks aimed at protecting the region's valuable tuna resources.

Pacific states say tuna talks making slow progress
Vance becomes hurricane in Pacific Ocean
Vance becomes hurricane in Pacific Ocean

A powerful storm in the eastern Pacific strengthened to hurricane status, but it remains far away from land, US forecasters said.

Vance becomes hurricane in Pacific Ocean
Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau
Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau

Tourists in Palau clamour to dive among the predators thanks to a pioneering conservation initiative.

Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau
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Kazakhstan and Fiji to sign visa-free regime

Kazakhstan has agreed to sign a agreement with the Republic of Fiji.

Kazakhstan and Fiji to sign visa-free regime
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US joins bid to create vast Pacific marine reserve

The United States joined forces with other nations Tuesday to declare a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean a marine sanctuary and take "historic" steps to combat illegal fishing.

US joins bid to create vast Pacific marine reserve
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Pacific nations look to increase tuna fishing fees

Pacific island nations announced plans to dramatically increase the fees they charge tuna fishing boats for the right to enter their waters, saying it will boost revenue and help conservation efforts.

Pacific nations look to increase tuna fishing fees
SpaceX's Dragon capsule.Photo courtesy of space.com
SpaceX supply capsule heads back to Earth

The unmanned Dragon capsule from US firm SpaceX landed safely in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico's coast Sunday, hours after undocking from the International Space Station.

SpaceX supply capsule heads back to Earth
Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos
Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos

An Ecuadoran freighter ran aground Friday in the Galapagos islands, but "for the moment" does not pose a threat to the Pacific archipelago's unique environment, the Galapagos National Park said.

Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos
Panama Canal to earn $3.1 bn a year, less than expected
Panama Canal to earn $3.1 bn a year, less than expected

A widened Panama Canal is expected to bring in some $3.1 billion per year, considerably less than earlier estimates, the official responsible for the waterway told AFP.

Panama Canal to earn $3.1 bn a year, less than expected
Japan kills 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt
Japan kills 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt

Japan killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt
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Canadian solo yachtsman rescued from Pacific

A Canadian solo sailor was rescued from his sinking yacht after five days adrift in the Pacific battling rough weather, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said Tuesday.

Canadian solo yachtsman rescued from Pacific
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake
President of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Fiji sets September 17 for return to democracy

Fiji's military rulers Friday set September 17 as the date for the South Pacific nation's first democratic elections in nearly eight years following a military coup.

Fiji sets September 17 for return to democracy
Jamil El Sayed, Lebanon's former head of General Security. ©Reuters/Hussam Shbaro
Marshalls govt wins confidence vote over Lebanese general

The government of the Marshall Islands on Tuesday defeated a motion of no confidence brought after it nominated a former Lebanese general -- a suspect in a deadly bombing -- as its ambassador to UNESCO.

Marshalls govt wins confidence vote over Lebanese general
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Red Cross hails Pacific disaster aid breakthrough

The Red Cross said Tuesday that an agreement with Pacific island nations designed to stop bureaucracy hampering disaster relief would save lives in emergencies.

Red Cross hails Pacific disaster aid breakthrough
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Trade winds spur hiatus in global warming: study

An unprecedented spike in Pacific trade winds has seen global warming slow significantly in the past 12 years but the effect is only temporary and temperatures will surge.

Trade winds spur hiatus in global warming: study
Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents
Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents

For Salvadoran couple Ricardo and Maria Julia Alvarenga, the reappearance of their son after his incredible story of survival adrift in the Pacific for 13 months is nothing short of a miracle.

Pacific castaway's story a 'miracle' for his parents
Pacific castaway lands back in civilisation
Pacific castaway lands back in civilisation

Sporting a bushy beard and clutching a can of Coke, a castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean arrived in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro.

Pacific castaway lands back in civilisation
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Mexican castaway 'getting better' after months adrift in Pacific

A Mexican man who claims to have survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific was Saturday regaining strength on a remote Marshall Islands atoll as a navy ship was sent to pick him up.

Mexican castaway 'getting better' after months adrift in Pacific