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Food prices are rising across the world. What initially seemed to be a temporary spike as supply chains shut down in the early days of the pandemic now appears to be here to stay. The FAO’s Food Price Index hit its highest point in a decade in May 2021, reflecting surging prices for oils, sugar and cereals, along with high but stable prices for meat and dairy produce. In June and July the index fell, but remains up by over 30% year-on-year.

The tiny low-lying Pacific island of Vanuatu said Saturday it will lead a global campaign to get a landmark legal opinion from the UN’s top court on the consequences of global warming.

New Caledonia’s road to independence from France looks promising with Louis Mapou (Louis Mapou élu in French) elected as the first Kanak president on July 8.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) with over 50 years wealth of experience in higher education, stands as a pinnacle of Pacific Regionalism given that it is jointly owned by the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries

A Reddit user says he has spotted a mysterious object in the Pacific which he believes to be a crashed unidentified flying object (UFO). The object was spotted on Google Earth.

One of the largest scale renewable energy projects in the Pacific, Tina Hydro project is progressing in Solomon Islands despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic and protests from landowners.

Defeated Samoan prime minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has proven that leaders who throw a tantrum when they are beaten in a democratic election and can’t accept they lost, aren’t limited to America.

A former United States congressman for Guam says Pacific Islands Forum leaders need to set their own house in order before worrying about external forces.

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Fiji defended their Olympic rugby sevens title with an entertaining 27-12 victory over New Zealand at the Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday.

Fiji defended their rugby sevens title with an action-packed 27-12 victory over New Zealand at the Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday.

Although the Fijians showed poise and grit against the All Blacks over the weekend in Dunedin, the 23-57 loss exposed the continual slide of the three rugby powerhouses in the Pacific – Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

A new sport will soon try and make its mark in PNG and will target the core of PNG sport.

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Palau’s Minister of Health, Emais Roberts, said the country was COVID free and one of the first Pacific nations to have completed their vaccine rollout.

Niue’s Health Minister, Sauni Tongatule, says 97 per cent of Niueans have now been administered with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine roll-out, which took place in early June.

Cook Islands’ tourism outlook for the next six months is positive, says the country’s Tourism Corporation chief executive officer Halatoa Fua.

The State of Hawaii has opened its borders to French Polynesian visitors from June 21 on the condition they have been tested negative from the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), 72 hours before departure.

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