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Fiji Braces for Killer Cyclone

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Pacific island nation of Fiji is bracing for a powerful cyclone that ripped through Samoa last week, leaving at least three people dead, several others missing and thousands homeless. Officials said Sunday that dozens of evacuation shelters have been set up in northern Fiji, ahead of 300-kilometer winds approaching the Pacific nation. The storm […]

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Fiji Surveys Aftermath of Deadly Storms

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least five people are dead after a week of heavy rains and severe flooding swamped the Pacific island nation of Fiji. As many as 11,000 people in Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu were forced from their homes into evacuation shelters to escape the impact of Tropical Cyclone Daphne as it passed by the […]

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UN Rights Chief Welcomes Fiji’s Lifting of Emergency Rule

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.N. official for human rights is welcoming a move by Fiji’s government to cancel its emergency rule but continues to express concern about the political situation there. In a statement Monday, Navi Pillay encouraged Fiji’s government to take concrete steps to ensure the rule of law and build on what she called “positive […]

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Fiji Announces Lifting of State of Emergency

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama said Monday that he will lift a two-year state of emergency next Saturday and begin a process of drafting a new constitution leading to new elections in 2014. In his New Year’s message, Mr. Bainimarama stressed that public order would be maintained and that he would soon announce nationwide consultations […]

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7.2 earthquake Shakes Fiji

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken the Pacific island nation of Fiji. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning has been issued. Friday morning’s quake was centered about 120 kilometers southwest of Ndoi Island, 593 kilometers below the surface of the Pacific.

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