Pacific

Crumbling roads, rising prices: Solomon Islands election highlights frustrations, flashpoints

Beijing’s funding has met some of the Pacific island country’s development needs.

Solomon Islands election to test pro-China leader’s hold on power

Voters in the Pacific island country are concerned by crumbling roads and lack of economic opportunity.

US Coast Guard gets enhanced powers in Samoa’s waters

Coast Guard officers will be able to board and inspect vessels without a Samoan law enforcement officer present.

Papua New Guinea’s reopened Porgera gold mine faces renewed strife

The police commissioner has ordered illegal miners to leave Porgera Valley within 48 hours or face eviction.

Scenes from election day in the Solomon Islands

“I’m really looking forward to some change,” says a local who was waiting to vote.

Papua New Guinea’s reopened Porgera gold mine faces renewed strife

The police commissioner has ordered illegal miners to leave Porgera Valley within 48 hours or face eviction.