Marshallese president applauds arrest in adoptions case
PHOENIX (AP) — The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Thursday applauded U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme...
Lawyer says Arizona official miscast as human smuggler
PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for an Arizona elected official charged in three states in an international adoption scheme said Tuesday prosecutors have miscast his client as a human...
Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that the court will decide individual outcomes to 19 statewide adoption cases against an Arizona elected official accused of human...
Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were...
The Latest: Adoptions in trafficking scheme won’t be undone
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona county official accused of human smuggling in an adoption fraud scheme (all times local):
They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.
Marshall Islands confirms diplomatic support for Taiwan
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Marshall Islands has confirmed its support for Taiwan after two other small Pacific Island nations switched their diplomatic allegiance to China.
Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report...
Global Ship Lease: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AP) _ Global Ship Lease Inc. (GSL) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $9.6 million.
The Majuro, Marshall Islands-based company said it had profit of 38...
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A fiery streak lit up the California sky as the U.S. Air Force conducted an early morning test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic...
Taiwan leader to tour Pacific allies, with Hawaii stopover
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen left Thursday on a tour of diplomatic allies in the Pacific that will end with a stopover in Hawaii.
Arkansas courts seek Marshallese interpreters
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas court officials are looking for Marshallese language interpreters because a lack of qualified interpreters has courts turning to out-of-state help over the phone or video, which officials said isn't ideal in some cases.
US helping rescue 24 fishing crew on grounded Pacific ship
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A large Chinese-flagged fishing ship ran aground on a remote Pacific atoll early Thursday, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it was helping coordinate the rescue of its 24 crew members.
Micronesia: Scenic island-hopping and a lesson in letting go
POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia (AP) — I'm panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. "Trip of a lifetime," I sarcastically thought as we made our way back to land with an upside-down kayak, our cameras and cellphone ruined.
How did I end up drenched, emotionally drained and out a few thousand dollars in electronics in this remote island nation, one might ask? More importantly, here's why it was totally worth it.
AP Travel: A Minute in the Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands creates its own virtual money to pay bills
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AP) — The tiny Marshall Islands is creating its own digital currency in order to raise some hard cash to pay bills and boost the economy.
The Pacific island nation said it became the first country in the world to recognize a cryptocurrency as its legal tender when it passed a law this past week to create the digital "Sovereign," or SOV. In the nation of 60,000, the cryptocurrency will have equal status with the U.S. dollar as a form of payment.
In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing.
His grandfather built canoes and his father tended the land. With fewer than 150 people on the remote Pacific island it was a close community, he says, with few signs of the former U.S. nuclear testing program other than the concrete bunkers he was told to avoid and the sunken ships in the lagoon.
Tony de Brum, global voice for fighting climate change, dies
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tony de Brum saw the effects of rising seas from his home in the Marshall Islands and became a leading advocate for the landmark Paris Agreement and an internationally recognized voice in the fight against climate change.
De Brum, who was the Pacific nation's climate ambassador and former foreign minister, died Tuesday in the capital Majuro surrounded by his family, according to Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine. He was 72.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will release $1.2 million to the state as partial compensation for the result of migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.
These funds are in addition to the $12.6 million already released to Hawaii for fiscal year 2017.
Question raised about timeline of Amelia Earhart documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — A Japanese military history buff has apparently undermined a new theory that Amelia Earhart survived a crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean during her historic attempted round-the-world flight in 1937.
Finder of potential game-changing Earhart pix tells story
NEW YORK (AP) — The retired federal agent who discovered what he believes is the first photographic evidence of Amelia Earhart alive and well after crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean during her attempted round-the-world flight says he didn't initially capture the significance of the image until years later.
Amelia Earhart did not die in a Pacific plane crash, a newly revealed photo suggests
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Could a grainy, black-and-white photo, long buried in the National Archives, offer new evidence to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery?
The famous Kansas-born aviatrix disappeared on July 2, 1937, while attempting to fly around the world. The most widely held theory is that she crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the Marshall Islands is appealing for help to convince U.S. President Donald Trump of the need to fight global warming following his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
President Hilda Heine told European Union lawmakers Wednesday that "we all have a duty to work together to convince President Trump of the importance of climate action."
Volunteers provide women’s health services on isolated Pacific island
From a wing in one of two hospitals serving the Marshall Islands, Flathead Valley medical workers joined a team of doctors to treat a growing line of patients, many who had waited years to visit a women's health clinic.
In the pop-up clinic's two weeks, the volunteer gynecology specialty team treated more than 450 patients. The group, organized by the nonprofit Canvasback Missions, included eight medical workers from the Flathead.
Diabetes prevalence (ages 20-79): 21.33%Percent above global prevalence: 83.17%Total number of diabetes cases (ages 20-79): 6,678Number of diabetes related deaths (ages 20-79): 169Average annual amount spent per person with diabetes (international dollars): $928.50
Being New Zealand’s leader has its perks _ like tuna fishing
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Being the leader of a small nation comes with its perks — like going tuna fishing.
In his farewell speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recounted the time he visited the Marshall Islands in 2013 for a meeting of Pacific leaders and managed to squeeze in some deep-sea fishing.
- Business WireThe Republic of the Marshall Islands Announces Timed Release Monetary Issuance of the Marshallese SovereignSeptember 11, 2019
- Business WireThe Marshall Islands Announces the Establishment of the SOV Development FundJune 4, 2019
- BusinessWireRMI Announces Blockchain Expert to Assist with Issuance of SOVJanuary 10, 2019
Air Force test-launches Minuteman missile from California
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile has been launched from California's central coast in the latest test of the intercontinental system.
The missile blasted off at 11:39 p.m. PDT Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.
The Air Force says the missile carried test re-entry vehicles that headed for a target area 4,200 miles away to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Mumps outbreak strikes Marshallese population in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An outbreak of mumps has hit a community of Marshall Islanders in northwest Arkansas particularly hard, according to health officials.
Marshallese people accounted for about 60 percent of the state's 2,220 reported cases as of Friday. The outbreak started in August, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2hVVQYf ) reported.
The contagious disease causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks, and is often transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Pacific nation of Kiribati establishes large shark sanctuary
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The island nation of Kiribati has established a large shark sanctuary that will help ensure the creatures are protected across much of the central Pacific.
Vice President Kourabi Nenem said at the sanctuary's launch on Friday that the nation was committed to protecting sharks from exploitation and overfishing.
Kiribati has banned commercial shark fishing in the sanctuary, which is about the size of India.
AP Exclusive: US ignored rising-sea warnings at radar site
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as a baseball. That is, if global warming doesn't get in the way.
World court has no jurisdiction in nuclear disarmament case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday rejected nuclear disarmament cases filed by the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands against Britain, India and Pakistan, saying it did not have jurisdiction.