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24th July

Canada airlifting thousands of trapped migrating salmon upstream

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is airlifting thousands of salmon upstream after a rockslide blocked the path of the migrating fish, triggering concerns of a permanent loss of fish populations, government officials said. The Big Bar...

Police: Meth is being moved in its liquid form in Fiji

METHAMPHETAMINE is also being moved in its liquid form in Fiji, revealed Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Brig-Gen Qiliho said the two main hard drugs that Fiji police were seizing were methamphetamine and cocaine “and in some cases the cocktail of both”. Read the full report on Page 7 of today’s edition of The Fiji...

Villagers angry as Portugal wildfire still rages

VILA DE REI/MACAO, Portugal (Reuters) – After more than 50 hours, firefighters were still battling a wildfire in central Portugal late on Monday, as villagers and local authorities blamed a lack of resources and government inaction for the damage caused by the flames. So far, 39 people had been injured, including one who was in...

Cameroon conservationists heal endangered African gray parrots

LIMBE, Cameroon (Reuters) – Conservationists in Cameroon are trying to save the endangered African gray parrot, one of the world’s most trafficked animals because of its skill at mimicking human speech. Despite trade of the parrot being outlawed at the U.N.’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2016, it remains a popular...

CCF urges authorities to work swiftly with human rights body

THE Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) is urging the Fiji Corrections Service and the Fiji Police Force to work swiftly with the Fiji Human Rights and Anti- Discrimination Commission in combating human rights violations of torture or cruel and degrading treatment. CCF’s made this call after the alleged assault of a 20-year-old remand prisoner at the...

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near West Bank barrier

SUR BAHER, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces demolished a cluster of Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism. Israel said the 10 apartment buildings, most of them still under construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to...

Police investigate woman’s death at her Suva home

THE man who is alleged to have murdered a woman at Service St in Suva had also attempted to take his own life, says Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro. Ms Naisoro said the suspect was the victim’s husband. She said police were still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. Read the...

Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Monday it was investing $1 billion in San Francisco-based OpenAI and that the two had formed a multi-year partnership to develop artificial intelligence supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service. OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a nonprofit with $1 billion in funding from Silicon Valley investors Sam...

Police deaths spark concerns

THE deaths of 17 police officers from January this year has sparked concern, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Speaking in Nadi on Monday, he said prioritising healthy lifestyle practices in the police force was something he was passionate about. Brig-Gen Qiliho met with International Association of Chiefs of Police president (IACP) Chief Paul Cell...

U.S. records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spreads to Ohio, Alaska

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, raising the total number of cases this year to 1,148 in the country’s worst outbreak in a quarter century, federal health officials said on Monday. The 2.2% increase in the number of cases between July 11 and July 18 included new...

High Court allows time to finalise agreed facts in rape case

THE High Court in Suva has given both the defence and the State time to finalise agreed facts and pre-trial conference checklist in a case involving a grandfather accused of rape and sexual related offences. The accused is charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of attempted rape...

23rd July

France finds wreckage of submarine which disappeared in 1968

PARIS (Reuters) – The French Navy has found the wreckage of its ‘Minerve’ submarine, which disappeared off the coast of Toulon in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968, leading to the loss of 52 lives. “We have just found the Minerve. It was a successful operation, a moment of relief and a demonstration of technical prowess....

LTA: Bus drivers have right of way to re-enter carriageway

BUS drivers must be aware of the traffic regulation relating to when they pull away from bus stops, says the Land Transport Authority(LTA). In a statement released today, the authority stated that Traffic Regulations 13 (1) and 87 of the Land Transport (Traffic) Regulation 2000, stated the driver of a motor vehicle must give way...

India’s moon mission lifts off, hopes to probe lunar south pole

SRIHARIKOTA/BENGALURU, India (Reuters) – India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power. If successful, the $146 million mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies on the...

Fiji’s inclusion in IACP will also benefit the region

COMMISISONER of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji’s inclusion as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will also focus on enhancing Pacific law enforcement’s capabilities for the benefit of the region. Speaking to the president of the IACP, Chief Paul Cell, during their meeting today, he said this was in...

Five dozen rescued from building fire in India’s financial capital

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Five dozen people were rescued from a nine-storey government building that caught fire on Monday in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, authorities said. “The rescue operation is nearly done. We are searching every floor of the building to find out whether anybody is left behind,” a fire department official said. Fire broke...

Warning of an instant $10k fine for illegal harvest of grouper fish

FIJI’S Ministry of Fisheries has warned that an instant fine of $10,000 will apply to those caught selling or harvesting the banned grouper fish species – kawakawa and donu. The warning follows reports that people continued to illegally harvest and sell the banned grouper fish. At present, the ministry has placed a ban on the...

Trump denies Iran arrested 17 people accused of being U.S. spies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday categorically denied that Iran had arrested 17 people whom Tehran accused of being CIA spies and had sentenced some to death, calling the reports “totally false.” “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot...

IACP team visits Fiji as part of world tour

A CONTINGENCY from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) led by its president Chief Paul Cell is touring Fiji at present. Speaking during a meeting with the Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho in Nadi yesterday, Chief Cell said the reputation of the Fiji Police preceded itself as one of the predominant leading law...

Bad driving leads to $140 million drug bust in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A clumsy driver led police to a A$200 million ($140 million) drug bust in Australia after he crashed a van laden with 270 kg (600 lb) of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in suburban Sydney. The man, 28, slammed the drug-filled van into the empty police patrol...

Vuniwaqa meets India’s new High Commissioner to Fiji

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa today met the newly-appointed High Commissioner of India to Fiji, Padmaja. Mrs Vuniwaqa while thanking the Indian government for its assistance and support, also said the ministry had had a long ongoing friendship with India, especially in the facilitation of training for rural Fijian women as...

Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people. Under the law, security forces can interrogate suspects without court orders. More than 100 people have been arrested in the...

Indian scientists visit Fiji

A TEAM of Indian scientists is in the country meeting Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau. Fisheries officer Meli Raicebe said the visit from the Indian academics was a follow up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier visit to Fiji. “The group of scientists are from the National Centre for Coastal Research for the Ministry...

At least 17 killed in bomb attack in Somalia capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said. The Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s weak U.N.-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack....

Indian panel recommends cryptocurrency ban

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian government panel has recommended banning all private cryptocurrencies and a jail term of up to 10 years and heavy fines for anyone dealing in digital currencies, which could signal the end of them in India. The panel drew up a report and draft legislation, which will be examined by...

Police: Woman allegedly murdered by spouse at their Suva home

POLICE have just removed the body of a woman who is alleged to have been murdered at her Service Street home in Suva this afternoon. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro while confirming the incident said the suspect is believed to have been the husband of the victim. She said the suspect was admitted at the CWM...

206 new Police recruits attend basic recruit course

A TOTAL of 206 new recruits for the Fiji Police Force have been reminded of their duty to serve by Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. He highlighted this while officiating at the opening of the Basic Recruit course batch 02/19 at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova today. He said from the moment they had...

Japan officials hunt for reasons behind fire that killed 34

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese officials groped on Monday for answers to why a blaze tore through an animation company, amid reports that smoke spread so fast a majority of victims who tried to flee through a rooftop door could not open it in time to escape. One of Japan’s worst mass killings in decades,...

Fiji loses successful singer songwriter

FIJI has lost her most successful singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer with the passing of Daniel Rae Costello. The 58-year-old Lautoka resident passed away in Australia yesterday. He is by far the most outstanding musician that Fiji has ever produced in terms of originality, consistency and he was a stickler for musical perfection at every...

Paris on heatwave alert as France braces for scorching weather

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris authorities on Monday activated a heatwave alert plan for the capital as France prepared for another week of scorching temperatures just a month after a similar heatwave in June. The “level three” alert includes measures to ensure that elderly and vulnerable people are checked up on regularly, and that rooms are...

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