The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has confirmed New Zealand as the likely source of Samoa's measles epidemic, compounding its responsibility for the disease's arrival.
Measles has killed 72 people in Samoa since October, in a deadly catastrophe that has highlighted the country's low vaccination rates - just 16 percent had both doses of the measles vaccine last year - and the influence of a growing anti-vaccination movement there.
But critics have also blamed New Zealand for the epidemic.
Australia's aid budget is set for an overhaul, with the Federal Government wanting to "refresh" the objectives behind the nation's foreign aid spending.
With a focus on what Australia's aid aims to achieve, the examination is likely to prompt debate about which countries receive support, how much they get and what for.
But the total amount of foreign aid, worth $4 billion (US$2.7 billion) this financial year, won't be up for discussion despite persistent criticism that Australia spends less as a proportion of national income than comparable countries.
Samoa has been put forward as the host of a conference for information ministers from the Asia-Pacific region as well as key Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) partners.
The Samoa conference proposal was agreed to recently at the Asia Media Summit 2019 in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia from June 12-14. Discussions at the two day summit in the Cambodian province revolved around the topic “Media Digitalisation focusing on Developing Markets” and called for laws to be enacted to fight fake news and cybercrimes.
US President Donald Trump (pictured) said Monday that Congress “can’t impeach” him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his alleged attempts to hamper the investigation.
Defiantly insisting that he did nothing wrong, Trump also denied a portrait of dysfunction in the White House where disobedient aides are said to have saved him from committing obstruction of justice by refusing to carry out his instructions.
MOSCOW: Russian state television has listed US military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that the United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies systems, citing security concerns.
In an interview on Fox Business Network, Pompeo said nations in Europe and elsewhere needed to understand the risks of implementing Huawei's telecommunications equipment and that when they did, they would ultimately not use the company's systems.
The estate of Michael Jackson has sued HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys, saying the film violates a 1992 contract to air a Jackson concert.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that by co-producing and airing Leaving Neverland, as HBO intends to do next month, the cable channel is breaching a deal to not disparage the singer.
The decades-old contract allowed the cable network to air Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour and included language that HBO would not disparage Jackson at any future point.
According to the suit, the film implies Jackson molested children on the very tour that the concert footage came from.
CHINA: The Chinese doctor who claimed he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies has been fired from his job.
But authorities appear to have confirmed his unpublished claims, which sparked international outrage late last year.
Chinese investigators determined Dr He Jiankui acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law, according to state media.
Fiji's re-elected prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been sworn in to office at a ceremony in Suva.
Bainimarama's FijiFirst party will have another four years in power after last week's election.
“I, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama swear that I will be faithful and bare true allegiance for the Republic of Fiji, according to law,” Bainimarama said before a gathering of party members, diplomats, senior members of the military and judiciary at the presidential residence, State House.
Chinese universities are leading Asia’s rise in global rankings as eastern higher education institutions close the gap on their western counterparts, but India lags behind.
British universities Oxford and Cambridge remain at number one and two respectively in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with US institutions dominating the top 100 places in the list.
Stanford maintained its position as the highest ranked US institution in 3rd place, alongside Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 4th, and California Institute of Technology at 5th.
However, Japan has overtaken the UK as the second most represented nation in the table with 103 universities, up from 89, as the UK shows signs of “stagnation and modest decline.” China is leading the eastern hemisphere’s surge with one its universities becoming the top institution in Asia for the first time in the rankings of the best 1,250 research universities around the world.
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