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HONG KONG (Reuters) —  Shares of Macau casino operators plummeted as much as a third on Wednesday, losing about $18 billion in value, as the government kicked off a regulatory overhaul that could see its officials supervising companies in the world's largest gambling hub.

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MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered members of his cabinet to get his consent before appearing at Senate investigations, fueling accusations from activists and some politicians of an attempt to stifle scrutiny.

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 14, 2021, Teresa Filepin, consul general of the Federated States of Micronesia based in the U.S. Territory of Guam, sent a request to the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs for the consulate to be temporarily closed, with its staff revert…

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MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines' capital region will exit wide-scale coronavirus restrictions from Thursday, as the government launches a pilot test of localized lockdowns, amid efforts to balance reopening the economy and containing the spread of the coronavirus.

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — A three-person team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently wrapped up a three-week trip to Kosrae State in the Federated States of Micronesia, during which they were able to work closely with Kosrae State Government, th…

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam lost four more lives on Sept. 8, raising the island’s death toll linked to Covid-19 to 159, the Joint Information Center confirmed Friday evening.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday there was a need for a comprehensive review of his country's alliance with the United States, complaining Manila got less from its relationship with Washington than non-treaty allies despite growing pressu…

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AUCKLAND (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police network says one of the biggest challenges countries in the region face with drugs washing up on their shores is geography and that Covid-19 could be making recruitment easier for drug traffickers.

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KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The two identified Covid-19 positive cases have recovered and released from hospital after testing negative two times, 24 hours apart after nearly 14 days in quarantine according to Palau's Ministry of Health & Human Services.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's Covid-19-related deaths increased by two to 153 and the number of hospitalized patients went up to 63 on Tuesday.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) — Covid-19 daily infections in Sydney fell for a third straight day on Tuesday but still lingered near record levels as the outbreak spurred a spike in vaccination rates in the hard-hit western suburbs of Australia's largest city.

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SEOUL (Reuters) — North Korea has elevated a general long seen as a rising star in the country's powerful military and a major player in its missile program to a position in the presidium of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea or WPK politburo, state media reported on Tuesday.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's latest wave of Covid-19 cases is becoming so severe that hospital beds are starting to run out, daily numbers of new cases hover between 100 and 200, and both the unvaccinated and fully vaccinated are ending up at hospitals, but the Delta variant is jus…

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MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denied allegations that medical supplies like personal protective equipment and face masks were overpriced, lashing out at lawmakers probing government officials over emergency purchases last year.

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POHNPEI (AP/Pacnews) —  Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo said Wednesday he’ll continue to walk around his island nation without fear, despite an alleged death threat against him over his government’s vaccine mandate.

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(U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Public Affairs) — The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed suit against the Territory of Guam and the Guam Retirement Fund or GRF alleging defendants violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 or USE…

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Singapore's high court ordered two news bloggers to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a combined S$370,000 ($275,113) in damages on Wednesday, over an article about the status of the home of his late father and the city-state's modern-day founder, Lee Kuan Yew.

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TOKYO (Reuters) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to replace an unpopular long-term ally as he seeks to shore up support ahead of a party leadership election he must win before the general election planned for October, media said on Tuesday.

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MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time aide has rejected the endorsement of the ruling party to run as its candidate in the May 2022 elections, a development that some analysts said may open the way for Duterte's daughter to stand.

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SUVA (Pacnews) — Fiji has recorded 396 new cases of Covid-19 Sunday, increasing the total number of cases 45,957 and 477 death since the outbreak in April.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — As Guam's recent Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations rates have gone from bad to worse, coupled with mandatory vaccination executive orders, the number of people lining up to get vaccinated has gotten longer than usual.

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's Covid-19 Area Risk Score nearly quadrupled from 7.7 more than a week ago to 23.4 on Wednesday as the number of hospitalized patients and new infections increased further, according to data from the government of Guam's Joint Information Center.