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Fiji: Country in the South Pacific
Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia, part of Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north. Fiji consists of an archipelago of more than 330 islands—of which about 110 are permanently inhabited—and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The most outlying island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 883,483. The capital, Suva, on Viti Levu, serves as the country's principal cruise-ship port. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres such as Nadi—where tourism is the major local industry—or Lautoka, where the sugar-cane industry is paramount. Due to its terrain, the interior of Viti Levu is sparsely inhabited.


Fiji battered by tropical cyclone [Video]

Fiji battered by tropical cyclone

A powerful tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, witnesses said, destroying buildings and causing injuries in the capital Suva. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Australia to send aid to Fiji after cyclone tears across Pacific

Australia is to send humanitarian aid to Fiji after a tropical cyclone caused widespread destruction across the Pacific, Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said on Thursday.
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Cyclone Harold flattens homes, brings injuries in Fiji

A powerful tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, witnesses said, destroying buildings and causing injuries in Suva, the capital, pressuring a population..
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Cyclone Harold tears through Vanuatu, bears toward Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Harold lashed the South Pacific island of Vanuatu for a second day on Tuesday, ripping off roofs and downing telecommunications, and was moving towards Fiji where it is expected to..
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Australia, Fiji to send peacekeeping mission to Middle East

Australia and Fiji will send a joint United Nations peacekeeping mission to a disputed region in the Middle East as soon as next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.
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Fiji PM calls for Australia to 'unite behind the science' of climate change

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama called on Monday on Australia to "unite behind the science" and be far more ambitious in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
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Fiji PM accuses Australia's Morrison of 'insulting' Pacific island nations

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of insulting leaders of Pacific island nations during a regional summit earlier this week, and said Chinese..
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Indonesia looks east to expand Pacific diplomacy, trade

Indonesia will establish diplomatic relations with the Pacific states of Niue and Cook Islands while pursuing trade deals with Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday,..
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Unidentified illness kills young Texas couple in Fiji

A young Texas couple has died from an unidentified illness while vacationing in Fiji. Their cause of death is being investigated, but U.S. officials said the local government has warned of a dangerous..
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Texas couple in Fiji dies of myserious illness

U.S. authorities are looking into what caused a couple from Fort Worth, Texas, to die while on vacation in Fiji. The World Health Organization is assisting in the investigation. Janet Shamlian reports.
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Couple dies of mysterious illness during vacation in Fiji, family says

"They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital," a relative said of David and Michelle Paul of Fort Worth.
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Young Texas parents die of mysterious illness in Fiji

David and Michelle Paul were vacationing on the tropical island from Fort Worth, Texas
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