JAKARTA -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku on Friday, but there was no initial report of damage or casualties in the country, weather agency and disaster officials said.
The country's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency did not issue a warning for a tsunami as the jolts did not potentially trigger giant waves. (Indonesia-Earthquake)
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TARAWA -- Kiribati and China pledged here on Friday to enhance cooperation in building the Belt and Road, dealing with climate change and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
While meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Kiribati President and Foreign Minister Taneti Maamau said the visit by the Chinese delegation brings mutual trust, friendship and cooperation, which bears milestone significance in the relations between Kiribati and China. (Kiribati-China-Ties)
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SUVA -- Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong has paid a two-day visit to Fiji.
During her visit, Wong, who arrived in Fiji on Thursday afternoon, met with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General Henry Puna. (Fiji-Australian FM-Visit)
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TOKYO -- Japan's health minister said on Friday that there have been no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Japan.
Shigeyuki Goto made the remarks at a press briefing amid concerns over rising numbers of cases of monkeypox infections being confirmed in a number of countries. (Japan-Monkeypox)