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The leeward side of fortune | The Economist

The economic deck is stacked against the tiny countries of the Pacific THE phrase “Pacific island” conjures images of white-sand beaches, turquoise seas and cocktails served in halved coconuts. Alas, the reality is not quite so blissful. Most of the countries of the Pacific are poor and poorly run. Their …

MH370 search team finds second shipwreck – BBC News

Search teams looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 think they have stumbled across a 19th-century shipwreck. Search teams looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 think they have stumbled across a 19th-Century shipwreck. Underwater sonar equipment turned up a strange object more than two miles beneath the waves just …

Australasia feels the heat | The Economist

Low-lying islands take the moral high ground AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have never found it easy to corral Pacific-island leaders into supporting their initiatives. It is getting harder. Pacific politicians are no longer so dependent on aid from their rich neighbours, and they have greater capacity to embarrass them on …

Thai govt seeks $11.12b budget for new flood plan|Asia-Pacific|chinadaily.com.cn

BANGKOK – Thailand’s government will seek cabinet approval next week for a 350 billion baht ($11.12 billion) budget for infrastructure and water management to prevent a repeat of the country’s recent flood crisis, a top official said on Saturday. The government’s post-flood rehabilitation taskforce would propose the budget for flood …