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Palau Suffers Cyber Attack to Financial Systems

Financial systems within the Pacific island nation of Palau were impacted during a cyber attack on March 26th, payment management went back to manually processing payments likely to make it harder for government employees to get paid. The government is still trying to recover from the attack and making efforts to restore payroll systems. Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. said this...

Chinese Communist Party Leveraging Organized Crime Groups in South Pacific

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been known to leverage organised crime figures to support its United Front Work Department (UFWD) efforts. These ties can be used to advance CCP's agenda by extending its reach and influence beyond traditional political channels. This week, Australia’s  Nine media organisation, aided by Australian intelligence sources, identifies Zhao Fugang, owner of the Yue Lai hotel...

U.S. Senate Passes COFA, Moves to President for Signature

The U.S. Senate passed a spending bill containing the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Amendment Act for the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. The bill now goes to the President's Office, where it will be signed into law by U.S. President Biden. The passage comes two days after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill. The COFA...

Secretary of the Navy Visited the Republic of Palau

Carlos Del Toro visited the Republic of Palau, a strategically important series of islands located in the Pacific, from February 29th to March 1st regarding expanding relations with the Compact of Free Association (COFA) state. Del Toro met with President Surangel Whipps Jr. and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Palau Joel Ehrendreich to discuss the relationship between the COFA...

Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr Announces Re-Election Bid

Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. announced his re-election campaign on February 11th, making him the first candidate for November's 2024 general election. While addressing a crowd in Koksai, Whipps Jr. brought up his administration's accomplishments, like the renegotiation of the Compact of Free Association with the United States and the Comprehensive Tax Reform (PGST). Whipps also mentioned those who are critical...

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Israel Recalls Norwegian and Irish Ambassadors After Palestine State Recognition

Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced he is recalling Israel's ambassadors to Norway and Ireland after the two nations officially announced their recognition of a Palestinian state, and vowed to do the same...