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China reportedly reaches secret deal with Cuba
WASHINGTON, US, 8 June 2023 (Reuters) - China has reached a secret deal with Cuba to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island roughly 100 miles (160km) from Florida, the Wall Street Journal has reported, but the US and Cuban governments cast strong doubt on the report.

Native Hawaiians being forced out of expensive island life
NEW YORK, US, 8 June 2023 (ABC) - On a quiet May morning, Cece Cullen practices hula with her husband and kids in their Las Vegas neighborhood. Cullen and her fellow dancers are part of a growing migration of Hawaiians who are leaving the islands for the mainland. The migration reached a tipping point in 2021, and now more Native Hawaiians live in the continental United States than on the islands. 

To restore reefs dying in warming seas, UAE turns to coral nurseries
ABU DHABI, UAE, 9 June 2023 (AP) - On a boat off the coast of an island near Abu Dhabi, marine scientist Hamad al-Jailani feels the corals, picked from the reef nursery and packed in a box of seawater, and studies them carefully, making sure they haven’t lost their color. The corals were once bleached. Now they’re big, healthy and ready to be moved back to their original reefs in the hope they’ll thrive once more.

We need to talk about deep blue carbon
NEW YORK, US, 8 June 2023 (IPS) - Almost half of the world’s population lives in coastal zones. For islands in the Pacific and Caribbean islands such as Dominica, where up to 90 percent of the population lives on the coast, the ocean is fundamental to lives and livelihoods. From fisheries to tourism and shipping, this essential body which covers over 70 percent of the planet, is a lifeline.

Marine Protected Areas, explained
VICTORIA, Canada, 8 June 2023 (Hakai) - Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the tools often touted to help sustain the ocean into the future. After attending the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress earlier this year, and also after writing for eight years about MPAs in the virtual pages of Hakai Magazine, we’ve come to realize there can be a lot of confusion about what, exactly, qualifies an area as an MPA. 

Three acquitted in Sicilian 'cattle mafia' case
PALERMO, Italy, 8 June 2023 (Guardian) - Three men accused of threatening three Sicilian sisters who claimed to have been targeted by the local mafia have been acquitted due to lack of evidence. The sisters claimed to be victims of the so-called “cattle mafia”, a group of mobsters accused of driving farmers from their lands with intimidation campaigns in order to obtain EU agricultural subsidies.