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Climate of repression a dark cloud over upcoming elections in Fiji
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 13 November 2018 (IPS) - Since incumbent Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama seized power in a coup in 2006, Fijians have seen their civic freedoms increasingly restricted through repressive laws and policies.

Venezuelan migrants live in shadows on Caribbean islands
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, 13 November 2018 (Guardian) - Curaçao hosts 16,000 undocumented Venezuelans who live under threat of summary deportation and many more have fled crisis at home to Trinidad and Tobago.

Planned flying fox cull will harm endangered species
WASHINGTON, US, 12 November 2018 (UPI) - Officials in Mauritius are planning to cull flying foxes, the large bat species native to the small African island nation. Farmers blame the bat for commercial fruit losses, but scientists argue a cull is unnecessary and could spell the end for the endangered species.

History of mysterious Jamaican monkey revealed
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2018 (BBC) - A mysterious extinct monkey from Jamaica that is unlike any other in the fossil record has South American roots, according to new evidence.

PNG PM's firm won $32m contract despite 'serious irregularities'
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2018 (Guardian) - A company owned by Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, won a $32m government contract to build bridges in the country via a process with “serious procurement irregularities” that may have violated anti-corruption guidelines, the Guardian can reveal.

Canada's salmon hold the key to saving its killer whales
VANCOUVER ISLAND, Canada, 12 November 2018 (Guardian) - Days before the start of the summer fishing season, when guides and outfitters on Canada’s west coast gamble their financial prospects for the year, fishing lodge owner Ryan Chamberland received devastating news.

Maldives: climate change could actually help coral islands rise again
NEWCASTLE, UK, 12 November 2018 (The Conversation) - At the southern tip of the Maldives, on the tiny island of Villingili, a patch of ground rises to tower a whole 2.4m above the sea. It’s the world’s lowest high point.

Indonesia leans on businesses to do more about plastic waste
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, 12 November 2018 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government is set to make consumer goods manufacturers more responsible for managing the waste from their product packaging, in a bid to tackle one of the worst plastic trash problems in the world.