Today in History for January 11th

Highlights of this day in history: U.S. government warns of smoking risks, Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across Pacific, Major League Baseball introduces designated hitter. (Jan. 11)

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Thousands gather in Colombia for Blacks and Whites’ Carnival | AFP

Thousands of people watch performers, entertainers, and dancers on floats in the annual Blacks and Whites’ Carnival in the southern Colombian city of Pasto, one of the country’s largest festivals that has its origins in the Andean, Amazonian and Pacific cultural expressions.

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Palau bans ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreen | AFP

A ban on sunscreens has come into effect in the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau, where strict new environmental measures also include one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries.

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Pentagon tests long-banned missile over Pacific

The Pentagon says it’s conducted a flight test Thursday of a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Dec. 12)

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Measles epidemic devastates Samoa | AFP

Samoa struggles to combat a devastating measles outbreak that has killed dozens of children, as a mass immunisation drive is set to shutdown government in the tiny Pacific nation of 200,000 so public servants can help the vaccination campaign.

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Vaccination and the immune system | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining how vaccinations work. Samoa ordered a government shutdown to help combat a devastating measles outbreak Monday, as five more children succumbed to the virus, lifting the death toll in the tiny Pacific nation to 53.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Vaccination and the immune system | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining how vaccinations work. A measles epidemic in Samoa has now claimed 25 lives, with children bearing the brunt of the deadly outbreak, official data in the Pacific island nation showed Monday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Pacific archipelago votes to become world’s newest nation | AFP

The resource-rich Pacific archipelago of Bougainville will hold a landmark referendum Saturday on independence from Papua New Guinea, a vote that could create the world’s newest nation.

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Bushfires wreak havoc in Australia’s east | AFP

Dozens of bushfires rage out of control across eastern Australia, blocking escape routes for residents and shuttering the main highway linking major cities on the country’s Pacific coast.

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Deep-sea explorers find Battle of Midway warships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese warship deep in the Pacific where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. (Oct. 20)

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Deep-sea explorers hunt for sunken WWII ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on sonar readings of debris fields deep in the Pacific. They recently discovered a Japanese aircraft carrier that went down during the Battle of Midway. (Oct. 18)

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‘Ocean Cleanup’ ship sweeps first Pacific plastic | AFP

Dutchman Boyan Slat, the 25-year-old founder of Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation, announces at a press conference in Rotterdam that he has caught plastic for the first time on a large scale in the Pacific Ocean with a new system.

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Shipwrecked Colombians cling to cocaine bales | AFP

Three suspected drug smugglers survived in shark-infested Pacific waters by clinging for hours to floating bales of cocaine, Colombia’s navy says. The three Colombians are suspected of smuggling 1.2 tons of cocaine from Tumaco in Colombia when their boat was hit by a wave and capsized.

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Hawaii corals suffer amid Pacific heatwave

Hawaii’s coral are suffering widespread bleaching after months of record heat in the Pacific. Researchers fear a repeat of conditions in 2015, when hot water was blamed for the death of nearly half of all coral in some island locations. (Sept. 23)

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Children in Australia, Pacific launch global climate strike | AFP

Children in Australia kick off a millions-strong global climate strike Friday — heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults take action to stave off environmental disaster.

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Spaniard paddles from US West coast to Hawaii

Antonio de la Rosa began a journey in June that would take him 2,500 miles across the ocean, from the California coast to Hawaii. He made the trip in 76 days, using only paddle power to make his way across the Pacific. (Aug. 27)

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Plastic junk spawns desert island disaster in Pacific | AFP

Floating plastic garbage has swamped a remote Pacific island once regarded as an environmental jewel and scientists say little can be done to save it while a throwaway culture persists.

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Coast Guard siezes alledged drug sub in Pacific

The U.S. Coast Guard says a cutter interdicted a submarine suspected of smuggling drugs in the Pacific Ocean. A video shows Coast Guard officers boarding the submarine and ordering those inside to open the hatch. (June 18)

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Chile prepares for a spectacular total solar eclipse | AFP

Day will briefly turn to night over large parts of Chile and Argentina as a total eclipse of the Sun plunges a vast swath of the southern Pacific and the cone of South America into darkness.

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