The battle for influence in the sparsely populated Pacific matters because each of the tiny island states has a vote at international forums like the United Nations, and they also control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
Micronesians have come to the United States in larger numbers since 1986. Most settle in nearby Pacific islands, like Guam or Hawaii. But a few come a little farther. To Missouri, for example, where a large Micronesian population has grown up.
Palestinians scored a diplomatic victory on Thursday when the United Nations General Assembly granted their request for nonmember observer status, rejecting a call from Israel and the United States to put that off until Israel and the Palestinians reach a permanent peace agreement.
For centuries the islanders of Yap were renowned in the Pacific for their navigational skills. Recently, there's been a resurgence of interest among young Yapese in learning this ancient skill. The World's Mary Kay Magistad went sailing with some of them.
On the Pacific Island of Yap, you can't exactly keep change in your pocket when dealing in the local currency. It's stone and up to twelve feet across. Its origins go back millennia. The money is still used. From PRI's The World.
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