Briefly

TC Keni hits Tonga

Disaster authorities in Tonga say power is off on the southern island of ‘Eua but the main island of Tongatapu is relatively unscathed by Cyclone Keni. The cyclone moved to the south-southwest of Tonga as a Category 3 storm yesterday morning.

Naval base fear

THE Australian Prime Minister has warned China not to consider building military bases on South Pacific Islands. “The maintenance of peace and stability in the Pacific is of utmost importance to Australia,” Malcolm Turnbull said.