The mental health of refugees detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru has deteriorated so badly that some children are in a "semi-comatose state", unable to eat, drink or talk, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday.
Surrounded by the shelves and furniture her older brother made, 13-year-old Parnian sits in the small, neat living room where she spends much of her time, recalling the day two years ago she watched family friend Omid set himself alight.
China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Nauru should apologize for its behavior, after its president, Baron Waqa, demanded China formally apologize following a dispute with Beijing's representative at this week's Pacific Islands Forum.
The tiny Micronesian state of Nauru is demanding a formal apology after a dispute with China's representative at this week's Pacific Islands Forum brought to the surface tensions with Beijing over its support for Taiwan.
China's envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum was "very insolent" and a "bully" for speaking out of turn during a leaders' meeting, the president of host-nation Nauru said, after an angry exchange made for a tense start to the annual gathering.
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