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Thursday  5 May  -  6:40 pm  NZT

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West Papua report dismisses Canberra's claims

Claims by Canberra that the plight of West Papuans in the Indonesian region is improving are false, according to an Australian Catholic Church fact finding mission's report.

Nauru acknowledges refugee distress

A leading government minister in Nauru says he understands that it is distressing for refugees that they have few long-term solutions offered to them.

More PNG police flown into Manus camp

The Papua New Guinea police commander for Manus Island says he's deployed eight staff at the asylum seeker detention centre.

Samoa police charge 22 students over brawls

The police in Samoa have charged 22 students over recent fights involving several schools.

NZ govt concerned about human rights abuses in Papua

The New Zealand government has reiterated its concerns about human rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua region.

Tentative New Caledonia nickel rescue deal

New Caledonia's provinces have approved a French state loan to help the territory's biggest private sector employer, the SLN nickel company, restructure its operations.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 5 May 2016

An estimated 160,000 still affected by PNG drought; Journalist detainee says PNG police controlling Manus Island facility; Australia urged to find immediate solution for refugees; Samoa brawl school closed amid calls for corporal punishment; And West Papuan demonstrations on the rise

An estimated 160,000 still affected by PNG drought

International agencies in Papua New Guinea are planning to provide more food support to tens of thousands of drought victims.

Detainee says PNG police controlling Manus Island facility

A Kurdish Iranian journalist detained in the Manus Island offshore processing facility says Papua New Guinea police have taken control of the compound.

Samoa brawl school closed amid calls for corporal punishment

Another incident of school students brawling in Samoa has some in the country calling for a return to corporal punishment.

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 5 May 2016

Australia urged to find immediate solution for refugees; West Papuan demonstrations on the rise; There are hopes in Tonga that the numbers of women in politics will be boosted by upcoming local government elections; What some NGOs are doing to cope with declining assistance from traditional donors; The United Nations helps make big improvements to markets for women vendors in several parts of the Pacific.

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