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Tuesday  27 January  -  2:02 pm  NZT

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Pacific News

Two people held over New Caledonia police shooting

Police in New Caledonia have arrested two people, including a minor, over last week's shooting in Canala where two policemen were injured by gunfire.

Proposal to legalise medical marijuana in CNMI

A bill to legalise marijuana for medicinal purposes in the Northern Marianas has been pre-filed by Senator Sixto Igisomar.

Hunger strike ends in PNG's Manus Island

A hunger strike on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has ended, after a 13-day protest of Australia's immigration policies keeping asylum seekers locked up.

Samoan PM calls on minister to step down

The Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has called on the Associate Education Minister to resign.

Solomons PM to launch policies

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is launching his government's Policy Framework today.

Papuans to ask for MSG membership

The West Papua National Liberation Front will submit its application for West Papua to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group by the end of the next week.

Latest from Dateline Pacific

  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 January 2015 ( 19′ 48″ )

    Tonga tries to reverse a tide of secondary school dropouts; calls for Indonesia's president to follow through on his campaign promise of addressing human rights issues in Papua; health authorities in Tonga ask people to improve sanitation practices in the wake of a typhoid outbreak; coral reefs in the north Pacific are struggling to survive coral bleaching; and a new study hopes to improve the lives of Tongan children.

  • School drop out rate in Tonga concerning ( 2′ 53″ )

    Non-government organisations and regional bodies are urgently trying to curb the alarming rate of secondary school drop outs in Tonga as it climbs to around an average of 1,000 a year since 2008.

  • Tonga moves to avoid another Typhoid outbreak ( 3′ 07″ )

    The Director of Health in Tonga says many residents need to improve their sanitation practices and facilities if the kingdom is to avoid another typhoid outbreak.

  • Tongan child health study gains EU support ( 3′ 14″ )

    Two non-government organisations in Tonga are using money from the European Union to conduct a three year study into rates of violence against children, including those with disabilities.

  • Dateline Pacific evening edition for 26 January 2015 ( 21′ 00″ )

    Papuan rights groups doubt Widodo follow-through; Academic calls for 'transparency' over Fiji TV fiasco; environmentalist warns coral bleaching gettting worse in the Marshalls; and Pacific countries are given December deadline for PACER PLUS negotiations.