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Second day of protests on Nauru leads to more mass arrests

A second day of protests by refugees was ended last night with another round of mass arrests, taking the total number of refugees arrested this week to about 100. (VIDEO)

Sport: Fiji golfer to make pro debut

Fijian golfer Sam Lee will make his professional debut at the New Zealand PGA Championship in Auckland on Thursday.

Fiji opposition condemns PMs UN speech

The Fijian opposition says Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday was inaccurate, simplistic and covered up the true predicaments of Indigenous Fijians.

PNG Opposition slams emergency response

PNG's Opposition Leader has criticised the government for being slack in responding to emergencies.

Samoa Police Association not happy with commissioner criteria

The more than 500-strong Samoa Police Association has voiced strong opposition to opening up the position of police commissioner to a person with what they deem limited experience.

Two unopposed seats for Tuvalu election

Two of the 15 seats in the next Tuvalu parliament have already been decided with the single candidates for the two seats on Nukufetau returned unopposed.

Nauru whistleblowers being investigated

A report in Australia says child protection whistleblowers who raised the alarm about child sexual abuse, violence and self-harm on Nauru are being investigated by the Australian federal police.

Tensions high on Nauru amid mass arrests

Refugees are continuing to protest on Nauru, despite the arrest of 40 refugees yesterday and the introduction of heavy-handed limits on public gatherings by authorities. (VIDEO)

Millions needed to help thousands after PNG flooding

The National Disaster Office in Papua New Guinea says about 100,000 people have been affected and may need assistance after heavy rain and floods struck many parts of the country.

New Caledonia best off with France - Sarkozy

A former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, says it should be in the interest of New Caledonia's pro-independence parties to stay with France.

Tonga works towards fisheries agreement implementation

Tonga says it hopes a workshop on Port State Measures will help them combat illegal fishing in their waters.

American Samoa limits immigration sponsorship

A bill that would limit the ability of corporations to sponsor foreigners to live and work in American Samoa is now law.

Samoa calls for more money for renewable energy

Samoa's prime minister has told a regional workshop on energy efficiency that it is vital development banks and donors give more support to capacity building in the renewable sector.

Up to 150 refugees arrested in Nauru

The Australian-based Refugee Action Coalition says up to 150 refugees, including at least one family group with children, have now been arrested on Nauru.

McCully pushed to raise abuses with Indonesia

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully has been criticised for not raising concerns over human rights abuses with his visiting Indonesian counterpart.

Nauru protestors face jail for assembly

Nauru police have placed draconian limits on protesting by refugees on the island.

Violence committed by Nauru police - refugee advocate

An advocate for the asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru has dismissed claims by the Nauru president that refugees are resorting to violence.

Solomons PM calls for more land to be freed up

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has called for Solomon Islanders' support in freeing up their land for development.

Tahiti due for fresh French Senate election in May

The French High Commission in French Polynesia has confirmed that a fresh election of the territory's two members of the French Senate will be held on May the 3rd.

Court eases sentences in Wallis tax fraud case

The Court of Appeal in New Caledonia has eased the sentences of two men convicted of massive tax fraud in the French territory of Wallis and Futuna in 2007 and 2008.