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Disqualification of Fiji candidate could end up in court

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The Fiji Labour Party says the faulty decision to disqualify Steven Singh from contesting next month's election must be promptly reversed or the poll could be delayed.

Now calm in Solomons capital after arsons

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Police in Solomon Islands say it is now calm in the West Honiara settlement of Karaina after clashes between family groups from Temotu Province earlier this week.

Boycott at Fiji's elections candidate list draw

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Fiji's Electoral Commission has boycotted today's national candidate list draw at the Fijian Elections Office.

Morrison accepts "moral burden" of Australia's asylum policy

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Australia's immigration minister has defended his government's policy at a human rights inquiry into children being kept in immigration detention.

Fiji police accused of brutality after man dies

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An investigation is underway in Fiji, after a man died after allegedly being beaten by police.

Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya.

Director General and CEO of Health, Leausa Tole'afoa Dr Take Naseri

Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

Fiji-NZ talks end on high note

Fiji government buildings

New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to hold an annual consultation for their Foreign Ministers starting from next year following talks in Fiji.

Fighting stops, but tensions remain high in Solomons capital

240414. Photo RNZ. Solomon Islands. Central Police Station. Honiara, police,

Tensions remain high in Honiara, as a stand off between two groups of people continues, despite police efforts to mediate the situation.

Nauru Airlines launches freighter service

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Nauru Airlines has announced its freighter service at Nauru International Airport.

Sport: Commonwealth Games success boost to Pacific Games

The success of Pacific athletes at the Commonwealth Games is having a flow-on effect for organisers of next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Sport: PNG confident in lead-up to AFL International Cup final

The results from Division 1 play-off matches at the AFL International Cup tournament in Melbourne saw Tonga finish sixth, Nauru 7th and Fiji 10th, of 18 men's teams.

Families displaced by A. Samoa floods move in to rentals

A mudslide in Gataivai, American Samoa

Families displaced by last month's floods in American Samoa are now staying at rental homes paid for by a grant from the Department of Yough and Women's Affairs.

American Samoa welcomes round-the-world canoe

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Over 100 people turned out in American Samoa today to welcome the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a, which arrived on Tutuila this afternoon.

200 in mass fight in Solomons capital

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The Solomon Islands police say four houses have been torched and a number of people wounded during a fight involving 200 people in Honiara last night.

Call on Fiji government to enter caretaker mode

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Political parties in Fiji have called on the government to go into a caretaker government mode in the lead-up to the election on September 17th.

Commonwealth observer offer to Fiji still stands

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The Commonwealth says it has told the Fiji government it is prepared to send observers to next month's election if Fiji accepts the Commonwealth guidelines.

Flosse awaits Tahiti appeal verdict

The coat of arms of French Polynesia, on the gate to the Presidential Palace

The appeal court in French Polynesia has heard the president Gaston Flosse in his bid to get his sentence for corruption wiped so that he can stay in office.

New Caledonia opts for tax reform

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There is broad agreement in New Caledonia to reform the tax system as part of efforts to revive the economy.

American Samoa greets Hokule'a

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American Samoa is preparing to welcome the Polynesian voyaging canoe the Hokule'a which is due to arrive on the main island of Tutuila today.

French journalists' Papua detention continues

Indonesia's Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists held in Jayapura in Papua for more than two weeks are to be transferred from the immigration administration to police cells.

CNMI flight boost between Saipan and Rota

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

A Northern Marianas airline has expanded its daily service between Saipan and Rota at a time when Cape Air-United is being forced to cancel flights because of maintenance issues.

Samoa Govt changes market rules

Samoa produce

The Samoa government has changed the opening hours for the Fugalei market after local farmers and business operators critised the rules for the new market.

Tahiti's Flosse charged with misuse of power

Gaston Flosse

French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has been charged with misuse of power in the way he awarded a US$55 million contract a decade ago to build Tahiti's new hospital.

Sport: Pacific Games organisers say NZ/Aus will lift standards

The 2015 Pacific Games Organising Committee says Australia has advised they will send a full compliment of athletes to compete next year in Port Moresby.

Sport: Coach tips bright future for Fiji's sevens medallists

Fiji's bronze medal winning sevens team have arrived home from the Youth Olympics, with stand-in coach Sale Sorovaki saying a number of the players have a bright future.

Sport: Fiji's Melani continues strong form in Nanjing

Fijian swimmer Meli Malani has continued his strong run at the Youth Olympic Games in China, winning a second heat in as many days.

Samoa moves to tackle chikungunya

Director General and CEO of Health, Leausa Tole'afoa Dr Take Naseri

All Samoa government ministries, corporations and public schools will be involved in a mass clean up campaign today to stop the spread of chikungunya.