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Tahiti's Flosse awaits court decision

Gaston Flosse

France's highest court is today expected to rule in a case which could end the political career of French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse.

Two Vale New Caledonia guards shot

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Two guards at the Vale nickel plant in New Caledonia's south have been injured after an unidentified gunman shot at them.

Call for swift Fiji torture video probe

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The Fiji NGO Coalition for Human Rights says the investigation into last year's torture video could have been completed a long time ago. The Fiji NGO Coalition for Human Rights...

Group warns against Fiji's ratification of EPA

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Fiji's Pacific Network on Globalisation says it believes the European Commission has strong-armed Fiji into ratifying a free-trade agreement.

American Samoa hospital CEO sacked

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The Chief Executive Officer of American Samoa's only hospital Joseph Davis Fleming has been sacked. The Chief Executive Officer of American Samoa's only hospital Joseph Davis Fleming has been sacked.

American Samoa misses tuna deal

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

The American Tunaboat Association is lamenting the failure of the United States and Pacific nations to strike a deal on tuna fishing.

Fiji PM blamed for forced eviction

Olivia Finau and her grandson, Lagilagi settlement at Jittu Estate, Suva, Fiji.

The President of the Jittu Land Trust in Fiji says government authorities have ignored their pleas for help over the forceful eviction from their land.

Sport: Guam still on top after two days of Micro Games

Guam have retained their lead atop the Micronesian Games medal table after the first two days of competition.

American Samoan death linked to fever outbreak

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

The LBJ Hospital and Department of Health in American Samoa are awaiting lab results of blood samples before determining the death of a 28 year old man.

NZ negotiating with Fiji over RSE participation

Horticulture New Zealand says Labour's immigration policy would penalise growers using the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Immigration New Zealand says that negotiations are under way for citizens of Fiji to join the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Urgent needs in flood-affected PNG

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands.

A Papua New Guinea disaster official says more money needed for flood-hit Southern Highlands Province.

NZ Labour condemns Fiji torture case closure

Labour leader David Shearer, left, with departing MP Charles Chauvel.

Fiji police closure of a probe into alleged prisoner torture is to be raised at New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Rasmussen to challenge Cooks election loss

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

The leader of the Democratic Party in the Cook Islands says invalid votes cast in the election cost him his seat in parliament and he will therefore challenge the result.

French UMP questions Brot resignation

French prime minister Manuel Valls

The French opposition UMP Party has expressed its disquiet about the sudden resignation of the French High Commissioner to New Caledonia, Jean-Jacques Brot.

Samoas haggle over entry fees

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The two Samoas are in talks aimed at waiving the immigration fees each country charges the citizens of the other when they visit.

Ex-CNMI Cabinet official pleads not guilty

Wing Beach, CNMI

A former Cabinet official in the Northern Marianas has pleaded not guilty to 41 criminal charges filed against her by the Office of the Public Auditor.

PNG police boss ordered back to court

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki

The National Court in Papua New Guinea has ordered the new Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, to appear in court on Friday for contempt of court charges.

Sport: Korean cricketers end on winning note

The Korean Men's cricketers have ended their Fijian tour in winning fashion, beating a national 'A' side by 31 runs in Suva on Monday.

New Chinese plane for Tonga

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The Tongan deputy Prime Minister has confirmed a new Chinese plane will depart on Thursday for Tonga.

Hybrid Goat trial to start in Vanuatu

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A research trial will assess how adaptable a breed of Tanna goat is in the cliamte of Efate, to test climate resilience.

Jayapura five released amid heavy security

The President of the so-called Federal Republic of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, during his trial

Five West Papuan political prisoners have been released after serving three years in prison for treason.

CNMI House approves $134m budget

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The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has passed a 134-million dollar budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

Petitions too expensive for Cooks Demos

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The Cook Islands Party says it doubts the rival Democratic Party can afford to challenge the election results.

CNMI Auditor says Fitial's interpretation 'absurd'

Former CNMI governor Benigno Fitial

The Office of the Public Auditor in the Northern Marianas has described as absurd the former governor Benigno Fitial's argument that it has no authority to bring charges.

Rat infestation in American Samoa store

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The biggest retail store on American Samoa's capital, Cost U Less, has been temporarily shut down by the Department of Health due to rat infestation.

Sport: Ryan Pini backing Team PNG to excel in Glasgow

Papua New Guinea's most successful Commonwealth Games athlete has a new role this year and is confident his compatriots are ready for the spotlight.

Heart disease on rise among PNG youth

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Papua New Guinea's Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institute reports more young people are being diagnosed with heart problems.

Cooks PM unfazed by petitions

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The caretaker Prime Minister of the Cook Islands says criticism from the Democratic Party over election results is immature.

Tahiti president released from custody

Gaston Flosse

Police in French Polynesia have released the president, Gaston Flosse, from custody after holding him all day for questioning in a corruption probe.

Mekamui in Bougainville reconciliation

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The Mekamui faction has pledged its support to the Autonomous Bougainville Government during reconciliation event.

Fiji's NFP aims to kickstart economy

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Fiji's National Federation Party says a credible election could mean an extra billion dollars in grants and foreign investment for Fiji over the next four years.

Calls to stop sale of Tonga's satellite orbital slots

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Tonga's Public Service Association is calling on the government to stop the sale of the country's two orbital slots. Tonga's Public Service Association is calling on the government to stop...

Reports Bill Clinton to skip PNG

Street in Goroka, capital town of Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province.

A former United States President, Bill Clinton, has reportedly pulled out of his visit to Papua New Guinea.

Fiji's Sodelpa would revive Qoliqoli Bill

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Fiji's Sodelpa Party plans to revive a controversial indigenous rights bill if it gets into power after the September election.

Solomons voters to see list from today

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

Voters in Solomon Islands will have their first chance today to check their names on the provisional voter's list.

Sport: Team Nauru welcomed at Games Village

With two days until the opening ceremony, Nauru's Commonwealth Games team has been officially welcomed into the athlete's village in Glasgow.

Medical ship from China to PNG

China has announced that its navy will send a fully-equipped medical ship to Papua New Guinea in September as part of a 500 million US dollar programme to enhance bilateral...

American Samoa warn against Bumble Bee

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American Samoa's governor has warned that a deal between Samoa and a US company will hurt his territory's economy.

Clinton highlights PNG health problems

Street in Goroka, capital town of Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province.

A former US president, Bill Clinton, is in Papua New Guinea, highlighting health issues in the country including HIV/AIDS.

Salvation Army open to PNG Manus probe

An asylum-seeker holds a picture of Reza Barati who died at the detention centre.

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army in Australia says it has still not been approached by the Papua New Guinea police months after the riot at Australia's Manus Island detention centre which led to the death of an asylum seeker.

American Samoa rash puzzles

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Questions are being asked as to why the health department in American Samoa didn't act earlier in trying to determine the cause of an acute fever rash disease.

Samoa opposition names by-election candidate

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd

A former Samoa government radio and television technician has been confirmed as the candidate for the opposition Tautua Samoa party in next month's by-election for Gagaifomauga number one territorial constituency.

Guam lawyers seek release of cyber suspect

Roman Seleznev

Lawyers on Guam have filed for the release of a Russian cyber crime suspect Roman Seleznev who the United States brought to the island to be arrested.

Fiji police say video probe still open

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Fiji's Police Commissioner says the investigation into a video released last year showing the torture and beating of two prison escapees by security personnel remains open.

Motorbike 'bribes' for Cooks votes

Henry Puna, the current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

Motorbikes, and washing machines are just some of the items the Cook Islands Democratic Party says were used by the Cook Islands Party to bribe voters.

Complaints over land eviction in Fiji

Jittu Land Trust chairman Vilikesa Koroi, left, and president Anup Chand at Jittu Estate, Suva.

The President of the Jittu Land Trust in Fiji say police have still not arrested anyone over the unlawful demolition of a resident's property despite being there to witness the act.

Fiji's NFP urges people to vote

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Fiji's National Federation Party says there is cynicism, apathy, fear and negative perceptions in Fiji about voting in the upcoming election.

Wallis public sector strike settled

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna.

An agreement has been reached in Wallis and Futuna to end an 18-day public sector strike.

NZ Labour open to Bainimarama visit

David Shearer.

The New Zealand Labour Party says it has no objection to Fiji's military regime leader being granted a visa if it enables Fiji's September election to be more democratic.

Acute rash in American Samoa

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A total of 48 people are now seeking medical attention from a fever and rash outbreak in American Samoa.

One Cook Islands Movement chuffed with election result

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The One Cook Islands Movement says its two seats make it an influential force in parliament but it's still too early to discuss possible coalitions.

Papua campaign to move forward

The President of the so-called Federal Republic of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, during his trial

The organisation that calls itself the Federal Republic of West Papua says the release of its president and four others from prison yesterday means their campaign for independence can now move forward.

Fiji PM trip to NZ 'part of democracy'

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The New Zealand-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama's proposed trip to Auckland could have positive outcomes for September's planned elections.

Sport: Guam lead Micro Games after day one

A dominant display in the pool has Guam atop the medals table after the first day of competition at the Micronesian Games.

Fiji's Sodelpa promises poverty relief in manifesto

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Fiji's Sodelpa party has promised to bring down poverty, cut back on debt and spur job growth if it gets into power.

RAMSI welcomes Solomon's new commissioner

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

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has welcomed the appointment of the country's new police commissioner.

Tahiti president held for questioning

Gaston Flosse

French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has been detained for questioning in a probe of how the construction of Tahiti's new hospital in 2004 was financed.