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Fiji police chief scotches assault allegations

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The police in Fiji have scotched allegations of assault in the case of a man allegedly beaten by soldiers in Fiji's military.

French regret at Caledonian Union boycott

George Pau-Langevin

The French overseas minister, George Pau-Langevin, says she regrets that the Caledonian Union has decided to boycott this week's talks in Paris of the signatories of the Noumea Accord.

Fiji's NFP calls for lower VAT

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Fiji's opposition National Federation Party has called for a five-percent drop in VAT to 10 percent as one measure to help lower the cost of living.

Tahiti espionage case in court in March

French Polynesia. Papeete waterfront

French Polynesia's criminal court has deferred until next year the case of the now defunct and illegal espionage service of the disgraced former president Gaston Flosse.

More accurate tsunami warnings for Pacific

Damage from the 2009 Tsunami in Samoa

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has changed its system in a bid to give more specific warnings.

Fiji and PNG reaffirm co-operation

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato.

The foreign ministers of Fiji and Papua New Guinea have reaffirmed the importance of their two governments wokring together to acheive regional progress.

Infant death in Guam ruled as case of neglect

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Guam's chief medical examiner says an infant that died at the hospital last week died from apparent neglect.

Cape Air apologises to passengers

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

A Cape Air official has apologised to the customers on Saipan in the Northern Marianas, saying disruptions will end and services will be back to normal soon.

Archeologists probe American Samoa sites

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A professor of archaeology from France has been working with the American Samoa Power Authority archeology division in analysing 25 burial sites and remains that were uncovered from the sites.

Anger over Vanuatu nickel plant plan

Segond Channel, Santo, Vanuatu

A former MP on Santo in Vanuatu says a proposed nickel smelter will harm a pristine area, and that locals have not been consulted on the project.

Australian govt ordered to table Nauru complaints

Asylum seekers on Nauru

Australia's Senate has ordered the government to table a year's worth of incident reports and complaints of sexual abuse in the asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru.

Allegations in Nauru camp ignored - Rintoul

Protest at Nauru family residential compound - 27 September, 2014.

Refugee advocates in Australia say allegations of harrassment and sexual exploitation seem to be treated by authorities as a fact of life in Nauru detention camp.

Miner hit with court order in Solomons

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The Solomon Islands Court of Appeal has granted an interim restraint order against an Australian company, Axiom Mining, to stop it from restarting its activities to begin prospecting for nickel in Isabel province.

Sport: President's Cup ideal build-up for Auckland City

Auckland City football coach Ramon Tribulietx

Auckland City football coach Ramon Tribulietx says the inaugural Oceania President's Cup in November offers his team a rare opportunity ahead of their FIFA Club World Cup campaign in Morocco.

Sport: Tonga 7's have everything to play for

Tonga's new sevens coach acknowledges a lot is riding on his team's performance at this weekend's Oceania Championships in Noosa.

WWII wrecks threat to Pacific

WWII wrecks

Some of the thousands wrecks scattered throughout the Pacific from the second world war are believed to have started leaking oil into the ocean.

South Korea gifts Howitzers to Fiji

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South Korea has gifted Fiji's military six Howitzer cannons worth over five million US dollars.

Samoa NGO welcomes court decision

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Samoa's Victim Support Group has praised a family court decision to accept its application for a protection order to care for a five-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her mother's uncle.

Arrest of five PNG officers downplayed

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

A senior police commander in Papua New Guinea says the arrest of five policemen after the shooting of a man last month is not a sign of discipline problems within the force.

Coping with climate change has Pacific nations at tipping point, UN hears

A seawall protecting a home from coastal erosion in Kiribati, climate change.

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says many of the small islands in the Pacific have reached a tipping point as they struggle to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Fiji man beaten over texts to Bainimarama: Amnesty

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The human rights watchdog Amnesty International says it has received credible information that soldiers in Fiji beat up a man after he sent a series of angry text messages to the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Samoa remembers five police officers who passed away

Members of the Samoan Police Force preparing to raise the national flag at Independence Day celebrations in Apia.

The families of five Samoan police officers who died in service have been presented with certificates of honour in appreciation of their service to the islands.

Drug misuse helps spread TB in PNG

Angau Hospital, Lae, Papua New Guinea

The head of Papua New Guinea's tuberculosis programme says the disease may be spreading because people stop taking their medicines too early.

Tong explains Kiribati land deal in Fiji

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The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has paid tribute to Fiji for being the only country to offer his people a haven from rising sea levels.

Niue farmers affected by dry spell

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Farmers in Niue are being careful with water usage, as a dry spell in the country enters its second month.

Release of unaccompanied minors on Nauru said to be result of protests

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Australia's Refugee Action Coalition says the recent release of unaccompanied minors from the Nauru detention centre indicates that protests there are having some effect.

Volunteers to fill teacher shortage in A.Samoa

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American Samoa's Governor has asked volunteers to fill teacher vacancies at public schools as a short-term fix for the territory's teacher shortage.

Tongan officials resign over communication issues

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

One of the four commissioners who resigned from the Public Service Commission in Tonga, says they did so because of a communication breakdown with the Prime Minister's office.

Allegations of rape in Nauru camp

Nauru is trying to overturn a decision that froze the country's bank accounts.

Asylum seekers have made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children and threats of rape by guards working in the Australia detention centre on Nauru.

CCF seeks revival of information bill

Akuila Yabaki

Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum is moving to revive a bill on freedom of information as the new parliament prepares to sit for the first time next week.

Commissioners' resignation in Tonga rejected

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga's acting prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of four Public Servants Commission commissioners.

CNMI's CUC avoids receivership

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The Northern Marianas government has signed a deal with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation or CUC from going into receivership.

Real Tonga under pressure over reports

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The owner of Tonga's domestic airline, Real Tonga Airlines, says their commercial services have been impacted by reports that the government plans to revoke their licences.

Sport: Fiji rugby schoolboys suffer big loss to NZ

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union President Napolioni Silatolu

The Fiji secondary schools rugby team admit they must improve across the board after another heavy defeat.

Sport: New-look Cook Islands team to compete in Noosa

The Cook Islands have named a young squad to contest this weekend's Oceania Sevens tournament in Noosa on Australia's Sunshine Coast.

5 years after tsunami, American Samoan reflects on its loss

Leone lanterns, American Samoa

Five years on from the Polynesia tsunami, an American Samoa mother who lost her daughter in the disaster reflects.