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45 Fiji soldiers now believed to be held in Syria

The 45 Fiji soldiers captured by al-Nusra in Golan Heights.

Fiji authorities now say that 45 of its soldiers are being held by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, one more than has been claimed for the past three days.

Economic issues on today's SIDS agenda

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The first session of the Small Islands Developing States conference in Samoa this afternoon will focus on sustainable economic development.

Fiji's NFP reports confusion over pre-polling

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Fiji's National Federation Party says pre-polling due to start this week is confused, rushed and disorganised and there are voters who still don't know they are meant to vote before election day.

Vanuatu MPs claim fraud as signatures withdrawn

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Two government back-benchers in Vanuatu say their signatures were used fraudulently on a motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister Joe Natuman, and have withdrawn them.

Fiji police completes brutality probe

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Fiji's Police Commissioner has reportedly confirmed that the investigation into a man who died in police custody last month has been completed.

Rights group calls on Indonesia to stop 'attacks on freedoms'

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Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to end what it says are attacks on freedom of expression in the country's Papuan region.

UN shaping post-2015 agenda

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says the post-2015 agenda will focus on sustainable goals covering social, economic and environmental dimensions.

Marshalls medical mission ends

The Pacific Islands Forum is formally opened in Majuro.

A team of ear, nose and throat specialists has performed over 50 surgery procedures in the Marshall Islands, many of them life-saving, during a 10-day visit from the United States.

Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

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Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

Fiji will keep troops in Golan Heights

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says withdrawing the country's troops from the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel is completely out of the question for the government.

PNG MP calls for probe into opposition 'decimation'

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

A member of the Papua New Guinea parliament has called for an inter-departmental committee to investigate the decimation of the parliamentary opposition.

Two dead in Solomons from measles

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The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

Unity needed on nickel in New Caledonia

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New Caledonia's president, Cynthia Ligeard, has linked the territory's institutional future to finding a common policy on nickel.

UN concern at climate change in Pacific

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.

PNG MP calls for toxic waste facts on Porgera

Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

The MP for Porgera in Papua New Guinea's Enga province, Nixon Mangape, has called for independent scientific monitoring of the level of toxic waste from the Porgera gold mine.

Fiji sets up crisis centre for troops' families

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The Fiji military has set up a crisis centre for the families of 44 Fijian soldiers captured by Syrian rebels last week.

House rejects Senate budget bill in CNMI

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The House of Representatives in the Northern Marianas has rejected the Senate's version of the $US134.33-million budget for fiscal year 2015.

Pacific nations 'angry' at lack of progress

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The World Bank's climate change advocate says the bank's key role is to ensure that small island states have improved resilience to the effects of climate change.

Japan approached over Tonga water problems

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Tonga's Minister of Public Enterprises says he has approached the Japanese Government to speed up repairs to the water supply on Niuatoputapu.

Human trafficking in Guam a 'problem'

The US Naval base at Orote Peninsula, Guam

An NGO in Guam says human trafficking is a bigger problem on the island then people think, calling on locals to be more vigilant and observant about what goes on around them.

Sport: PNG Hunters miss out on playoffs

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have missed out on a playoff berth in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition, after results went against them in the final round of the regular season.

Detained journalists in Papua were 'doing their duty'

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

Two French journalists detained in Jayapura have said that they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.

SPC cautious on diseases at SIDS meeting

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has mobilised a team of health surveillance specialists to help authorities in Samoa with public health surveillance at this week's Small Island Developing States conference.

New Solomon Islands Bank surprised at early success

The Solomon Islands' newest commercial bank, Pan Oceanic Bank, says it's had a resounding response with more than 5000 accounts opened in its first two months.

Vanuatu PM may faces yet another no confidence vote

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

A motion for a vote of no confidence against Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, has been lodged with speaker of the country's parliament.