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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.

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.

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.

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.

Cooks election outcome challenged

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

The Cook Islands Democratic Party says the election count was inaccurate and it will challenge the result after win by the Cook Islands Party.

Fiji PM should not be granted visa - NZ Sodelpa

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The New Zealand arm of Fiji's Sodelpa Party says the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama should be refused a visa to campaign in Auckland next month.

No dispute, says French minister over Brot resignation

Noumea skyline

The French overseas minister says she had no particular differences with the high commissioner, Jean-Jacques Brot, who resigned during her visit to Noumea. The French overseas minister says she had...

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.

Vanuatu PM warns foreigners against politicking

Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Vanuatu prime minister, Joe Natuman, has warned foreign workers against getting involved in local politics.

Electoral process casting doubt on Fiji elections

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The Fiji Labour Party says no one can have any confidence in the National Register of Voters because the government has decided to not make it public.

Former Vanuatu cop arrested

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Vanuatu police have arrested a former police officer for alleged rape.

PNG documentaries challenge stereotypes

People going about their day in Goroka, Papua New Guinea

The Australian High Commission to Papua New Guinea says a series of documentary films it commissioned about women leaders in the country breaks new ground.

NZ Pacific writer awarded residency to Iowa

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A New Zealand-based Pacific poet, writer and performer has been accepted into one of the the longest-running international writing programmes in the world.

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.

Fiji's Sodelpa would reopen video probe

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Fiji's Sodelpa party has promised to reopen the investigation into last year's beating of two men which was filmed and widely viewed on the web.

New boats to service Manu'a islands

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American Samoa's new government-owned catamaran purchased to service the Manu'a islands is now expected to arrive later this month.

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.

Vanuatu governemnt advisor sacked for scheming

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A ministerial advisor in Vanuatu has been sacked after being caught in discussions with opposition MPs on a possible motion of no confidence in the government.

Sport: PNG Hunters helping Fiji Bid Team

Former Fiji rugby league captain Petero Civoniceva says the Papua New Guinea Hunters have been a big help in their bid to enter a team in the New South Wales Cup.

Sport: Micronesian Games underway in Pohnpei

The eighth edition of the Micronesian Games is underway in Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Tahiti economic crisis continues unabated

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A commentator in French Polynesia says the territory's economic decline is linked to an inability to find a source of income that matches the financial input of the French nuclear...

Hydro plant reopens in FSM's Pohnpei

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A hydropower plant in the Federated States of Micronesia has been refurbished to help supply energy to Pohnpei after six years of being out of service.

Amnesty irked by Fiji 'impunity'

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Amnesty International has called on the international community to speak out against the apparent impunity for those committing serious human rights abuses in Fiji.

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.

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.

Huge Tahiti resort project chosen

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The French Polynesian government has approved a proposed hotel and resort complex on Tahiti, which will cost nearly three billion US dollars to realise.

SOE at CNMI utility renewed

San Antonio Beach, CNMI

The Governor of the Northern Marianas has extended the state of emergency at the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation.

33 doctors onboard at CNMI hospital

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The lone hospital in the Northern Marianas has welcomed ten new doctors and now has 33 physicians onboard at the Commonwealth Health Centre.

Sport: Toa Samoa Residents come up short in Hawaii

The Toa Samoa Residents have been beaten 18-12 by the USA Tomahawks in their Ohana Cup clash in Hawaii.

Brot resigns as French HC to New Caledonia

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France's top official in New Caledonia has resigned just hours after the new French overseas minister began her first visit to Noumea.

Papuans to welcome release of Jayapura Five

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

Supporters of the five West Papuan political prisoners known as the Jayapura Five are expected to converge on the capital of Indonesia's Papua province today for their release.

Hiring freeze for American Samoa Power Authority

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The American Samoa Power Authority is putting a freeze on all hiring for the rest of the year.