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Australia and Fiji restore full diplomatic ties

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Julie Bishop

Australia and Fiji have jointly announced they will exchange High Commissioners.

French Polynesia rules out tax hike

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The French Polynesian president has ruled out tax increases in the next budget as his administration is trying to revive the economy hit by a long decline.

UN hears Fiji police brutality not new

Christopher Pryde, Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions says assault in police custody is not a new problem in Fiji.

Gaming tax hits New Caledonia snag

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There is a dispute in New Caledonia over a planned hike of the gaming tax after the Congress approved changes to bolster revenue.

Samoa boosts Ebola screening

The Samoan Director General of Health, Leausa Toleafoa Dr Take Naseri.

Samoa's Ministry of Health says it is looking to boost its border control and is preparing a new health declaration form which will alert authorities to anyone arriving with symptoms of viruses such as Ebola.

Push in PNG to stop national highway

Roadside market in rural Papua New Guinea.

There are plans to stage a rally in Port Moresby this weekend to fight the Papua New Guinea government's plans to build a major road link through the southern provinces into the Highlands.

Candidate list held up in Solomons

The Solomon Islands flag

There have been repeated delays to announcing the final list of candidates for the election in Solomon Islands due on November the 19th.

Court clears MP for Solomons election

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The Honiara Magistrates Court in Solomon Islands has acquitted a former member of parliament for South Guadalcanal, David Dei Pacha, of two counts of conversion and abuse of office.

American boy well cared for on Niue - police

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Niue's police chief says a nine-year old American boy allegedly abducted by his father and taken to sea from Seattle is well and being looked after by locals.

American Samoa urged to diversify

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

A House of Representatives candidate in American Samoa says the territory should look at having businesses other than the fishing industry.

Troops sent to Hawaii village threatened by molten lava

Lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary in Pāhoa village in Hawaii.

National guard troops are on their way to Hawaii's Big Island, as a river of molten lava continues to creep towards a main road.

Fiji to axe death penalty in military

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Fiji's Chief Justice says the newly elected government will abolish the death penalty from its military code next year.

Backing expected on Fiji Forum stand

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A Pacific consultant says some other Pacific Islands Forum members may well agree with Fiji's stance on Australia and New Zealand taking a backseat in the Forum.

FBI hunt for kidnapped boy ends in Niue

Jeffrey Ford Hanson, who is wanted by the FBI for allegedly kidnapping his son, Billy Hanson. Both have been found in Niue.

A nine year old American boy allegedly kidnapped by his father has been found safe in Niue.

American Samoa Govt official facing federal charges

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An American Samoa Government official is to face charges in a federal court in Washington D.C.

CNMI now has more doctors to treat children

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The only hospital in the Northern Marianas will be able to treat more children, after hiring more pediatricians.

Japan funds Samoa school buildings

The Japan Ambassador  to Samoa, Kazumasa Shibuta, with village representatives receiving financial assistance.

Several villages in Samoa have received funding from Japan to construct new school buildings.

Sport: Fijian to make rugby debut for Wallabies

The Brumbies winger Henry Speight takes on Liam Messam.Super Rugby union qualifying finals match, Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra, 2014.

Fijian-born flyer Henry Speight will make his international rugby debut for Australia against the Barbarians at Twickenham this weekend.

Sport: Vanuatu football club recruits regional talent

Amicale players celebrate a goal

The President of Vanuatu's champion Amicale football club says the side is now looking to use players from around the region to take the next step in their goal for OFC supremacy.

Fiji keen on renewal of SPARTECA

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji has called for better access to the Australian market by extending the SPARTECA agreement which is due to expire at the end of the year.

Sport: Tongan women's football team hit by theft

Tonga's flag

The Tonga Women's Football team not only lost on the field but they have now lost a large amount of its football gear after an overnight theft at their accommodation in the town of Kokopo in Papua New Guinea.

Sport: Guam draws hundreds of mums to football

GFA Women's Technical Director Cheri Stewart

Nearly 300 women have shown an interest in playing in the Guam Football Association's Soccer Moms League Fall season.

Samoa's Polynesian to keep flying Manu'a/Tutuila

Polynesian airlines

Samoa's Polynesian Airlines is allowed to continue flights between American Samoa's Tutuila and Manu'a for another month.

Breakthrough in Ok Tedi legal wrangle says Morauta

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

PNG's Sustainable Development Program says legal attempts by the Government to stop the company regaining control of its shareholding in the Ok Tedi mine, have failed.

Academic says Forum needs Australia and NZ

A banner declaring the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

A Fijian academic says Australia and New Zealand should remain in the Pacific Islands Forum despite what she calls Fiji's bullying tactics.

Sacked Vanuatu airports chief sues

Port Vila international airport

A trial is underway in the Vanuatu Supreme Court contesting Alain Liu's sacking as chairman of the board of Airport Vanuatu Limited.

US lifts sanctions on Fiji

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The United States is lifting sanctions on Fiji in light of the elections held last month, according to a U.S. State Department spokesperson.

Fiji defends violence against women record

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Fiji has defended its record on dealing with violence against women before a UN human rights meeting in Geneva.

Doubt cast on Vanuatu airport upgrade

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An aviation expert working with a Singaporean company that wants to undertake a huge airport development in Vanuatu, says a long term upgrade of Bauerfield International Airport is not feasible.

Pro-French rally called in New Caledonia

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New Caledonia's two main anti-independence political groups have drawn up plans for a pro-French rally to coincide with next month's visit of the French president.

Tonga halts Prince's Mormon baptism - claim

Tonga, military, parade, soldiers

Tonga's King is reported to have sent soldiers and the Prime Minister to halt the baptism of his son Prince Ata into the Mormon church.

American Samoa to convert rubbish to energy

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American Samoa will soon have a 20-million US dollar facility which will convert rubbish from the Futiga landfill to power.

CNMI eyes strict gun rules

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Lawmakers in the Northern Marianas are looking at enacting legislation that will make it tougher for individuals to own handguns.

PNG PM opens port extension in Lae

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks to the public.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has opened a new wharf extension to the international shipping port in Lae.

Former diplomat says Fiji's stance on PIF could mellow

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A former High Commissioner to Fiji says Fiji's stance over New Zealand and Australia's membership in the Pacific Islands Forum could mellow with time.

Fiji accuses Al Jazeera and RNZ of racist reporting

Ashwin Raj, chair of Fiji's media authority MIDA

Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority has accused Al Jazeera and Radio New Zealand of racism in their reporting of last month's election in Fiji.

EU helps fund Pacific fisheries body

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The European Union is to provide an additional 820,000 US dollars to assist the work of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

American Samoa ponders low wages

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American Samoa's governor Lolo Moliga says if the Fono feels government employees on the low end of the pay scale should get more money, then lawmakers should raise the minimum wage.

Volcanic lava threatens Hawaii village

Red-hot lava from a slow-erupting volcano has reached a home on Hawaii's Big Island and is threatening an entire town.

A river of molten lava continues to make it's way towards the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island, threatening it's main street.

French journalists detained in Papua return home

Two detained French journalists Thomas Dandois (L) and Valentine Bourrat (R) listen to their lawyer after their trial in Jayapura.

Two French journalists handed a 10-week jail term in Indonesia for illegally reporting on the country's Papua province have returned to France.

Fiji says it's addressing brutality concerns

Members of Fiji police and military forces.

Senior judicial figures from Fiji have told a United Nations gathering the country is addressing concerns about police brutality.

Fiji promises to ratify human rights treaties

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Fiji's Minister of Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji is committed to ratifying several international human rights treaties.

American Samoa can't afford to become US state

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

An American Samoa senator says the territory doesn't have the economic base to become a state of the United States.

UN report on PNG development to set out local solutions

Public transport, buses, Papua New Guinea.

The United Nations says there is a lot of good practice in Papua New Guinea, that needs to be scaled up in order to boost development.

Indonesia's democractic credentials questioned

Protestors calling for media freedom in West Papua, outside Indonesia's embassy in NZ

A group of New Zealand protestors have questioned whether Indonesia's new President will support genuine media freedom in West Papua.

Sport: NZ Football Ferns class above rest of region

New Zealand Football Ferns hold aloft OFC Women's Nations Cup trophy

The New Zealand Football Ferns have again proven they are the "Queens of Oceania" Football after taking out the OFC Nations Cup and booking a place in next years World Cup in Canada.

Sport: Vanuatu football club signs All White

All Whites defender Ian Hogg

All Whites defender Ian Hogg has joined Vanuatu football club Amicale as they prepare for next month's inaugural OFC President's Cup in Auckland.

Sport: Tickets on sale for inaugural OFC President's Cup

OFC President's Cup logo

Tickets are on sale for the first OFC President's Cup, a couple of weeks away from the opening game on 17 November.

Niue flagship hotel to be managed by NZ company

Matavai Resort, Niue

A New Zealand company will soon take over the management of Niue's only hotel, the Matavai Resort, in a bid to boost tourism to the island.

UN says PNG not seeing due growth

Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby

The UN says PNG's increased economic growth is not resulting in expected rise in jobs and societal improvements.

Fiji urged to ratify treaties

Fiji's delegation in Geneva

Fiji has been urged to ratify several international human rights conventions at a UN council meeting in Geneva.

Piece of Australia discovered under Vanuatu

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Australian researchers say a groundbreaking discovery in Vanuatu could change theories on how continents were formed.

Public consultation on Kiribati death penalty bill

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A public consultation on the proposed death penalty has begun in Kiribati ahead of a second reading on legislation to introduce it.

Tuvalu gains from EU crop funding

A Tuvalu beach being eroded by a storm.

Tuvalu says European Union funding for climate resilent crop initiatives is important to the country's survival.

NZ protest calls for media freedom in West Papua

Protestors calling for media freedom in West Papua, outside the Indonesian embassy in New Zealand

Protestors gathered outside Indonesia's embassy in New Zealand to call for media freedom in West Papua.

Vanuatu to send delegation to Turkey

Vanuatu's Deputy Prime Minister Ham Lini

Vanuatu's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Ham Lini, is to lead a high level delegation to Turkey next month.

Firebird again appeals Nauru case

An aerial view of Nauru

A US-fund management company has said it will seek an appeal after an Australian court dismissed its claim against the Nauru Government.