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Former Solomon Islands PM to challenge his ousting

The former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, who lost his seat in last year's election, has filed an election petition against his successor.

Cuts to Aitutaki shipping services surprises PM

The Cook Islands' Prime Minister says the decision to cut shipping services to Aitutaki has come as a complete surprise.

West Papuan police to sink Vietnamese fishing boat

Police in West Papua say they will sink a Vietnamese-flagged vessel caught allegedly fishing illegally in the province's waters.

PNG Health Minister seeks national emergency for TB

Papua New Guinea's Health Minister says the increasing numbers of people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis has prompted him to ask Cabinet to declare a 'national emergency'.

Trough near Samoa has cyclone potential

Samoa's meteorological service is advising the public to prepare for a possible tropical cyclone as a result of a strong active trough moving towards the country.

Police negotiate end to Port Moresby blockade, averting crisis

A five-day blockade that cut fuel supplies to Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, and forced some power stations to close has ended.

Mixed bag for Pacific: 2014 MDG report

The Cook Islands and Niue are the only Pacific Island countries on track to achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of the year.

Samoa MP rejects leader’s call to quit party

A controversial MP in Samoa's ruling HRPP party, Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota, is ignoring the Prime Minister's call for him to quit the party.

Restrictions eased on Tahiti's Flosse

The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have further eased some restrictions imposed on the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, who is charged over the alleged theft of china from the presidency.

Tongan govt reviewing needs of outer islands

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says people in Vava'u will see improvements to their roads very soon and boosts to agriculture are being looked at.

American Samoa Senate leader against guns for police

The President of the American Samoa Senate says he is not supportive of a move to arm police officers.

Violence no way to parent - Fiji NGO

Save the Children Fiji is calling for more resources to help parents raise their children without violence.

Criticism of Indonesia's Freeport mining plans

Indonesia's human rights commission has criticised the government's approval of a plan to build a smelter in East Java, saying it should be built in Papua, to promote development.

Samoa opposition leader removed from Parliament

Samoa's Leader of the Opposition was removed from parliament yesterday, for ignoring warnings and interjecting in Parliament speeches.

Bank robbery in Solomons ends in arrests

A half-million US dollar bank robbery in the Solomon Islands ended with a maimed security guard, a car crash and three arrests on Monday.

PNG ex-military head says police 'incompetent'

Papua New Guinea's former military commander says the country's police force is broken and incompetent and unable to carry out its constitutional duty.

Search ongoing in Papua after fatal boat accident

A search and rescue team is continuing its search for two missing men after a fatal boat accident in Indonesia's remote Papua province.

Asia and Pacific register solid tourism growth

The World Tourism Organisation says the Asia-Pacific region was the second highest growth region in the world in 2014.

Sport: American Samoa at full strength for Cabramatta Nines

American Samoa have high hopes for their return to the Cabramatta Nines rugby league tournament this weekend.

Sport: NZ defend Oceania title to qualify for U17 World Cup

New Zealand have qualified for the Under 17 football World Cup after beating Tahiti on penalties in a dramatic Oceania final in Pago Pago.