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Tahiti's Flosse dismissive of opposition challenge

French Polynesia's veteran leader Gaston Flosse.

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has told the opposition in the territorial assembly that no matter what it does it won't be able to take down his party.

PNG Minister gets ruling to stop police from arresting him

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

The Supreme Court in Papua New Guinea has granted the Finance Minister, James Marape, an interim injunction to stop police from arresting him.

Leaders gather for summit in Palau

Palau President Tommy Remengesau delivers a speech at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.

Leaders of Pacific states are holding free and frank discussions today on an island retreat in Palau.

NZ Parliament urges media freedom in West Papua

West Papua advocate Catherine Delahunty

A resolution to call upon the new President of Indonesia to commit to genuine media freedom in West Papua has gained historic cross-party support in New Zealand's parliament.

PNG govt accused of not doing enough to address sorcery violence

 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a young mother accused of sorcery who was stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

The director of Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs is calling for the government to do more in combatting escalating numbers of sorcery-related deaths in the country.

Cook Islands PM stays home to sort election issues

Henry Puna, the current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands' newly re-elected Prime Minister will be absent from today's Pacific leaders summit in Palau due to challenges over the country's election results.

Emergency shelters needed in American Samoa after heavy rain

Three individuals survey a small mudslide behind an office building in Fagatogo village. Mud and water made it into the first floor of the two-story building

Close to 100 people were housed at emergency shelters overnight in American Samoa, following yesterday's heavy rain.

Fever and rash cases confirmed in Samoa

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Samoa's National Health Services has confirmed three suspected cases of Acute Fever and Rash disease, with blood samples being sent to Tahiti for testing.

Vanuatu PM's vision cites poverty as major enemy

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

A speech by Vanuatu's Prime Minister marking independence has identified poverty as a major obstacle for his country.

45,000 teachers threaten to strike in PNG

Papua New Guinea, money, kina

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association says 45,000 teachers will plan a strike if salary discrepancies are not resolved by today.

Fiji's Sodelpa Party beefs up voting campaign

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Fiji's Sodelpa Party is beefing up its campaign by recruiting young volunteers to go house to house and gain voters.

Vanuatu marks 34 years of independence

Children in Vanuatu

A series of celebrations were held around Vanuatu yesterday to mark the country's 34th anniversary of independence from Britain and France.

One dead, homes evacuated after heavy rain in American Samoa

Heavy rain in American Samoa flooded a large portion of the main road in Fagatogo village, including this section in front of the Market Place.

A teenage girl has died and homes have been evacuated under the threat of landslides following a day of severe weather in America Samoa.

NZ to raise concerns with Nauru over suspended MPs

Murray McCully speaking to reporters on Wednesday,

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says he plans to meet the President of Nauru during this week's leaders summit to discuss his concerns about the suspension of a group of opposition MPs.

Guam and CNMI escape worst of tropical storm

Wing Beach in the Northern Marianas

A Tropical Storm passing over Guam and the Northern Marianas has failed to develop into a typhoon, although there has been some localised damage.

Cooks petitioners warned about process

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The Chief Justice of the Cook Islands is warning candidates who are petitioning the election results not to waste the court's time.

American Samoan girl dies after being swept out to sea in heavy rains

Heavy rain in Papua New Guinea.

A teenage girl in American Samoa has died after she was swept out to sea near Fagaalu in heavy rains.

Palau's President calls for strong oceans support

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The President of Palau is urging Pacific leaders to pull up their sleeves and get to work to protect the region's oceans and precious fisheries.

Two Indonesian police killed in Papua

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

Papua's regional police have vowed to track down the killers of two police officers in the Indonesian province.

Another Tahiti pardon request

Francois Hollande

The mayor of Papara in French Polynesia has joined the president, Gaston Flosse, in asking Francois Hollande for a presidential pardon after France's highest court convicted them and others of corruption.

Cooks petitioners warned about process

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The Chief Justice of the Cook Islands is warning candidates who are petitioning the election results not to waste the court's time.

Tropical storm alert for CNMI

Wing Beach, CNMI

The Governor of the Northern Marianas has ordered all non-essential government operations to close after Tropical Storm Halong was upgraded to Typhoon Condition One, and Tropical Storm Condition Two for Saipan and Tinian.

Mock elections aid Fiji voters

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A Fiji women's group is using mock elections and exercises in plain language to clear up confusion over how to vote in the country's September elections.

Fiji regime objects to OneFiji Party

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

The Fiji regime leader's political party, FijiFirst, has objected to the registration of the proposed OneFiji party, saying it is likely to be confused with or mistaken for FijiFirst.

More Fiji officials enter politics

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Radio Fiji reports more former military officers are seeking a political career.

Solomons says aviation row in Fiji's court

A Fiji Airways plane

Aviation authorities in Solomon Islands say they are willing to hold talks with Fiji to end an airline dispute, but insist responsibility for the impasse lies with Fiji.

CNMI casino deal expected by week’s end

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The Northern Marianas Lottery Commission is expected to finalise a minimum two billion US dollar casino development agreement by the end of the week.

Fiji gets positive scorecard from NGO on elections

The Executive Director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum Akuila Yabaki.

Fiji has received a fairly positive scorecard so far in progress towards elections which are free and fair.

Vanuatu's PM reflects on country's independence

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

The Vanuatu Prime Minister says the country's Independence Day today is a good time to reflect on how far the nation has come and what needs to be done to make it stronger in the future.

Flood victims reluctant to leave Solomons capital

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A flood victim spokesperson says evacuees relocated by the Solomon Islands government are reluctant to leave the capital city.

Sport: PNG's Steven Kari wins gold in Glasgow

Papua New Guinea weightlifter Steven Kari has won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sport: Silver and bronze for Pacific lifters

There were mixed emotions for Samoa and Fiji, who both won weightlifting medals in the women's 75kg division in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Sport: PNG in line for gold after failed drugs test

Papua New Guinea weightlifter Dika Toua could be in line for a Commonwealth Games gold medal after Nigeria's Chika Amalaha was provisionally suspended for failing a drugs test.

Arsons, ATM theft on Solomons police radar

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands police are closely monitoring a suburb in Honiara in which three houses were burnt the ground at the weekend.

Fiji electoral commission not at public forum

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A Fiji lawyer says the Electoral Commission should have attended a forum on the country's upcoming elections.

Solomons 'overdue' road law to be tabled

Solomon Islands will see big changes to its infrastructure if its long-awaited Infrastructure Management Bill is tabled in National Parliament.

PNG's Paraka faces 32 charges

The principal of a law firm in Papua New Guinea is now facing 32 charges over alleged fraud involving state funds.

RAMSI review notes flawed impact

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Ms Justine Braithwaite, the Acting Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui at a function to mark the RAMSI 11th anniversary.

A review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says the scaled back operation now should be talked about in the past tense.

Forum leaders to tackle fishery disparity

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The vast disparity between what Pacific islands get from their fisheries and what goes to foreign fleets is to be discussed at an island leaders summit in Palau today.

France considers Flosse pardon

The French High Commission in French Polynesia

The French High Commissioner in French Polynesia is defying the supreme court, saying he won't enforce its order against the territory's president because he may be pardoned by Francois Hollande.

SPC to put spotlight on NCDs during Forum

Secretariat of the Pacific Community signage French

Secretariat of the Pacific Community DG takes issue of non-communicable diseases to Pacific Forum leaders summit.

Vanuatu PM unphased by planned motion

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

The Vanuatu Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, says he is not concerned about a planned motion of no confidence against him but if any government MPs are backing one, they will be sacked.

Malaita Ma'asina Forum forms political party

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The Solomon Islands pressure group, the Malaita Ma'asina Forum, has formed its own political party - the People's Progressive Party.

Tahiti casino no help for tourism, says observers

French Polynesia. Papeete waterfront

The building of a proposed casino in Tahiti is being described as ineffective to improving French Polynesia's tourism woes.

Nine petitions in Cooks elections

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

Nine petitions have been lodged with the Cook Islands High Court challenging this month's election results.

Gunfight in Papua wounds soldiers

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

Three Indonesian soldiers have suffered gunshot injuries following an attack in the province of Papua.

NZ says summit key for Pacific Plan review

Murray McCully.

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister says this year's Pacific leaders' summit is of particular significance as it will include high-level discussions over the future of the Pacific Plan.

PASO may leave Vanuatu over unpaid fees

An Air Vanuatu plane taking off

It is being reported in Vanuatu that the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation may move its headquarters out of the country because the government has not been paying its fees.

Tonga government denies PSA claims

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The Tongan government says claims by the Public Service Association that the Cabinet has approved the outright sale of two of Tonga's orbital slots are false.

Help plea after American Samoa crash

Cyrus Suleman

The son of a man still missing after the plane crash off American Samoa says there should have been more help from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mobile app to combat human trafficking

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A Pacific human rights group is creating a mobile app and translating laws in an effort to combat human trafficking in Pacific Islands.

American Samoa combatting chikungunya

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The American Samoa Government is organising a major clean up this Friday in an effort to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes, which are responsible for an outbreak of chikungunya virus.

Police complaint against French HC in Tahiti

Gaston Flosse

A police complaint has been lodged against the French High Commissioner in French Polynesia for failing to execute a ruling by France's highest court.

Palau gears up for opening of leaders' summit

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Preparations are well underway in Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens in the capital Koror tonight.

Sport: Aussie golfers join Fiji International field

Veteran Australian golfers Craig Parry and Peter O'Malley have been added to the start list for next months Fiji International tournament.

Sport: Baby Manu locks joins Chiefs

The Samoa Under 20s lock Cameron Skelton has joined the Chiefs' Development programme. He's the younger brother of the Wallabies and Waratahs behemoth Will Skelton and like his brother is...

Sport: Samoa still hopeful for more Commonwealth medals

Samoa still have high hopes of adding to their sole medal at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Sport: Puamau continues strong run for Fiji swimmers

Fiji swimmer Caroline Puamau continued her strong form in the pool in Glasgow, finishing 12th overall in the 50m backstroke.

Sport: PNG's Wisil narrowly misses out on final appearance

Papua New Guinea sprinter Toea Wisil has narrowly missed out on a spot in the 100m final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.