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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.

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.

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.

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.

Poverty tops concerns 50 days before Fiji polls

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Exactly fifty days to go before Fiji's general election, poverty and joblessness are high among the concerns of the country's grassroots.

No go on PNG police reconciliation meeting

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Papua New Guinea's acting deputy police commissioner, Jim Andrews, says there is no rift in the force and no need for any reconciliation.

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.

Forum leaders urged to speak on West Papua

Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek

The Pacific Islands Forum leaders in Palau have been urged to discuss human rights violations in West Papua.

Service for American Samoa plane crash victims

Cyrus Suleman, brother of 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman about to toss a wreath at sea, in honor of his brother and still missing father, Babar Suleman.

A memorial service has been held at sea in American Samoa in remembrance of the two victims of last week's plane crash.

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.

Vanuatu dumps MPs for disloyalty

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An extraordinary session of the Vanuatu parliament was adjourned yesterday until later on Tuesday.

Concerns over Solomons police re-arming

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A Solomon Islands academic has sounded a note of caution about moves to re-arm the local police force.

PNG contempt case to Supreme Court

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki

Papua New Guinea's Chief Justice has referred contempt charges laid against the police commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, to the Supreme Court to hear.

PNG court keeps Taskforce Sweep

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Papua New Guinea's national court has permanently stayed an attempt by the National Executive Council to disband the anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep.

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.

Fiji police probe welcomed

Felix Anthony

A former union chief and political party leader in Fiji Felix Anthony has welcomed police assurances a case of alleged assault against him by members of the Bainimarama government will be followed up.

PNG police accused of destructive village raid

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Police in Papua New Guinea have been accused of raiding and burning down a village in Southern Highlands province, which has left two people dead and hundreds homeless.

Niue's tourism plan defended

 A beach on Niue

The Niue Tourism Authority Board says it is confident the country's new strategic plan for tourism outlines a clear path for substantial growth.

PM launches 'Fiji Health for All'

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, says the attitude of some medical staff to their professional duties is a contributor to poor levels of healthcare in the country.

Marshall Islands the model for shark protection

The Marshall Islands shark protection legislation is being used as a global model by an international conservation group.

Fiji's PDP announces more candidates

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Former civil servants, farmers and community workers make up the latest batch of candidates of Fiji's People's Democratic Party.

Fiji Forum suspension 'traumatic'

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The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says the suspension of Fiji from the 16-strong group has been a traumatic experience for member countries.

Solomons yet to find suitable local police chief

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An academic says there remains a public perception in Solomon Islands that it is still too difficult to find a suitable local to be the Police Commissioner.

Flosse unmoved by Paris court ruling

The French High Commission in French Polynesia

French Polynesia's president is still in office - four days after France's highest court advised the French High Commisson in Tahiti that Gaston Flosse had lost his appeal and he was disqualified from public office for three years.

Vanuatu Independence celebrations underway

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Police in Vanuatu are on alert this week to ensure the country's 34th Independence Day celebrations this week go smoothly.

Help needed for American Samoa crash victims

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The family of the plane crash victims in American Samoa is appealing for more help in the search for the sole missing victim of the crash.

Betelnut to be packaged for sale in PNG capital

Betelnut-stained mouth, Papua New Guinea.

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's national capital has signed a deal with a company that will see betelnut sold in packaged form.

Forum leaders asked not to smoke


Health authorities on Palau have asked Pacific Island Forum leaders to lead the way and not to smoke during this week's summit.

Samoa police to trap stray dogs in Apia

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The police in Samoa say they will trap dogs in the capital ahead of the Small Islands Developing States conference in September.

Hospital CEO in American Samoa at odds with board

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The former American Samoa hospital CEO says his sacking was due to irreconcilable differences with the board.

45th PIF summit to open in Palau

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More than 300 delegates are expected in the Micronesian state of Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens on Tuesday.

Polynesian Group chooses Niue as new chair

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The Polynesian Leaders Group has chosen Niue as the chair for next year, taking over from French Polynesia.

Solomons police boss under scrutiny

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands police force has has come under criticism for the appointment of a man accused of manufacturing a riot at an Australian offshore detention centre.

Fiji police to decide on union boss assault

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A leader of a political party in Fiji says no action has been taken by the Fiji Police Force on the people who had allegedly assaulted him in 2012.

Sport: Fiji Rugby Union to offer full-time sevens contracts

The Fiji Rugby Union will introduce full-time player contracts for the upcoming World Sevens Series, and have also announced a higher threshold for bonus payments.

Sport: Samoa miss out on sevens medal, PNG's Wisil reaches semis

The Manu Samoa sevens team have missed out a medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after Australia ran out 24-0 winners in the bronze playoff.

Indonesia breaks rules to ink Freeport deal

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

The outgoing Indonesia administration has signed a deal with the United States company operating one of the world's largest copper and gold mines in West Papua.

Academic says Forum still relevant

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A Fiji academic in Australia says the Pacific Islands Forum is going through a turbulent phase but it is still a key body in the region.