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Relief supplies headed for Chuuk

The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Manny Mori, says a government vessel carrying relief supplies and medical personnel will leave for the state of Chuuk, which has been hard hit by Typhoon Maysack.

Casualties and damage after typhoon hits FSM's Chuuk

Authorities in the Federated States of Micronesia say there have been casualties and severe damage to infrastructure in Chuuk state after Typhoon Maysack hit on Sunday.

Small wave but no damage after massive PNG quake

The acting director of the Papua New Guinea National Disaster Office, Martin Mose, says they have not received any reports of damage following a tsunami alert on Monday.

NGO takes stock of growing list of PNG MPs being probed

The chairman of Transparency International Papua New Guinea admits it's becoming hard to keep track of all the members of parliament referred to the public prosecutor.

Mass breakout from PNG police station infuriates commissioner

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner has threatened to sack staff in the wake of a mass breakout at a Port Moresby police station last week.

Tuvalu elections to take place on Tuesday

Tuvalu will go to the polls tomorrow to vote in elections that have been twice postponed due to the widespread damage caused by cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu PM says opposition playing politics over Pam

The Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman says the opposition is being childish over its criticism of the government in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Jail term from American Samoa police officer

A police officer in American Samoa has been sentenced to 30 days in jail on charges of assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

PNG Police undergo training to combat sexual violence

Papua New Guinea police are undertaking a new round of training to help them address sexual violence in the community but also to make sure they are not part of the problem.

CNMI police chief wants latest gun suit dropped

The Northern Marianas police chief, James Deleon Guerrero, wants a second challenge to the islands' law banning the ownership of handguns dismissed.

Fiji MP calls for consistency over flag

Fiji's main opposition party say the government should be consistent on the policy to change the country's flag.

Cook Islands water project passes halfway point

The laying of new water ringmains around the Cook Islands main island of Rarotonga is now more than 50 per cent complete.

American Samoa business licence costs could soar

Business licence fees in American Samoa could increase by up to 1000 percent if a bill proposed by the administration is enacted into law.

New Zealand increases SPC assistance

New Zealand is to provide US$14 million in assistance to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community over the next two years.

US military to help rebuild national gym in Marshalls

A United States military engineering group is expected to begin work to renovate the national gymnasium in the Marshall Islands later this year.

Tsunami threat in PNG waters lifted

The Pacific Tsunami Center says the threat in the wake of an earthquake off Papua New Guinea's New Ireland has largely passed.

Discord over New Caledonia rolls persists

The three anti-independence parties in New Caledonia are strongly opposed to a French law proposal aimed at defining the electoral rolls for those allowed to vote in an independence referendum due by 2018.

Despite good progress, Tuvalu still struggling after Pam

Tuvalu's Prime Minister says the situation in his country remains dire and unstable two weeks after cyclone Pam, but he is happy with progress that has been made.

New Samoa top cop wants change

Samoa new police commissioner Egon Keil, who used to work for the Los Angeles police, says he wants to introduce a raft of new changes to the force.

All like their chances in Cooks by-election

Political parties in the Cook islands have been holding final meetings before the crucial Vaipae-Tautu by-election on Tuesday.