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Kiribati proposes death penalty

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The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the amendment to the penal code to adopt the death penalty.

Fiji's Bainimarama scorns Sodelpa policies

Fiji Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, at Nasau Village, Wainibuka, 2014.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says it is demeaning and offensive to claim the indigenous people of Fiji need protecting.

'Surprise' pre-polling in Fiji knocks campaigning

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Fiji's People's Democratic Party says political parties' campaigns have been compromised after surprise plans for pre-polling which begins tomorrow.

Capture of Fiji troops 'unprecedented', says academic

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A New Zealand-based professor says 45 Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are being used as bargainning chips in what he says is an unprecedented event.

Specific women's goal on post 2015 agenda

The head of United Nations Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka.

UN Women says its post-2015 development agenda will have a stand-alone goal for women, focusing on gender-based violence, economic empowerment and leadership in the public and private sectors.

Solomons watchdog introduces 'integrity pledge'

Downtown Honiara

An anti-corruption watchdog in Solomon Islands is calling for election candidates to sign an integrity pledge to show their commitment to being transparent and accountable.

70 social development partnerships at SIDS

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the SIDS conference in Samoa.

Social development, health, women and youth are the themes of the Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa this afternoon.

Tonga puts in place historic seabed law

Sampling copper under the sea

Tonga says it's the first country to put in place regulations for managing deep-sea mining and seabed mineral activities.

Two more Demo MPs to go alone in Tonga's elections

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Two senior MPs from Tonga's Democratic party have announced they will be standing as independents in November's elections.

New maritime sensor systems installed in PNG

Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

Coastal monitoring stations have been set up in Papua New Guinea aimed at reducing sea incidents.

Tuvalu policy on seafarers sees job improvements

Export growth has slowed and expected to further deteriorate over the second half of the year.

The Tuvalu government says its new policy of subsidising flights for its seafarers is helping them hold jobs in a tough market.

French Polynesia business lending slows

Market in Papeete, French Polynesia

Banks in French Polynesia are reporting a business slowdown after a promising beginning of the year.

Fiji begins pre-polling this week

Fiji voting information pamphlets

The elections authorities in Fiji say they will continue to distribute voter education material in coming days with people in remote areas due to start voting on Wednesday.

Cruises pumping funds into Vanuatu

240414. Photo RNZ. Vanuatu. Port Vila, Port Vila harbour, Iririki, tropics, sailing, yachting

A new report says cruise tourism is bringing over $31 million US dollars into the Vanuatu economy each year.

Calls for measles jabs in Solomons

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Solomon Islands health authorities are calling for parents in Honiara and the provinces to vaccinate their children against measles.

Domestic violence still on police radar in Tuvalu

An old shipwreck in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu government says domestic violence statistics show it's decreasing but still requires collaboration from members of the public to further discourage it.

Fighting in Golan where Fijians held

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

Activists have reported renewed fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in the Golan Heights, where 44 Fijian peacekeepers were taken by the rebels on Thursday.

Sport: PNG cricketers close to signing full-time contracts

Papua New Guinea's top cricketers are close to signing off on contracts that will make them full-time professionals.

Pacific disaster management lacking - UN

A seawall protecting a home from coastal erosion in Kiribati, climate change.

The United Nations head for Disaster Risk Reduction says while the Pacific is mentally prepared for natural disasters, its institutional capacity is lacking.

Report encourages privatisation of Pacific SOEs

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A new Asia Development Bank report says privatisation could be crucial to improving the performance of state-owned enterprises in the Pacific.

Nusra demands release of al-Qaida leader for UN peacekeepers

The 45 Fiji soldiers captured by al-Nusra in Golan Heights.

A commander with the Islamist Nusra Front says 45 Fijian peacekeepers have been detained because the UN Disengagement Observer Force is ignoring the suffering of the Syrian people.

PNG PM says growth must be managed well

The PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaking at the SIDS Conference in Samoa.

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister says Pacific values should be more prominent in moulding the development agendas of Pacific nations.

UN to 'spare no effort' for Fijian soldiers

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the SIDS conference in Samoa

The United Nations says it will spare no effort in seeking the release of the 45 Fijian soldiers held hostage by Syrian rebels.

CNMI hospital on Ebola watch

Research shows Ebola drug ZMapp is 100 percent effective in monkeys.

The Northern Marianas healthcare corporation says it is monitoring access points everyday to safeguard against the Ebola virus.

45 Fiji soldiers now believed to be held in Syria

The 45 Fiji soldiers captured by al-Nusra in Golan Heights.

Fiji authorities now say that 45 of its soldiers are being held by Syrian rebels in the Golan heights, one more than has been claimed for the past three days.

Pacific's largest solar array opens

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The largest solar array in the South Pacific has been officially opened in the middle of a racecourse in Apia.

Training top priority for Solomons new Police Chief

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Solomon Islands new police commissioner Frank Prendergast says his vision for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is a competent, confident force that is trusted by its community.

PNG officers to stand trial over slashing achilles tendons

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Six Papua New Guinea police officers will stand trial over slashing the achilles tendons of 74 men in an attack in Port Moresby last year.

PNG Govt supports those affected by volcanic eruption

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's government has allocated 405 thousand US dollars to help people affected by Friday's volcanic eruption in East New Britain province.

Economic issues on today's SIDS agenda

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The first session of the Small Islands Developing States conference in Samoa this afternoon will focus on sustainable economic development.

Fiji's NFP reports confusion over pre-polling

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Fiji's National Federation Party says pre-polling due to start this week is confused, rushed and disorganised and there are voters who still don't know they are meant to vote before election day.

Vanuatu MPs claim fraud as signatures withdrawn

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Two government back-benchers in Vanuatu say their signatures were used fraudulently on a motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister Joe Natuman, and have withdrawn them.

Fiji police completes brutality probe

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Fiji's Police Commissioner has reportedly confirmed that the investigation into a man who died in police custody last month has been completed.

Rights group calls on Indonesia to stop 'attacks on freedoms'

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Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to end what it says are attacks on freedom of expression in the country's Papuan region.

UN shaping post-2015 agenda

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says the post-2015 agenda will focus on sustainable goals covering social, economic and environmental dimensions.

Marshalls medical mission ends

The Pacific Islands Forum is formally opened in Majuro.

A team of ear, nose and throat specialists has performed over 50 surgery procedures in the Marshall Islands, many of them life-saving, during a 10-day visit from the United States.

Measles vaccination to start in Solomons

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Health authorities in Solomon Islands are scrambling to control a measles outbreak in the country which has claimed the lives of two children, with more than 500 cases reported so far.

Fiji will keep troops in Golan Heights

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Fiji's military commander says withdrawing the country's troops from the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel is completely out of the question for the government.

PNG MP calls for probe into opposition 'decimation'

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

A member of the Papua New Guinea parliament has called for an inter-departmental committee to investigate the decimation of the parliamentary opposition.

Two dead in Solomons from measles

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The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.

Unity needed on nickel in New Caledonia

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New Caledonia's president, Cynthia Ligeard, has linked the territory's institutional future to finding a common policy on nickel.

UN concern at climate change in Pacific

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.

PNG MP calls for toxic waste facts on Porgera

Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

The MP for Porgera in Papua New Guinea's Enga province, Nixon Mangape, has called for independent scientific monitoring of the level of toxic waste from the Porgera gold mine.

Fiji sets up crisis centre for troops' families

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The Fiji military has set up a crisis centre for the families of 44 Fijian soldiers captured by Syrian rebels last week.

House rejects Senate budget bill in CNMI

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The House of Representatives in the Northern Marianas has rejected the Senate's version of the $US134.33-million budget for fiscal year 2015.

Pacific nations 'angry' at lack of progress

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The World Bank's climate change advocate says the bank's key role is to ensure that small island states have improved resilience to the effects of climate change.

Japan approached over Tonga water problems

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Tonga's Minister of Public Enterprises says he has approached the Japanese Government to speed up repairs to the water supply on Niuatoputapu.

Human trafficking in Guam a 'problem'

The US Naval base at Orote Peninsula, Guam

An NGO in Guam says human trafficking is a bigger problem on the island then people think, calling on locals to be more vigilant and observant about what goes on around them.

Sport: PNG Hunters miss out on playoffs

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have missed out on a playoff berth in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition, after results went against them in the final round of the regular season.

Detained journalists in Papua were 'doing their duty'

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

Two French journalists detained in Jayapura have said that they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.

SPC cautious on diseases at SIDS meeting

240414. Photo RNZ. Samoa

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has mobilised a team of health surveillance specialists to help authorities in Samoa with public health surveillance at this week's Small Island Developing States conference.

New Solomon Islands Bank surprised at early success

The Solomon Islands' newest commercial bank, Pan Oceanic Bank, says it's had a resounding response with more than 5000 accounts opened in its first two months.

Vanuatu PM may faces yet another no confidence vote

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

A motion for a vote of no confidence against Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, has been lodged with speaker of the country's parliament.