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Firebird appeal against Nauru dismissed

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An Australian court has dismissed an appeal by a US fund management company which has been trying to recover 27 million US dollars owed by Nauru in government bonds.

No police comment on PNG raid

The Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, Geoffrey Vaki.

There has been no police comment in Papua New Guinea following yesterday's raid of the the National Fraud and Anti Corruption office by armed police from another unit.

Fijian Elections Office records criticised

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Fiji's Auditor General says the Elections Office failed to keep proper records around the employment of voter registration clerks which increased the risk of fraud.

Solomons' miner told tailings threat its responsibility

Gold Ridge mine, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands says the onus is on Australian mine operator, St Barbara, to sort out any threat should the Gold Ridge tailings dam bursts.

Samoa Media Council bill debated in Parliament

A'eau Peniamina

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the proposed Media Council legislation has been long overdue and should have been in place in the past years.

Tonga rejects PSA threat claims

The National Shield of Tonga

The Tonga government says claims by Public Services International it is threatening and repressing public servants are completely unfounded.

Fiji reports pinpoint salary overspending

Government buildings, Suva

Reports from Fiji say the recently released Auditor General's reports reveal overspending on salaries by some ministries.

Human rights lawyer fears for Nauru refugees

Nauru is trying to overturn a decision that froze the country's bank accounts.

An Australian human rights advocate says he fears some asylum seekers on Nauru will agree to be resettled in Cambodia out of desperation.

Cooks minister denies bribing Mitiaro voters

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The Cook Islands Finance Minister denies development plans for Mitiaro are bribing voters in the upcoming by-election.

Visa rules at centre of Papua trial

Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois

An Indonesian expert witness says the two French journalists on trial in Papua for misuse of a tourist visa were involved in journalistic activities as defined by law.

NZ union backed charity educates Fiji workers

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A charity backed by New Zealand unions is helping Fiji workers learn about their rights as weakened Fiji unions struggle with restrictive decrees.

Legal snags slow Tahiti tourism project

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The French Polynesian president, Edouard Fritch, says legal issues about the tendering process need to be resolved for the launch of the Mahana Beach Resort.

Public Services International concerned about Tonga workers

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Public Services International is expressing serious concerns with what it calls the ongoing threats and repression against public servants in Tonga.

Cooks budget eyes tourism, health and celebrations

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The Cook Islands Minister of Finance says tourism, health and the 50-year independence celebrations will be the focus of the coming year's budget.

Pacific Red Cross leaders agree on joint approach

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Red Cross leaders in the Pacific have for the first time decided on a joint approach for the region, ahead of several major international conferences in the coming year.

Cambodian officials to meet with Nauru asylum seekers

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Cambodian government officials are expected to travel to Nauru to give refugees an honest idea of life in Cambodia.

French Polynesia mayor forced out for 18 months

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The administrative court in French Polynesia has ordered the removal of the mayor of Mahina over a formal irregularity during his election campaign.

PNG police task force to combat police brutality

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

The Papua New Guinea government is to set up a Police Task Force to combat police brutality.

Samoa health sector to improve complaints procedures

Samoa’s Director General of Health and CEO of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri.

The Samoa Ministry of Health is planning a new framework to better deal with complaints made against the sector.

Call for action, as Indonesian president visits Papua

Joko Widodo

West Papua activists are calling on the new president of Indonesia to begin addressing Papua's human rights grievances during his first official visit there today.

Fijian player named in England rugby squad

Bath's Fijian winger Semesa Rokoduguni.

England have named Fiji-born winger Semesa Rokoduguni in their rugby squad for November's internationals.

Sport: Samoa league coach looks to move on from nightclub incident

Samoa Rugby League Logo

The Samoa rugby league coach says the team has responded positively to the night-club incident which led to three players being stood down ahead of their opening Four Nations match against England on Saturday.

Sport: PNG Football downplays home advantage

Papua New Guinea flag.

The Papua New Guinea Football General Secretary Dimirit Mileng says home advantage will only take his country's womens team so far.

Sport: Samoa league coach expects brutal encounter

Toa Samoa Rugby League Team

The Samoa rugby league coach is expecting a confrontational beginning to the Four Nations tournament on Saturday.

American Samoa government seeks farmers advice

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Farmers in American Samoa are being asked how the government can best assist them in helping improve economic development.

Fiji 2007 audit shows military overspend

Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

An audit into the Fiji military's spending shows it spent 23 million US dollars over its allocated budget in 2007, the year after it staged a coup.

PNG fraud office raided

The Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, Geoffrey Vaki.

Media reports in Papua New Guinea say the National Fraud and Anti Corruption office was raided by armed police from another unit.

Bougainville to begin search for missing war dead

An aerial view of Arawa, Bougainville

The Bougainville government has adopted a new policy with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross to locate individuals, killed during the civil war in the PNG province.

Australian parliamentary committee welcomes Norfolk petition

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A key Australian parliamentarian says he welcomes any petition from Norfolk Islanders against Canberra's recommendation to repeal the island's self-governance.

Fritch meets French president

Edouard Fritch

French Polynesia's president, Edouard Fritch, has revealed that he met the French president Francois Hollande during his recent Paris visit.

New Caledonia mission stirs loyalists

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A top French parliamentarian has refuted claims that an information mission to New Caledonia will be tasked with defining the outline of the territory's independence.

Indonesian president to visit Papua

Joko Widodo

West Papua activists are calling on the new president of Indonesia to begin addressing Papua's human rights grievances during his first official visit beginning today.

Prosecution witnesses testify in Papua journalists' trial

Thomas Dandois

Witnesses for the prosecution in the trial of two French journalists in Indonesia's Papua province say they never saw them conducting journalistic activities.

CNMI reports surge in Chinese visitors in 2014

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

Tourists from China are now the primary visitors to the Northern Marianas, in what is a first for the islands' tourism industry.

Tonga's domestic carrier defends standards

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The head of Tonga's domestic airline says he was relieved to hear it would not be replaced.

Niue's High Commissioner calls for people to 'return home'

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Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand says the country's 40th anniversary of self-governance signals it is time for more Niueans to return home.

Fiji committee soon to scrutinise govt audit

The leader of the Fiji National Federation Party, Biman Prasad.

The chairman of the newly-appointed Public Accounts Committee in Fiji, Biman Prasad, says it will soon begin scrutinising the last seven years of government spending.

Low pay holding Fiji back as ethical garment-maker

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Fiji could fill a big gap in the market for ethically produced garments but low wages are holding it back.

Sport: PNG sees World Cup hosting as boost to society

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Papua New Guinea Football's General Secretary says hosting the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in 2016 would help alleviate social problems in the country.

Sport: Toa Samoa leave three players out of opener

Toa Samoa Rugby League Team

Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have all been left out of the Toa Samoa squad for their opening Four Nations rugby league match against England this weekend after being involved in a night-club skirmish over the weekend.

Sport: The Cook Islands Football team face daunting task

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The Cook Islands Women's Football coach isn't under any illusions about the magnitude of the task at hand for his young squad.

Sport: Fiji Cricket prepares to bowl over opponents

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen

The Fiji Cricket coach says his team should have the fastest bowling attack at the upcoming East-Asia Pacific region's Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Initial report on PNG plane crash released

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands.

An initial report on last month's fatal plane crash in Papua New Guinea says the pilot lost visibility late on its descent, after earlier requesting clearance to descend.

Jokowi focus on Papua may lack support

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Efforts by Indonesia's new President to solve political, social and economic issues in Papua region may be restricted by a lack of support.

Fiji Airways opens own flight planning unit

A Fiji Airways plane

Fiji's national airline has opened its own flight planning unit, a service previously outsourced to Air New Zealand.

Officials won't back down on Port Moresby betel nut ban

Betel Nut, or Buai

Port Moresby officials say they won't back down on it's betel nut ban enforcement programs.

Kiribati signs with broadband provider Kacific

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Kiribati is the latest island nation to sign an agreement with emerging Satellite broadband provider Kacific.

PNG's Air Niugini to increase daily flights

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Papua New Guinea's national airline Air Niugini will increase its daily flights to accommodate the upcoming peak season. The newspaper, The National, reports its chief executive, Simon Foo, as saying...

Tonga MA60 plane in continued use

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A Tongan plane at the centre of New Zealand sanctions since 2012 is still making domestic flights to Vava'u.

American Samoa takes steps to prepare for Ebola

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

American Samoa is preparing for any cases of Ebola, with procedures in place to safeguard the territory's borders

Jones appointed HC to Mauritius

Shane Jones.

Former New Zealand MP Shane Jones will serve as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Mauritius and the Seychelles in addition to Nauru.