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Four police officers suspended in Samoa

Samoa's new Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, has suspended four officers for allegedly being involved in criminal activities and breaching their duties.

Work starts on schools in Tonga's Ha'apai

The reconstruction and renovation of primary schools in the Tongan islands of Ha'apai has finally begun more than a year after Cyclone Ian devastated the area.

Solomons commission wants tax-free public service

The Chairman of Solomon Islands Parliamentary Entitlements Commission which controversially removed taxes from MPs salaries this month says he wants income taxes removed for all public servants.

Cooks Government says FAD ban 'in place'

The Cooks Islands Government has defended its fishing policies following a protest and march against the use of fish aggregation devices.

Vanuatu govt defends post-Pam passport scheme

The Vanuatu government has defended a new scheme giving passports to overseas investors wanting to help rehabilitate Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam.

Fiji landowners want promised mine royalties

A petition will be presented to the Fiji government next month by landowners in the Northern Division who say they have not received any royalties from a bauxite mine they consented to in 2011.

HMNZS Canterbury returns to NZ

HMNZS Canterbury has arrived back in New Zealand after spending the last five weeks helping with relief and rebuild efforts in Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.

Chikungunya outbreak reported in Kiribati

Kiribati's Director of Public Health Tioboa Timeon has declared an outbreak of Chikungunya virus in most of the country's outer islands.

Leaders must address Forum headquarters - Tuilaepa

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says the Pacific Islands Forum must address whether its headquarters should remain in the Fiji capital, Suva.

Fiji villager allegedly beaten by police

Police in Fiji are alleged to have beaten a man in front of his family and fellow villagers on the northern island of Vanua Levu last month.

Tongan PM's house fire declared an accident

Tonga's Fire Commissioner has ruled out any malicious activity causing the blaze which destroyed much of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's residence.

PNG govt called on to solve tribal clashes

Papua New Guinea's deputy opposition leader, Sam Basil, says the national government needs to step in to solve problems that spark tribal clashes around the country.

New Caledonia leaders called to Paris over disagreements

The president of the French National Assembly has called for a meeting of New Caledonia's political leaders in Paris to overcome disagreements over a new electoral law for the territory's independence referendum.

Sport: Tonga, Fiji, PNG name teams for Pacific Test

Tonga, Fiji and Papua New Guinea have named their squads for Saturday's Pacific rugby league test double header on the Gold Coast.

Fish part of plan to erase malaria in Papua

Health authorities in Indonesia's Papua region say they're aiming to erase malaria by 2030.

Australian women MPs to mentor Fiji counterparts

Nine Australian women MPs are heading to Fiji this week to mentor Pacific island women politicians and discuss ways to tackle domestic violence.

Protests in Rarotonga against foreign fishing

About 400 people rallied in Rarotonga on Friday to protest the use of purse seine fishing and fish aggregation devices by foreign vessels in Cook Islands waters.

Reports of new Fiji Airways CEO denied

Fiji Airways has denied reports that the former head of Sri Lankan airlines has been appointed as the chief executive of Fiji's national carrier.

Sport: Pacific Oceania confident ahead of Davis Cup opener

Pacific Oceania are taking a confident approach into their Davis Cup tie in Bahrain as they bid to escape the bottom rung of international tennis.

Nauru and Abkhazia extend links

Nauru's foreign minister, David Adeang, has made a goodwill visit to Moscow and the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia.