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Nauru govt blames previous administrations for lawsuit

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The Minister of Finance in Nauru is blaming past administrations for a lawsuit that could cost the country tens of millions of dollars.

Gaston Flosse returns Legion of Honour in protest

Disgraced former president Gaston Flosse says France is ungrateful to him

French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, has returned his French Legion Of Honour in protest at not being pardoned for corruption.

PNG PM hits out at Ombudsman Commission

Papua New Guinea's Chief Ombudsman Rigo Lua

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has questioned the impartiality of the Ombudsman Commission over the opposition leader.

Medical marijuana info pamplets to be sent to Guam voters

Medical marijuana plants in Ontario, Canada.

The Guam Election Commission will be posting out 50,000 pamphlets on the upcoming medical marijuana vote this Friday.

Fiji's CCF seeks revival of information bill

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Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum wants to revive a bill on freedom of information as the new parliament prepares to sit.

PNG PM launches TB campaign

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks to the public.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has launched a National Awareness Campaign about Tuberculosis.

5 years after tsunami, American Samoan reflects on its loss

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Five years on from the Polynesia tsunami, an American Samoa mother who lost her daughter in the disaster reflects.

Five PNG police officers arrested for Mekeo shooting

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Five police officers from PNG's Central province have been arrested in relation to the shooting of a man in Mekeo.

Axiom restarts operations in Solomon Islands

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Axiom Mining has restarted prospecting in Solomon Islands after winning a High Court battle against Japanese miner Sumitomo.

Election only the beginning says Fiji's CCF chief

The Executive Director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum Akuila Yabaki.

The CEO of Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum says the group has a lot of work ahead of it to empower people after the recent election.

Real Tonga appalled at Government treatment

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The owner of Real Tonga Airlines says it is irresponsible of the Tonga Government to revoke its operating licences without notifying them.

Threat to Solomons World Heritage Site

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The Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment is concerned for the preservation of the country's World Heritage listed site - Lake Tegano, on Rennel Island.

Amnesty lifts American Samoa population

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American Samoa has more than 4,000 new lawful residents after immigration amnesty was provided under a bill signed by the Governor.

Senior Solomons bureaucrats resign to contest poll

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Three senior public servants in Solomon islands have resigned their posts to contest the national elections later this year.

Guam policeman charged with sex crimes

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Guam police officer, arrested earlier this month, has been indicted on charges of rape, official misconduct and abetting prostitution.

Sport: Australian Prime Minister's 13 team named for PNG clash

A strong Australian Prime Minister's 13 squad has been announced to face Papua New Guinea in next weekend's annual clash in Kokopo.

Sport: Fiji Schools rugby team expect improvement

The Fiji secondary schools rugby team expect to put in a much better showing in Tuesday afternoon's clash against New Zealand Schools in Porirua.

Sport: Tonga sevens team in race against time

Tonga's new sevens coach admits preparations have been far from ideal leading into this weekend's Oceania Sevens at Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Vanuatu ponders nickel plant

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The office of Vanuatu's Prime Minister says investors hoping to build a nickel smelter on Santo have been asked to submit a formal proposal.

Refugees protest on Nauru

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About 80 refugees have staged a protest in Nauru, marching on the Australian High Commission.

Vanuatu UMP leader scoffs at motion talk

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

A senior Vanuatu opposition MP has scoffed at reports of another motion of no-confidence being prepared against the prime minister Joe Natuman.

Higher growth expected for Solomons economy

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The Central Bank of Solomon Islands says the economy is growing more strongly than it had anticipated after the massive flooding disaster in April.

TB misconceptions hamper PNG

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Port Moresby General Hospital says it is running out of space in its wards to cater for the number of tuberculosis patients in Papua New Guinea's largest city.

Polye confirms move to PNG opposition

Papua New Guinea's former Treasurer, Don Polye

Papua New Guinea's former treasurer Don Polye has confirmed that he and his Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party have joined the country's opposition.

SPTO awaits Fiji tourism vision

Fiji huts

The head of the regional tourism organisation says Fiji's tourism stakeholders are anxiously awaiting to hear the newly elected government's vision for tourism over the next four years.

PNG Power workers threaten to withdraw services

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Workers at Papua New Guinea's energy provider have threatened to withdraw their service unless the government settles its outstanding claims by Friday.

Princess Anne to visit Vanuatu

Princess Anne

Princess Anne is reported to be visiting Vanuatu next month when it hosts the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue.

Fiji vote for Bainimarama "mostly out of fear"

Roshika Deo

An independent candidate who failed to win a seat in Fiji's parliament says fear and insecurity led to Frank Bainimarama's victory in the election two weeks ago.

Samoa PM upset at IRB eligibility ruling

Samoa's Prime Minister and Rugby Union head, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's Prime Minister and chairman of the country's rugby union has attacked the International Rugby Board's latest rulings on eligibility.

EU promises billions in sustainable development aid

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The European Union will allocate over 3 billion-US dollars in grants to support sustainable energy in developing countries over the next seven years.

Bougainville remembers Alexis Sarei

A man in a fishing canoe/boat in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

A state funeral was held in Bougainville on Friday for one of the Papua New Guinea autonomous province's most celebrated sons.

27 women lining up for elections in Solomons

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Solomon Islands National Council of Women says 27 aspiring women politicians are intending to contest the National Elections later this year.

Tuvalu language use encouraged in NZ

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The language of Tuvalu is being celebrated in New Zealand this week in an effort to showcase Tuvaluan culture and pride.

Refugees to march on Nauru

Protest at Nauru family residential compound - 27 September, 2014.

More than 100 refugees are expected to take part in a protest march to the Australian High Commission office in Nauru this afternoon.

Latest split in Vanuatu Parlt over Presidential vote

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

The latest talk in Vanuatu of a possible attempt to unseat the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, is focussing on dissatisfaction over his backing for Baldwin Lonsdale as the new President.

Vanuatu nickel project has merits, says Vohor

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A leading MP from Santo in Vanuatu says local people stand to benefit from a planned project to build a major nickel plant on the island.

Vanuatu MP urges govt to consider nickel plant

Santo, Vanuatu

A Vanuatu opposition MP from Sanma province says a plan for a major nickel development on Santo is worth considering.

Four die in road accident at Papua's Freeport

The Freeport McMoran mine near Grasberg, West Papua

Operations at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia's West Papua stopped temporarily on Saturday after four miners were killed in an accident.

Fiji independent plans political party

Roshika Deo

An independent candidate who failed to get elected in Fiji's polls says she and her supporters plan to set up a political party to fight the next election.

Tahoeraa wins Tahiti's French Senate seats

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French Polynesia has elected the two candidates of the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party as the territory's members of the French Senate.

American Samoa budget waiting on Governor's signature

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The American Samoa Legislature has given final approval to the Government's 2015 budget.

Cooks government majority imperiled

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The leader of the main Cook Islands opposition party says last week's court decision on its electoral petition could lead to a hung parliament.

Solomons mine licensing practice queried

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An anti-corruption watchdog in Solomon Islands says the government has to explain how two Asian companies got licences to either prospect or mine for bauxite in Rennell and Bellona.

New Caledonia party to boycott Paris talks

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A main New Caledonian pro-independence party has decided to boycott this week's Paris talks about the Noumea Accord.

'I kept my promise' says Fiji PM

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Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has told the United Nations General Assembly that he has kept his promise about returning Fiji to democracy.

Russia-Fiji ties discussed at UN

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Russia's Defence Minister is expected to visit Fiji early next year.The visit was discussed at a meeting between Fiji's Prime Minister and Russia's Foreign Minister at the UN.

The LDS church begins to build 114 houses destroyed in Ha'apai

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga is starting to rebuild 114 houses that were destroyed by Cyclone Ian earlier this year.

Sport: PNG cricketers snap losing streak

It's taken four games but the Papua New Guinea cricketers finally secured their first victory in the South Australian Premier League, beating the Southern Force by three wickets in Darwin on Sunday.

Sport: Samoa Rugby Union backs Asian Super Rugby bid

The Samoa Rugby Union has formally endorsed the Asia Pacific Dragons to be the 18th Super Rugby team when the competition expands in 2016.

Sport: Tiki Toa too strong for England

The Tahiti beach soccer team has beaten England 3-2 in Papeete, to complete a clean sweep in their two-match series and mark the one year anniversary of hosting the World Cup in style.

All parties have say in Fiji parliamentary year

Fiji's refurbished parliament, a stone building with clock tower at entrance

A parliamentary development expert helping Fiji set up its parliament says all political parties will have a say in determining its calendar for the year.

Sport: Fiji Schools put spotlight on defensive problems

The Fiji secondary schools rugby team admit they have a lot of work to do after a horror start to the international series in New Zealand.

Tonga and Nevada National Guard in security co-operation

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Tonga's Defence Force is hoping a budding relationship with the Nevada National Guard will benefit the people of the kingdom in times of disaster.

Wallis and Futuna retains senator

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna.

Wallis and Futuna has confirmed Robert Laufoaulu as the territory's sole member of the French Senate.

Panguna landowners back PNG's ABG

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Landowner groups in the Panguna region in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are strongly supportive of the Autonomous Government's moves for a return to mining.

Flosse hired by Tahiti's ruling party

Gaston Flosse

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira party has hired the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, as an advisor and given him an office at the territorial assembly.