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Solomons Independents offered money and power

Politicial Parties in Solomon Islands are allegedly offering independent MPs positions and cash to get them to join their ranks.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Claims Vanuatu MPs fund much bigger

A government MP in Vanuatu claims there have been reports that there are several million US dollars available to bribe the country's leaders.

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Vanuatu MP says black magic 'getting out of control'

A Vanuatu opposition MP who believes in 'black magic' says those who use it should face the death penalty.

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Guam senator hits out at lawmaker salary increases

A Guam senator is hitting out at large salary increases approved for the governor, lieutenant governor, senators and other lawmakers.

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Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old

Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail.

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Poverty, violence take toll on Kiribati children

A new report has found poverty and hardship is taking its toll on the children of Kiribati who make up nearly half the country's population.

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Anger in Samoa at failed land mediation

Samoa's Public Trust and the Land and Survey division are embroiled in a land claim and corruption allegations dating back to before independence.

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Election campaigning in Tonga finishes 24 hours out

Voters in Tonga go to the polls from 9 tomorrow morning with the supervisor of elections, Pita Vuki, saying results are expected within hours of the close at 4pm.

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Pacific UNICEF chief focuses on disability

UNICEF Pacific's new ambassador, Krishneer Sen says there is a still a lack of knowledge of childrens' rights.

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Two escape from Vanuatu container jail

In Vanuatu two high risk prisoners have escaped from the so called Container City jail funded and built with New Zealand aid.

Pago Pago, American Samoa

American Samoa to build new ferry

The American Samoa government has been given funding by the federal government to build a passenger and cargo ferry to operate between Tutuila and the Manu'a Islands.

The Ebola virus budding from a cell.

Pacific health security a challenge says WHO

The World Health Organisation says arboviruses and the threat of Ebola are the two top priorities challenging public health services in the Pacific Region.

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Vanuatu opposition to take legal action

The leader of the Vanuatu opposition says he will challenge the decision of the parliament to suspend him and other 15 MPs yesterday afternoon.

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Wages rises no deterrent for American Samoa cannery

The owner of the StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago is confident the company will overcome any challenge related to federally mandated wage hikes in American Samoa.

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CNMI against airspace restriction push

The United States Department of Defense wants restrictions on the airspace around Tinian and Saipan airports in the Northern Marianas.

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Not enough support for children with disabilities in Samoa

Samoa's first disabled Lawyer to be admitted to the bar says local NGO's are doing more to support children with disabilities than the government.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan

Sport: Fiji sevens coach says his team is the best in the world

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan believes he is coaching the best team in the world right now.

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Solomons commended for peaceful elections

The Regional Assistance Mission is congratulating the Solomon Islands people, the Electoral Commission and the Police for conducting what it says were fair, free and peaceful elections.

Claim Vanuatu govt MPs got money too

One of the 16 opposition MPs suspended from the Vanuatu parliament over alleged bribery says government MPs have also used what he calls a development fund.

Sport: Fiji and Samoa to square off for place in Cricket League 6

Fiji and Samoa will square off on Wednesday for a chance to earn promotion World Cricket League 6.

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Cannery to overcome wage hikes in American Samoa

The owner of the StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago is confident the company will overcome any challenge related to federally mandated wage hikes in American Samoa.

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Sport: Samoa Rugby Union rejects governance concerns

The Samoa Rugby Union says concerns over its governance and management are unfounded.

Vanuatu opposition leader Moana Carcasses

Vanuatu parliament suspends 16 MPs

Vanuatu's parliament has passed a motion to suspend 16 MPs over alleged bribes paid by the opposition leader.

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UNICEF announces newest Pacific Ambassador

UNICEF Pacific has announced their newest Pacific Ambassador, Krishneer Sen, who will advocate for children.

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Free market for independent MPs in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands political parties agree to an open market approach to lobby independent MPs amid post-election efforts to form government.

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French Polynesian politician questions compensation moves

A French Polynesian politician says a compensation bid by the territory's assembly may be an attempt to undermine the relationship with France.

Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Vanuatu's acting police chief in court on mutiny charge

Vanuatu's police chief will appear before the Supreme Court in relation to a conspiracy charge against him and five other officers.

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CDC issues Samoa chikungunya warning

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention agency has issued a warning about the threat in Samoa from chikungunya.

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PNG to build detention centre for overstayers

An immigration transit facility will be built in Papua New Guinea's capital to cater for overstayers and illegal immigrants.

Olivia Finau and her grandson, Lagilagi settlement at Jittu Estate, Suva, Fiji.

Habitat Fiji to build houses in city park

International non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity will build two houses in two days in the middle of Suva to promote its work.

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Chinese man kdinapped and beaten in Tonga

Police in Tonga are investigating the alleged abduction and beating of a 46 year old Chinese man.

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French Polynesia compo bid queried

There's speculation a move by French Polynesia's assembly to seek a huge compensation payout from France could simply be a power play to usurp the territory's president.

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Seoul boosts Pacific aid

South Korea has announced a half million US dollar boost in aid to the Pacific next year.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Vanuatu govt defends suspension call

Vanuatu's Parliament is later this afternoon expected to debate a motion to suspend the leader of the opposition, Moana Carcasses and 15 of his MPs.

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Fiji's pension fund to get increased contributions

Employers in Fiji have been told they will have to increase their contributions to the country's pension fund.

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Too much money on Cooks 50 years

The Cook Islands opposition party says the money set aside to celebrate 50 years of independence is excessive, and should be spent elsewhere.

The villagers of Longana look forward to harvesting first farmed fish.

Farmed fish in Vanuatu aid climate change fight

People on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu are looking forward to harvesting their first farmed fish after traditional supplies have been all but decimated by climate change.

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Independent Solomons' MPs criticised

Questions are being asked in Solomon Islands why some MPs ran in last week's election as independents despite backing a law requiring MPs to belong to registered parties.

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Last day for campaigning in Tonga today

An activist working with Tonga's Democrats says this year's election is one of the calmest in memory.

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Record black pearl seizure in French Polynesia

Customs authorities in French Polynesia have made a record seizure of black pearls, suspected of being used in the financing of drug deals.

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader Belden Namah

PNG Opposition want Budget re-submitted

Papua New Guinea's opposition continues to maintain that the government's budget announced last week was improper and incomplete.

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Cannery expansion limited by land in American Samoa

The new chief executive of the United States canned tuna company Starkist has visited American Samoa to confirm his committment to employees.

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ANZ report has Fiji growth rate at 4%

The ANZ bank says Fiji's economy is due for four percent growth this year and next, based mainly on its investment activity.

Sport: New faces turn out for Rarotonga's Vaka Eiva festival

Organisers of Rarotonga's annual Vaka Eiva outrigger canoeing festival says they've been heartened by another strong turnout this year, despite significant competition.

Dipak Patel

Sport: Barramundi's seek to take the next step

With a place at next year's World Twenty20 Qualifier secured, the Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel says the team now find a way to take their game to the next level.

Manu Samoa and England players join for a prayer post-match.

Sport: Players want to contribute to future of Samoan rugby

The Players' Association says the Manu Samoa squad want to step up and contribute to the future of rugby in their country but don't feel a partnership between the players and the SRU currently exists.

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Sport: Fiji 7s to receive bonus payments but improvements needed

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says there are still improvements to be made with player contracts but insists his team has not been distracted by off-field disputes in the build-up to Dubai.

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Solomons police keeping up presence

Solomon Islands police are stepping up operations in Honiara as MPs prepare for the often turbulent period surrounding the formation of the new government.

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American Samoa sexual abuse 'within families'

The American Samoa authorities say almost all sexual assaults and trafficking happens within families.

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'False' accusations against acting Tonga Power CEO

The CEO of Tonga Power says the company is well managed, and there were no issues in his absence.

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Pledges taken on violence against women

To mark today's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community have taken part in a pledge ceremony.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

Solomons PM election loss due to 'late ferry'

The outgoing Solomon Islands Prime Minister says he lost his seat in last week's election due to a late ferry.

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Utility costs in CNMI governor's sights

The re-elected governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, says his main priority is to bring down high rates at the local utility.

Solar panels that power the lighthouse on Tiritiri Matangi Island.

ADB behind huge Solar scheme in Cooks

The Cook Islands' dependence on fossil fuels should be slashed by a project to build solar-powered plants on six of its islands.

World Bank grants to Solomons

The World Bank has announced 14 million US dollars worth of grants to benefit the Solomon Islands.

School children from Tonga's Ha'apai Islands.

UN calls for investment in youth

The Pacific Director of the United Nations Population Fund says islands in the region have to invest more in youth in order to safeguard the countries' futures.