The Kiribati parliament has passed the first reading of the amendment to the penal code to adopt the death penalty.
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says it is demeaning and offensive to claim the indigenous people of Fiji need protecting.
Fiji's People's Democratic Party says political parties' campaigns have been compromised after surprise plans for pre-polling which begins tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
Social development, health, women and youth are the themes of the Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa this afternoon.
Tonga says it's the first country to put in place regulations for managing deep-sea mining and seabed mineral activities.
Two senior MPs from Tonga's Democratic party have announced they will be standing as independents in November's elections.
Coastal monitoring stations have been set up in Papua New Guinea aimed at reducing sea incidents.
The Tuvalu government says its new policy of subsidising flights for its seafarers is helping them hold jobs in a tough market.
Banks in French Polynesia are reporting a business slowdown after a promising beginning of the year.
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.
A new report says cruise tourism is bringing over $31 million US dollars into the Vanuatu economy each year.
Solomon Islands health authorities are calling for parents in Honiara and the provinces to vaccinate their children against measles.
The Tuvalu government says domestic violence statistics show it's decreasing but still requires collaboration from members of the public to further discourage it.
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.
Papua New Guinea's top cricketers are close to signing off on contracts that will make them full-time professionals.
The United Nations head for Disaster Risk Reduction says while the Pacific is mentally prepared for natural disasters, its institutional capacity is lacking.
A new Asia Development Bank report says privatisation could be crucial to improving the performance of state-owned enterprises in the Pacific.
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.
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister says Pacific values should be more prominent in moulding the development agendas of Pacific nations.
The United Nations says it will spare no effort in seeking the release of the 45 Fijian soldiers held hostage by Syrian rebels.
The Northern Marianas healthcare corporation says it is monitoring access points everyday to safeguard against the Ebola virus.
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.
The largest solar array in the South Pacific has been officially opened in the middle of a racecourse in Apia.
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.
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.
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.
The first session of the Small Islands Developing States conference in Samoa this afternoon will focus on sustainable economic development.
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.
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's Police Commissioner has reportedly confirmed that the investigation into a man who died in police custody last month has been completed.
Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to end what it says are attacks on freedom of expression in the country's Papuan region.
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.
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.
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'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.
A member of the Papua New Guinea parliament has called for an inter-departmental committee to investigate the decimation of the parliamentary opposition.
The Solomon Islands Health Ministry has confirmed that two children have died from complications related to measles, as the outbreak escalates.
New Caledonia's president, Cynthia Ligeard, has linked the territory's institutional future to finding a common policy on nickel.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
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.
The Fiji military has set up a crisis centre for the families of 44 Fijian soldiers captured by Syrian rebels last week.
The House of Representatives in the Northern Marianas has rejected the Senate's version of the $US134.33-million budget for fiscal year 2015.
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.
Tonga's Minister of Public Enterprises says he has approached the Japanese Government to speed up repairs to the water supply on Niuatoputapu.
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.
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.
Two French journalists detained in Jayapura have said that they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.
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.
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.
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.