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Poverty tops concerns 50 days before Fiji polls

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Exactly fifty days to go before Fiji's general election, poverty and joblessness are high among the concerns of the country's grassroots.

No go on PNG police reconciliation meeting

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Papua New Guinea's acting deputy police commissioner, Jim Andrews, says there is no rift in the force and no need for any reconciliation.

Service for plane crash victims

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

A memorial service has been held at sea in American Samoa in remembrance of the two victims of last week's plane crash.

Vanuatu dumps MPs for disloyalty

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An extraordinary session of the Vanuatu parliament was adjourned yesterday until later on Tuesday.

PNG court keeps Taskforce Sweep

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Papua New Guinea's national court has permanently stayed an attempt by the National Executive Council to disband the anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep.

Niue's tourism plan defended

 A beach on Niue

The Niue Tourism Authority Board says it is confident the country's new strategic plan for tourism outlines a clear path for substantial growth.

Fiji's PDP announces more candidates

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Former civil servants, farmers and community workers make up the latest batch of candidates of Fiji's People's Democratic Party.

Flosse unmoved by Paris court ruling

The French High Commission in French Polynesia

French Polynesia's president is still in office - four days after France's highest court advised the French High Commisson in Tahiti that Gaston Flosse had lost his appeal and he was disqualified from public office for three years.

Betelnut to be packaged for sale in PNG capital

Betelnut-stained mouth, Papua New Guinea.

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's national capital has signed a deal with a company that will see betelnut sold in packaged form.

Hospital CEO in American Samoa at odds with board

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The former American Samoa hospital CEO says his sacking was due to irreconcilable differences with the board.

Polynesian Group chooses Niue as new chair

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The Polynesian Leaders Group has chosen Niue as the chair for next year, taking over from French Polynesia.

Ha'apai victims lack food, housing

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A People's Representative for Ha'apai in Tonga where a category-five cyclone displaced 5,000 people in January says residents do not have enough food and up to 200 families are still living in tents.

Sport: Samoa miss out on sevens medal, PNG's Wisil reaches semis

The Manu Samoa sevens team have missed out a medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after Australia ran out 24-0 winners in the bronze playoff.

Warning on vote-selling in Solomons

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Transparency Solomon Islands is trying to encourage people not to sell their votes in this year's general election.

Concerns over Solomons police re-arming

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A Solomon Islands academic has sounded a note of caution about moves to re-arm the local police force.

Fiji police probe welcomed

Felix Anthony

A former union chief and political party leader in Fiji Felix Anthony has welcomed police assurances a case of alleged assault against him by members of the Bainimarama government will be followed up.

PM launches 'Fiji Health for All'

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, says the attitude of some medical staff to their professional duties is a contributor to poor levels of healthcare in the country.

Fiji Forum suspension 'traumatic'

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The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says the suspension of Fiji from the 16-strong group has been a traumatic experience for member countries.

Vanuatu Independence celebrations underway

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Police in Vanuatu are on alert this week to ensure the country's 34th Independence Day celebrations this week go smoothly.

Forum leaders asked not to smoke

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Health authorities on Palau have asked Pacific Island Forum leaders to lead the way and not to smoke during this week's summit.

Tonga defends cyclone relief

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The deputy Prime Minister of Tonga is defending the government's relief work in Ha'apai following a tropical cyclone which displaced 5,000 people in January.

Solomons police boss under scrutiny

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands police force has has come under criticism for the appointment of a man accused of manufacturing a riot at an Australian offshore detention centre.

SPC says bigeye critically depleted

A Bigeye Tuna

New figures on tuna populations in the Pacific show that the region's bigeye stocks have been critically depleted.

Indonesia breaks rules to ink Freeport deal

Indonesia's Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua

The outgoing Indonesia administration has signed a deal with the United States company operating one of the world's largest copper and gold mines in West Papua.

Vanuatu MPs to look at budget

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An extra-ordinary meeting of the Vanuatu Parliament begins today with a supplementary budget the key issue before MPs.

PNG contempt case to Supreme Court

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki

Papua New Guinea's Chief Justice has referred contempt charges laid against the police commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, to the Supreme Court to hear.

PNG police accused of destructive village raid

Papua New Guinea police officers marching in a parade

Police in Papua New Guinea have been accused of raiding and burning down a village in Southern Highlands province, which has left two people dead and hundreds homeless.

Marshall Islands the model for shark protection

The Marshall Islands shark protection legislation is being used as a global model by an international conservation group.

Solomons yet to find suitable local police chief

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An academic says there remains a public perception in Solomon Islands that it is still too difficult to find a suitable local to be the Police Commissioner.

Help needed for American Samoa crash victims

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The family of the plane crash victims in American Samoa is appealing for more help in the search for the sole missing victim of the crash.

Samoa police to trap stray dogs in Apia

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The police in Samoa say they will trap dogs in the capital ahead of the Small Islands Developing States conference in September.

45th PIF summit to open in Palau

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More than 300 delegates are expected in the Micronesian state of Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens on Tuesday.

Fiji police to decide on union boss assault

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A leader of a political party in Fiji says no action has been taken by the Fiji Police Force on the people who had allegedly assaulted him in 2012.

Sport: Fiji Rugby Union to offer full-time sevens contracts

The Fiji Rugby Union will introduce full-time player contracts for the upcoming World Sevens Series, and have also announced a higher threshold for bonus payments.

Niue's tourism plan criticised

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The ex-chairperson of the Niue Tourism Authority Board says a poorly considered strategic plan for tourism sparked her resignation earlier this month.

Academic says Forum still relevant

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A Fiji academic in Australia says the Pacific Islands Forum is going through a turbulent phase but it is still a key body in the region.