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FijiFirst leader claims victory

Frank Bainimarama

The former Fiji military commander has declared victory in the country's landmark election in an address to party supporters in Suva.

Four die in PNG plane crash

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Four people have been killed in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea. The Twin Otter plane came down near Port Moresby.

Flosse in line for Tahiti assembly job

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The French Polynesian territorial assembly is poised to hire the recently convicted former president, Gaston Flosse, as a member of the ruling party's staff.

Vanuatu eyed for US$1b nickel plant

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A deal has been signed between a New Caledonian and a Chinese company to build a one-billion US dollar nickel plant in Vanuatu.

Fiji election fraud dismissed but protest continues

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's Electoral Commission has dismissed most of the claims of irregularities by five political parties who are running in the Fiji election.

Chikungunya still spreading in Samoa

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Figures from Samoa show an increase of suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya from 400 to 626.

FijiFirst maintains lead in poll count

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Halfway through official tallying in Fiji's landmark election, Frank Bainimarama's FijiFirst party is still comfortably ahead.

Fiji election authorities call for proof

Fiji's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

The elections authorities in Fiji say they say they'll look into allegations of alleged irregularities but they're not satisfied with documents provided so far.

Labour calls for Fiji vote recount

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The Fiji Labour Party has called for a recount and audit of the results of Wednesday's general elections, saying there is credible evidence of gross manipulation of the process.

Cooks Democrats withdraw another petition

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The Cook Islands Democratic Party has withdrawn a petition against a tied seat in Mitiaro, which means the constituency will go to a by-election.

Samoa health ministry advises about ebola

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Samoa's Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organisation has issued an advisory amid concerns about the Ebola virus disease.

Sonar search expected for plane in American Samoa

Pago Pago, American Samoa

The family of a father and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago international airport in July in American Samoa will carry out a sonar search of the ocean floor where the aircraft is believed to have crashed.

Tahiti ombudsman to run for French Senate

Teiva Manutahi

French Polynesia's ombudsman has fended off a legal challenge by the French High Commission and can now stand for a seat in the French Senate.

Evidence supplied in Fiji to back up voting claims

Lynda Tabuya

Five political parties in Fiji have presented evidence which they say back up their claims of irregularities in the country's landmark election.

Sport: Big guns on deck for Oceania 7s Championship

New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa headline the draw for the 2014 Oceania Sevens Championship whack kicks off in a fortnight's time on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Sport: Oceania Football unveils global field

Oceania Football has confirmed six teams will contest the inaugural President's Cup in November.

Marshalls president warns of climate emergency

A tropical beach in the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands President, Christopher Loeak, has released a video to demonstrate the need for world leaders to take action for what he describes as a full-blown climate emergency.

Fiji parties present fraud claim evidence

Evidence presented by opposition parties to Fiji's President, Electoral Commission and Electoral Supervisor

Five political parties in Fiji have presented evidence which they say back up their claims of irregularities in the country's landmark election.