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Infrastructure key for new Cook Islands opposition leader

The newly-appointed leader of the opposition Cook Islands Democratic Party says improving infrastructure on the outer islands, decreasing reliance on imported food and stemming the flow of people out of the country will be his main pursuits as leader.

Refugees on Nauru protest Cambodia resettlement

Dozens of refugees have gathered at the main refugee camp on Nauru to protest the Australian government's plans to resettle some refugees in Cambodia.

Developers look to allay fears about Cook Islands pipeline

Developers of a controversial plan to construct an over-the-reef pipeline on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands are working to address public concerns about the environmental impact of the proposal.

Samoa by-election votes counted

In Samoa, the preliminary results for the Sagaga Le Usoga constituency by-election shows the only candidate from the village of Malie, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli, topping the polls with 735 votes.

Cook Islands soldiers remembered

A ceremony commemorating the contributions of Cook Islands soldiers to New Zealand's war effort between 1914 and 1918 was held in parliament buildings yesterday.

American Samoa marks becoming U.S. territory

American Samoa is today marking the 115th anniversary since it became a U.S. territory in 1900, with a parade, and traditional Samoan dance and songs.

Vanuatu's NDMO concedes gaps in cyclone relief effort

As authorities in Vanuatu await a new damage assessment report, the NDMO has conceded gaps in the relief effort so far.

Vanuatu threatens to deport New Caledonia anti-GM group

Vanuatu's government has confirmed that it threatened to deport a New Caledonia-based NGO for spreading what it called unnecessary propaganda about genetically modified plant material.

Sport: O-League rivals square off again

Oceanic football rivals Auckland City and Amicale FC go head to head this evening in a rematch of last year's Champions League grand final.

Sport: League fans encouraged to give generously to Vanuatu

The rugby league community in Queensland is being encouraged to give generously this weekend as part of the NRL's Vanuatu Appeal.

Despite military incursions, PNG governor assures border security

The Acting Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says he is satisfied the border with Indonesia is secure despite reports of foreign soldiers crossing into the country.

First meeting of Fiji's Constitutional Offices Commission held

Fiji's Constitutional Offices Commission has held its first meeting today under the chairmanship of prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

Fears for asylum seekers over Australian bill

A former Supreme Court judge says proposed powers for guards at Australia's immigration detention centres would allow them to beat asylum seekers to death.

France again supports Tahiti social security

France has agreed to give French Polynesia 13 million US dollars a year to help pay assistance to the poor through its RSPF fund.

Former PNG minister gets 3 more years in jail

A former Papua New Guinea government minister has had three years added to his nine year jail term over the misuse of funds.

Tahiti court throws out OPT corruption case

The appeal court in French Polynesia has thrown out the OPT corruption case against eight defendants because of procedural errors by the prosecution.

Solomons to offer tax incentives to foreign investors

The Solomon Islands is planning special economic zones to attract foreign investors.

Tuvalu government to get new Solar panels

Two New Zealand companies have started fitting solar panels to two government buildings on the country's main island, Funafuti.

Vanuatu receives aid from FIFA

The international football federation, FIFA, has allocated $US300,000 dollars in emergency relief in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

CNMI introduces bill to seize assets of drug pushers

A bill seeing to take the assets of individuals convicted of supplying or distributing illegal drugs has been introduced in the Northern Marianas.