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Wallis trial opens into massive fraud

The trial has opened in Wallis and Futuna of 20 people alleged to have defrauded the French government of millions of US dollars. They are accused of presenting inflated bills...

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Big changes in Niue Cabinet

Niue's Premier Toke Talagi has announced a four member cabinet, demoting two MPs from his previous administration. The line-up, which includes Mr Talagi, is comprised of Pokotoa Lalotoa Sipeli, who...

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Samoa call to discharge ministers

Lawyers representing Samoa's deputy prime minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, and the associate minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, have asked the judge to discharge the two without convictions. Earlier this...

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Fiji First registration now weeks away

The Fiji regime leader has told FBC News he hopes to conclude the process to register his proposed political party within weeks after deferring its registration planned for early this...

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Fiji Sun political opinion poll queried

The political grouping, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, has questioned the accuracy of the opinion polls published by the Fiji Sun newspaper after the regime leader deferred this...

Stolen TV cable cuts off PNG communities from main TV station

People in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province have been deprived of one of the country's main TV stations, EMTV, after a decoder cable was stolen. PNG Edge reports...

Allegations of child abuse at Nauru detention centre

Security guards at Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru have been accused of verbally and physically abusing asylum seeker children in a letter sent by staff at the centre.

Fiji's capital, Suva goes smoke free

Most public places in Fiji's capital, Suva, have been declared smoke free zones as of Friday. FBC News reports the World Health Organisation's setting coordinator, Peni Veilave, saying that those...

Sport: PNG Hunters bracing for backlash

The Papua New Guinea Hunters are braced for a home-town backlash in Friday afternoon's Queensland Cup clash against the Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast. The Hunters moved up to...

EU hands over waste gear to Tuvalu

The European Commissioner for Development has handed over a million dollars worth of waste management equipment to the government of Tuvalu. At a ceremony of Thursday, the commissioner, Andris Piebalgs,...

Sport: Clarification in rugby league eligibility laws called for

The former Toa Samoa international Nigel Vagana says the NRL and Rugby League International Federation need to address the rules around player eligibility. A number of high profile players turned...

Investigation against Bainimarama ongoing - Fiji police

The Fiji police say they are still investigating two complaints made against the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, for being in breach of laws pertaining to the election promised...

Vanuatu borrowing from China to build roads

Vanuatu is to borrow 53 million US dollars from China to pay for road construction. The Minister of Finance, Maki Simelum, signed an agreement earlier this week with the EXIM...

Immigration amnesty in American Samoa likely for over 3,500 applicants

An immigration amnesty committee in American Samoa is finalising the number of people who are hoping to remain in the territory by legalising their status. The Amnesty Program Committee says...

MIDA defends decision to censure Fiji TV for 'hate speech'

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority in Fiji has defended his decision to censure Fiji TV for broadcasting so-called hate speech. Earlier this month MIDA ruled Fiji TV...

EU opens new office in Samoa

The European Union says the opening of its new office in Samoa shows its commitment to the country and the Pacific region. It says the office is in the grounds...

Sport: Auckland City wary of Pirae's dangerous duo

Oceania football champions Auckland City are braced for a tough examination in Saturday's semi final first leg against AS Pirae from Tahiti. City suffered a shock loss to Amicale in...

PNG National Disaster Centre waiting on assessment reports

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it's waiting for assessment reports from disaster committees in Milne Bay and Bougainville before providing relief assistance to cyclone and earthquake victims. The...

Revelations Australian asylum seekers kept hidden in PNG hotel

Australia's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says a group of asylum seekers were kept hidden in a hotel in Papua New Guinea's capital following violent clashes at the Manus Island detention...

Vanuatu hires yam expert from India to combat crop disease

Vanuatu's Agricultural Research and Technical Centre is hiring a yam expert from India to help combat a disease affecting the country's crop. Doctor Ambraham Kuthomathatadil has been hired to breed...

A Papua regency aims to be malaria free in 4 years

The local government in Mimika regency in Indonesia's Papua wants the region malaria free by 2018, bringing forward its orginal plan by ten years. The Jakarta Post reports the acting...

Safety concerns in Vanuatu with surge in sex crime

There are signs of a surge in sexual offences in Vanuatu with serious rape offences making up more than half of last month's criminal cases in the Supreme Court. Now...

PNG crime agencies told to enforce new penalties

A Papua New Guinea government lawyer says tough new penalties passed by Parliament last year should be being applied by law enforcement agencies. Under changes the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill,...

Vulcanologist to assess PNG's Bougainville volcano

The autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has organised awareness programmes on volcanoes and volcanic activity. This comes as a volcano, dormant for more than 3,000...

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CNMI governor open to medical marijuana

The Northern Marianas governor, Eloy Inos, says he is open to the idea of legalising medical marijuana in the territory. However, he says he would not support legalising its use...

Damaged Fiji Airways plane back in service

Fiji Airways says its new Airbus A330, which was damaged last month, is back in service. The plane's undercarriage was damaged when it made a hard landing in good flying...

Standard & Poor upgrades Fiji's rating to positive

The credit rating agency Standard and Poors says it has revised Fiji's rating outlook from stable to positive. The agency also says it has affirmed foreign and local currency issuer...

Sport: Leapai gathers ANZAC inspiration for title fight

Alex Leapai has taken added inspiration for this weekend's heavyweight boxing world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko after visiting a grave site in Germany. Samoan-born Leapai visited the Rheinberg War...

Classes resume in some schools in Solomons capital

About half of the schools used as flood evacuation centres in Honiara in Solomon Islands are ready to resume their roles as schools. The National Disaster Management Office says it...

Normalcy returns in Bougainville after big quakes

Life is returning to normal in Papua New Guinea's south Bougainville after a series of severe earthquakes, but an estimated 100 families have been made homeless. The tremors over the...

Heavy rain threat worries Solomon Islanders

The Red Cross in Solomon Islands says the threat of more heavy rain has people very nervous and is likely to further hamper recovery efforts. Spokesperson Janna Hamilton says a...

Vanuatu's biggest lighthouse opened

The biggest lighthouse in Vanuatu has been opened at Pango Point, at the entrance to Port Vila Harbour. The Minister for Public Utilities and Ports, Esmon Sae, opened the lighthouse...

Fiji's representative to UN confident election will go ahead

Fiji's representative to the United Nations says he is confident Fiji's upcoming general elections will be free and fair. Several political parties in Fiji have already expressed reservations about the...

Delay in Tahiti journalist death probe

There has been a delay in the investigation of the presumed 1997 killing of a French Polynesian journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud, because of the leak of secretly recorded conversations among the...

Lima trial begins in Samoa

The trial of former Manu Samoa winger, Muliagatele Brian Lima, on violence charges has begun in Samoa. The defendant allegedly attacked his former wife, business woman Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, on...

Six charged in Fiji for alleged gang rape

Fiji police have charged six people, including three juveniles, over the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old student in Rakiraki. All six, including four teenagers, have been charged with one...

Tonga crown witness saw NZ policeman put in chokehold and stomped on

A police witness has told the Supreme Court in Tonga he saw a police Inspector put New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka in a chokehold, while another officer later stomped on...

Heavy rain alert in force for Solomon Island provinces

A heavy rain alert is in force for Solomon Island provinces still recovering from severe flooding nearly a month ago. SIBC reports that the alert, issued by the country's meteorological...

Largest solar-power array in the Pacific to be built by September

Officials in Samoa say the largest solar-power array in the Pacific should be built in time for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. The country is turning to solar, wind...

NZ urged to tread carefully over new ambassador role

The former head of Oxfam New Zealand , Barry Coates, says New Zealand should tread carefully with a newly created high level diplomatic role for the region. The country's Foreign...

Four bank employees jailed for embezzlement in Tonga

Four former employees of Westpac Bank in Tonga have been convicted and jailed for embezzling a total of more than 66 thousand US dollars from the bank. The four were...

Tonga's Fungavaka trial told of fight in police cell

Two witnesses have told the Tonga Supreme Court that a civilian Semisi Kalisitane Manu punched New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka causing him to fall and hit his head on...

EU and Kiribati partner to combat climate change diseases

The European Union has funded a Public Health Laboratory in Kiribati to help combat climate change diseases such as dengue fever there. The Kiribati Minister of Health, Kautu Tenaua, says...

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Media Authority head chastises Fiji blog sites

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority in Fiji says social media campaigners and political bloggers need to be more responsible. The government recently said it was looking to...

Marshalls takes legal action against world nuclear powers

The Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, is suing the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries, accusing them of failing in their obligation to...

Leader on Solomons' Isabel says no to mining

Solomon Islands Minister of Culture and Tourism says the people of Isabel Province are now opting for tourism development over mining. Samuel Manetoali was speaking at a recent tour organized...

Sport: Fiji coach Ryan pleased with progress as first season nears end

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan accepts his side's World Series title hopes are over but believes large strides have been made during his first season in charge. With two rounds...

Samoa's speaker calls for investigation into media

Samoa's speaker has called for the media to be investigated by Parliament's powerful Privileges and Ethics Committee. Lau'auli Leuatea Polata'ivao says the media illegally published a report by the Chief...

Fiji media watchdog says he'll act if complaints received

The chairman of Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority says he will act on concerns that the Fiji Sun is flouting a government decree as soon as he receives an official...

Nauru donates to Solomon Islands recovery

Nauru has donated 28 thousand US dollars to Solomon Islands to assist in recovery efforts following flash flooding earlier this month. The donation, accompanied by a letter from Nauru's President...

Niue Premier re-elected

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has been re-elected as leader of the 15th Niue Legislative Assembly, defeating Stanley Kalauni by 12 votes to eight. The Assembly has chosen a...

New Caledonia Kanaks draw up charter

New Caledonia's customary Senate has prepared a charter of the Kanak people following a year of discussions. A Kanak leader, Raphael Mapou, says it's a novel approach for an indigenous...

PNG advises Solomons on political stability

Solomon Islands is taking advice from Papua New Guinea officials on how to set up a registry of political parties. A team of PNG officials has arrived in Honiara to...

Kazakstan and Fiji talk about aid

Kazakhstan has been in discussions with Fiji about providing aid. The Fiji Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has asked Kazakhstan to provide scholarships in mine engineering and other areas, in...

Sport: Fiji and Vanuatu forge closer ties in sport

Fiji has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Vanuatu to develop the sporting sectors in both countries. Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto highlighted the importance of sports...

Fiji cabinet approves election day as paid public holiday

Fiji's cabinet has approved the 17th of September 2014 as a declared paid public holiday, and the day set aside for Fiji's election. The Fiji government says the decision was...

New Zealand happy to support Samoa with SIDS conference

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has asked how else it can help Samoa in its preparations for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. New Zealand is helping with the...

Fearful Solomons flood victims forced back to work

In Solomon Islands flood victims working for the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil limited are being forced to return to their flood prone housing complex today or lose their jobs. As...

3 men in Samoa jailed for death of village matai

Samoa's Supreme Court has convicted and jailed three men from Savaii for the death of a 44-year-old village matai last June. Tagaloa Teropika has been sentenced to eight and half...

New NZ diplomatic role a boost for the Pacific - McCully

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand's new regional diplomatic job could change the fortunes of the Pacific. He says he offered the ambassador-level role at the beginning...

NGO's election debate to avoid Fiji decree breach

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji has cancelled a non government organisation's debate on issues relating to the election because it could be in breach of the Electoral...