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Torture in Australian asylum camps - lawyer

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A human rights lawyer says the Australian Government's detention of children in asylum seeker camps is tantamount to torture.

More Tongan women to contest poll

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Sixteen women are to contest next month's elections in Tonga, up from 11 last time, but women leaders had hoped there might be more following a recent mock parliament.

Pacific maritime operation nabs 12 vessels

Operation Kurukuru 2014.

FFA maritime surveillance sweep of Pacific fishing waters has netted a record 12 vessels in potential breach of their fishing licences.

French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists have been convicted for misusing their tourist visas to work in Papua but will be freed on Monday.

PNG Police deny shooting man in Mt Hagen riot

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Order has been restored in the Papua New Guinea city of Mt Hagen after a large fire and looting on Wednesday night.

Fiji's suspension from Pacific Islands Forum is lifted

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The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Palau's President, Tommy Remengesau, has announced Fiji's suspension from the Forum has been lifted.

ICC asked to probe Australia's asylum policy

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An Australian politician has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the Australian government's treatment of asylum seekers, citing crimes against humanity.

OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off in PNG

The 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup kicks off this morning in Papua New Guinea.

Private search begins for man missing off American Samoa coast

Cyrus Suleman, brother of 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman about to toss a wreath at sea, in honor of his brother and still missing father, Babar Suleman.

An underwater search by a private company hired by the family of a father and son whose small plane crashed off the coast of American Samoa three months ago has begun.

Number of candidates standing in Tonga's 2nd election drops

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

There has been a marked falloff in the number of candidates standing in the elections in Tonga in late November.

Fiji reports on ministers' salaries questioned

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The Fiji Labour Party leader says he doubts that a complete picture on ministers' salaries has emerged in the recently released Auditor General's reports.

Interim injuction on contempt proceedings against PNGs PM

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The Supreme Court in Papua New Guinea has stayed contempt proceedings against the prime minister and members of his staff.

PNG police justify raid on fraud unit

The Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, Geoffrey Vaki.

Papua New Guinea's Acting Deputy Police Commissioner has justified a raid on the fraud unit, saying its head had failed to comply with police orders.

Tonga's Democrats well placed early for poll

Tonga MP Akilisi Pohiva

Nominations for next month's elections in Tonga end this afternoon, and already there are signs this poll will be markedly different from the last one.

PNG's Oil Search promises bigger dividends

Papua New Guinea, money, kina

Papua New Guinea oil producer, Oil Search, is promising higher dividend payments to shareholders after lifting production 81 percent during the September quarter.

Solomons govt asked to help at Gold Ridge

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.

The Australian miner, St Barbara, says the Solomon Islands government is best placed to determine the future of the Gold Ridge mine.

Hollande's New Caledonia visit takes shape

President Francois Hollande.

The French president will visit New Caledonia after attending the G-20 summit in Brisbane in mid-November.

Papua prosecution seeks jail for French journalists

Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat

Prosecutors are demanding four months' imprisonment for the two French journalists accused of misusing their tourist visas in Papua.

Huge drop in Marshalls copra production

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There's been a huge drop in copra production in the Marshall Islands this year.

Australian Foreign Minister set to visit Fiji

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Fiji's Ministry of Information says Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop will meet senior Fijian government officials when she visits Suva at the end of October.

Fiji tourism figures up for September

A Fiji Airways plane

Tourism Fiji says visitor arrivals in September showed an increase of 4.5 percent over the same month last year.

Fiji audit shows blatant financial mismanagement - Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry

The Fiji Labour Party leader says the Auditor General's report into government spending of the last seven years details blatant financial mismanagement and breaches of law.

PNG gas find by Interoil

Sirinumu Dam, PNG

The Canadian company InterOil has discovered hydrocarbons at a well in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province.

Airline eyes American Samoa's Manu'a service

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The principals of a new airline planning to offer flights from American Samoa's Tutuila to Manu'a, have met with the Governor, Lolo Moliga, in Honolulu.

Swains Islanders called on to elect representative

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American Samoa's Election Commissioner is calling Swains Islanders to elect their representative to the House of Representatives.

Sport: PNG cricket to play first ever ODIs

Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel

Papua New Guinea's national cricket team is set to make history next month, playing its first ever One Day International series from 8-9 November in Australia.

Sport: Guam hosts Micronesia Cup

Teams practice for Micronesia Cup.

The biggest regional outrigger canoe race in Micronesia starts today in Guam.

Sport: Cooks football team prepares to take on PNG

14 year old Cook Islands International Moeroa Harmon.

The Cook Islands Women's Football Coach Jimmy Katoa says their first match against Papua New Guinea in the OFC Nations Cup is going to be extremely tough.

Sport: Samoan league players fined heavily

Samoa Rugby League Logo

Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have each been fined just under $US9,000 for their involvement in a Brisbane night-club fight last weekend.