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Despite capture, Fiji troops to stay in Golan

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Fiji's military commander has ruled out withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, after 43 were captured by Syrian rebels overnight.

Fiji candidate eligibility case in court next week

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An application by the Fiji Labour Party to re-instate a candidate on the electoral roll is now expected to be ruled on the High Court next Thursday, after the judge called for written submissions from each party.

PNG volcano eruption affects Rabaul

Tavurvur volcano, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

People in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province are being asked to stay indoors or leave town after nearby Mt Tavurvur began erupting in the early hours of Friday morning.

Vanuatu PM faces possible confidence vote

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman may face a vote of no confidence at the end of next week.

Clarification urged as Fiji poll looms

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A candidate for Fiji's Sodelpa party is calling on the Electoral Commission to clarify the rules around campaigning after a pre-polling announcement.

Tahiti and China strike aviation deal

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French Polynesia and China have signed an aviation agreement clearing the way for direct flights between Tahiti and China.

Sale of Gold Ridge mine to Solomons nearly done

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The Australian based owner of the Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomons Islands, St Barbara, has confirmed the sale of the mine to the Solomons government is being negotiated.

New Solomons Police Commissioner sworn in

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Frank Prendergast has been sworn in as the Commissioner of Police for Solomon Islands in a short ceremony at Government House in Honiara this morning.

PNG supports rebuild of Solomons police post

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Papua New Guinea is to assist Solomon Islands with the rebuild of a torched police post at Mbabanakira in South Guadalcanal.

Samoa to open first casino

Gambling. Dice

Samoa is to open its first casino tomorrow. It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport

NZ Labour Party promises Pacific language help

Pacific flags at PIDF, 2013

New Zealand's opposition Labour Party says it will ensure the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand are promoted including through the education system.

Kiribati to mainstream disabled children

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The Kiribati ministry of education is implementing the inclusive education project that will see disabled children in primary schools.

PNG capital's fringe communities shunted by economic growth

Father John Glynn

Catholic priest who runs a welfare NGO for women and children in Papua New Guinea's capital says the country's economic expansion is not having a positive effect on poor urban settlers.

France returns New Caledonian relic

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France has returned the skull of a New Caledonian rebel chief, 135 years after it was cut off in a battle between the people of New Caledonia and their French colonisers.

PNG parliamentary staff stage protest

Official from PNG Speaker's office responds to protesting parliamentary staff.

Papua New Guinea parliamentary staff unhappy over their pay structure stage a protest which briefly holds up parliament proceedings.

Probe into boat accident in American Samoa

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In American Samoa, the US Coast Guard and the police are investigating the death of a man following a boating accident.

Sport: PNG AFL offered places in Queensland competition

Papua New Guinea's Sports Minister says the Australian Football League has offered spots for two PNG teams in the Queensland State AFL competition.

Orphan numbers blur into everyday life in Port Moresby

Father John Glynn in PNG

An NGO in Papua New Guinea who provides help for orphans as well as women and children at risk in the capital Port Moresby says it is not often openly admitted that poverty is widespread in PNG.

Sport: World Cup winning cricketer impressed by rise of PNG

World Cup winning batsman Asanka Gurusinha says he sees clear parallels between the

43 Fiji troops captured by Syrian rebels

Golan heights

The United Nations says negotiators are trying to secure the release of 43 Fiji peacekeepers captured in Syria's Golan Heights.

Anger at new pre-polling dates in Fiji

Sodelpa Party Headquarters

In Fiji, the decision by the Electoral Commission and Supervisor of Elections to begin pre-polling on September the 3rd is being criticised.

Pacific youth confront NCD issues

Secretariat of the Pacific Community signage

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has been using a Youth Forum in Samoa to put the case to control non communicable disease.

PNG MP warns about Manus woes

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An MP in Papua New Guinea has warned the Government about mounting problems at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention camp.

Fiji military warns about campaigning

Fiji government buildings

The commander of the Fiji military has told political parties campaigning for next month's election to refrain from promoting discriminatory policies.

PNG's West Sepik wants larger logging share

Logs in West Sepik ready for export to Asia.

The Acting Governor of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik has called for the National Forest Act to be reviewed to ensure better returns for local people from the operations of foreign loggers.

NZ officials in Samoa to investigate fisherman's death

New Zealand investigators have arrived in Samoa to look into the death of a New Zealand fisherman on a purse seiner at the weekend.

Lowy Institute says PNG women still face 'extreme challenges'

Traditional dancers in East Sepik, Papua New Guinea.

The Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, says women in Papua New Guinea continue to face extreme challenges, including gaining access to the justice system.

Solomons passes domestic violence bill

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The Solomon Islands Parliament has unanimously passed a bill aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.

Water supply problems for Tonga's Niuatoputapu

Problems with the water supply to new houses on Tonga's Niuatoputapu means residents are collecting rain water to meet their daily needs.

Missing West Papua leader Yohame found dead

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Reports from West Papua say the body of a senior separatist leader, Martinus Yohame, has been found - six days after he was allegedly abducted.

CNMI opposes militarisation of Pagan

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Parliamentarians in the Northern Marianas are opposed to US plans to expand military activities on Pagan.

Academic urges Pacific leaders to address 'blatant inequalities'

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A New Zealand academic is urging Pacific leaders to use the upcoming Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa as an opportunity to address blatant inequalities in the region.

Solomons about to swear in new Police Commissioner

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The Solomon Islands government is preparing to swear in the newly appointed Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast who has arrived in Honiara from Australia.

Solomons to re-open Geneva mission

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Solomon Islands government has decided to re-open its Geneva Mission in Switzerland after it closed it down earlier this year.

PNG police mum over Berati probe

One of the first group of asylum seekers at the Manus Island centre in August 2013.

Papua New Guinea police say they won't be commenting on suspects in relation to the death of an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island.

PNG locals look to Indonesia for trade

Papua New Guineans cross the Indonesian border for goods and services.

In Papua New Guinea's West Sepik, the acting Governor, Paul Nengai, says many people in his province are turning to Indonesia for goods and services.

Cooks PM says fisheries needs right balance

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Pacific countries face a major challenge to get the sensitive balance right between financial incentives and preserving fish stocks according to the Cook Islands prime minister.

Closed Solomons mine hurting businesses

Downtown Honiara

A Solomon Islands business group says the closure of the Gold Ridge mine has had a negative impact on not only its members but the nation as a whole.

American Samoa's LBJ resumes off island referrals

Pago Pago, American Samoa

American Samoa's LBJ hospital is to resume sending people off island for medical care after a six gap because of a lack of money.

Marine partnership launched in NZ

Pacific ocean

A new partnership based in New Zealand will offer incentives for research into marine conservation in the Pacific.

Sport: Fuimaono back as 7's coach

Samoa rugby sevens coach Titimaea Tafua.

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua admits there is a lot of work to do after being appointed Samoa Sevens coach until the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Samoa Govt airlines files for exemption from US

Polynesian airlines

Polynesian Airlines has filed for a temporary exemption with the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate commercial flights for American Samoa's domestic service.

Cooks PM confident ahead of hearings

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The prime minister of the Cook Islands remains confident ahead of next week's High Court hearings of petitions from last month's election.

Solomons Police investigate dispute

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In Solomon Islands, an investigation is now underway into a mass fight in West Honiara in which houses were torched and a number of people wounded.

Fiji military says it will accept election outcome

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The commander of the Fiji military says it will accept the outcome of next month's election.