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Naming of Tongan PM greeted with both joy and words of caution

A Tongan political scientist says the election of Akilisi Pohiva as prime minister is a great day for democracy in Tonga.

PNG capital relaxes betelnut ban

Papua New Guinea's National Capital District is removing the ban on betelnut sales and implementing a licensing system in its place.

Widodo's condemnation of Papua shootings too late, says HRW

Human Rights Watch says the Indonesian President's condemnation of the killing of Papuan civilians by the military has come too late.

3 bodies in abandoned trawler's hold in Bougainville

Authorities in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are still to find out the cause of the deaths of 3 men whose bodies have been found in the freezer of an abandoned fishing vessel.

Amid controversy, Fiji TVs licence extended

Fiji Television Limited's broadcast licence has been extended for a further six months.

Prominent Democrat Akilisi Pohiva Tonga's new PM

Tonga's parliamentarians have elected the veteran democracy campaigner, Akilisi Pohiva, as the country's new prime minister.

Vanuatu to look into businesses hiring expats

Vanuatu's Commissioner of Labour says from next year inspectors will check businesses that employ expatriates instead of ni-Vanuatu and penalise any breaches of the Labour Act.

Fiji university vice chancellor dumped

Fiji's ministry of education has dumped the vice chancellor of Fiji National University, Dr Ganesh Chand.

Purpose built house to replace Solomons' Red House

A spokesperson for the Solomon Islands prime minister says details for a new purpose built residence for the country's leader are likely in the new budget, due in February or March.

Jakarta proposes smelter for Papua

Jakarta will require multi-national miner, Freeport-McMoRan, needs to build two copper smelters in Indonesia, at a cost of nearly 4 billion US dollars by 2020.

Widodo promises probe in Papua shootings

Indonesia's President has promised an investigation into the shooting of five civilians by the military in Papua, saying it is important such incidents do not happen again.

Bail granted to ease Samoa prison overcrowding

To ease overcrowding at Tafa'igata Prison, Samoa's Chief Justice has granted bail to a number of defendants awaiting the hearing of charges against them.

Vanuatu's Shefa province collects record tax revenue

Vanuatu's Shefa province has collected a record amount of tax revenue, exceeding its target for the year.

Akilisi Pohiva Tonga's new PM

Tonga's parliamentarians have elected the veteran democracy campaigner, Akilisi Pohiva, as the country's new prime minister.

In Tonga, PM expected to be announced soon

The winner of a vote for the Prime Minister of Tonga is expected to be announced within the hour

Millions of damage after New Caledonia nickel spill

Initial assessments from last week's nickel spill at New Caledonia's Koniambo plant put the damage at more than three million US dollars. The incident on the day after Christmas prompted...

Relocation considered in Fiji sewage aftermath

Relocation is being touted as a possibility for families living in Maravu if a sewage spillage is declared a national disaster in Fiji.

Scientists make discovery in CNMI

An international collaboration of scientists has found evidence suggesting the world's deepest part of ocean, the Marianas Trench in the Northern Pacific, to be teeming with life, including a new species of fish.

Audit of Guam Govt programme finds inconsistencies

An audit report of the Governrnent of Guam's merit bonus program has found several inconsistencies with the way local government agencies have awarded retroactive bonus payments to employees.

Trial date set for abuse case in Marshall Islands

Three people in the Marshall Islands are slated to go to trial on charges of child abuse and neglect 18 months after a video posted on social media showed a group of adults helping a toddler smoke a cigarette and drink beer.