Pacific News

Japan pledges $453m to fight climate change in the Pacific

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has pledged US$453 million in aid to the Pacific to help the countries fight climate change and natural disasters.

Bougainville authorities start sorting ballot papers

The process of sorting ballot papers has begun as Bougainville nears the end of its two-week election process.

UN calls for Nauru to withdraw recent amendments

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression has called on Nauru's government to withdraw recent amendments to the criminal code which he says unduly restrict freedom of expression.

Longliner runs aground in American Samoa

An investigation is underway in American Samoa after a longliner ran aground in bad weather this morning.

Samoa's Chief Justice rules that church injunction remains

Samoa's Chief Justice has clarified a court injunction which barred leaders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa from appointing a new elder reverend for Queensland.

No tsunami threat after latest Solomon Islands earthquake

The Solomon Islands has been struck by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake, the second large one today.

Suspended Fiji MP retains seat

In Fiji, the suspended opposition MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu retains his seat in the Fijian Parliament despite his two year suspension.

Tongans seek royal intervention to stop CEDAW

A 15,000-signature petition has been handed to the palace requesting that the Tongan king stop the government from ratifying a UN convention on women's rights.

Suspects detained after attack on Fiji Police Commissioner

Several suspects are being questioned after Fiji's Police Commissioner was attacked at a Suva restaurant on Thursday night.

Campaign to eliminate domestic violence in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands National Council of Women has launched a campaign in an effort to eliminate violence against women in the country.

Sports:Thumbs up for Apia park ahead of ABs game

The All Blacks manager Darren Shand says they are happy with the Apia Park ground for their historic test against Samoa in July.

Sports: Fiji women's 7s finish win-less

The Fiji women's sevens team has finished win-less on day one of the World Series finale in Amsterdam. The Fijiana were outclassed 32-0 by series winners New Zealand in their...

6.8 earthquake near Solomon Islands

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck close to Solomon Islands.

Sport: PNG Hunters to face biggest test yet

The Papua New Guinea Hunters winning run will be put to the ultimate test this afternoon away to Queensland Cup front-runners Townsville.

Kiribati paper editor forced to take leave

Reports from Kiribati say the editor of the publicly-owned Te Uekera newspaper has been forced to take leave.

Sport: Table-topping Blackhawks impressed by PNG Hunters

The Townsville Blackhawks have made a fairy-tale start to their first season in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition.

Call for French/Pacific summit in Paris

A leading New Caledonian politician has called on France to host another summit with the leaders of Pacific Island countries to highlight the challenges created by climate change.

After 17 years, former PNG NPF chair convicted of fraud

The former head of Papua New Guinea's National Provident Fund, Jimmy Maladina, has been found guilty of misappropriating close to one million US dollars - US$973,864, or K2.65 million.

Jail term sought for Tahiti's Tefaarere

The public prosecutor in French Polynesia has called for a suspended two-year prison sentence for a former top politician, Hiro Tefaarere, for an alleged attempt to misuse public funds.

Cambodia takes four of Australia's refugees

Cambodia's prime minister, Hun Sen, has agreed to accept four refugees from Nauru after they were released from Australia's detention centre on the island.

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