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2014 Fiji Election Update

Parties refuse to accept election defeat

18 Sep 2014

**Five political parties that took part in the country’s general elections say they won’t accept the outcome of the elections and has called on the authorities to suspend ...

2014 Fiji Election Update

International observers declare Fiji elections “credible”

18 Sep 2014

**The international group of electoral observers has declared as “credible” Fiji’s general elections, the result of which will see the election into a four-year term of the island ...

Papua New Guinea

Digicel receives approval

18 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Digicel has received the required approvals from Government and regulatory authorities with regard to its purchase of a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean ...

Papua New Guinea

ANZ economist urges country to prepare for two risks

18 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- There are two key principal risks in the global economic outlook in the next two years that Pacific countries – including Papua New Guinea ...

Samoa

Bullets found in Samoan journalist bag during SIDS conference

18 Sep 2014

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa's acting police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu has confirmed that gun bullets were found in the bag of a young Samoan female journalist during the ...

Solomon Islands

Solomons women flee domestic violence

18 Sep 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- Increasing domestic violence in Solomon Islands is being blamed for the rise in the number of women and children seeking shelter in a care-centre ...

Vanuatu

Vanuatu presidential selection process continues

18 Sep 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----The process for selection of Vanuatu's next President will continue tomorrow after none of the thirteen candidates vying for the position gained the minimum number ...

Fiji

Frank Bainimarama’s Party poises for Fiji election win

18 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Provisional results from Fiji’s general elections show Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party at a comfortable lead and his party is most likely to form the ...

2014 Fiji Election Update

Frank Bainimarama’s Party poises for Fiji election win

18 Sep 2014

**Provisional results from Fiji’s general elections show Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party at a comfortable lead and his party is most likely to form the next elected government ...

2014 Fiji Election Update

Fiji Elections Over

17 Sep 2014

Fiji’s elections chief says progress results of the counting of votes in Fiji’s general elections should be available from 9pm (fiji time) tonight.

Australia

Water purifier made from foil chip packets and glass tube might save lives in PNG

16 Sep 2014

ADELAIDE, Australia --- Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing, hoping they can save lives in the developing ...

Vanuatu

Vanuatu PM praised for anti-corruption stance

16 Sep 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Transparency International Vanuatu says it is getting a lot of support in its fight against corruption from the country's Prime Minister, Joe Natuman.

2014 Fiji Election Update

INDIA JOINS MULTINATIONAL OBSERVER GROUP

16 Sep 2014

India has today joined the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) as a co-lead nation, in preparation for Fiji’s General Election this Wednesday 17 September 2014.

Fiji

284 Police officers on standby, 389 deployed for Fiji election

16 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- The Fiji Police Force has deployed 389 police officers around the country with two assistant commissioners being sent to head the Northern and Western Division ...

Fiji

Ballot rush

15 Sep 2014

SUVA, FIJI --- The Fijian Elections Office has sounded a reminder to people to send their postal ballot papers on time.

Fiji

Multinational Observer Group clarifies role

15 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- The Multinational Observer Group members have attended a range of electoral events and met with election officials, politicians, media organizations, civil society, police and voters.

Fiji

Zero tolerance on Electoral decree breaches

15 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- The Fiji Police Force has implemented a zero tolerance approach on Electoral decree breaches.

2014 Fiji Election Update

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?

15 Sep 2014

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has accredited the MOG to assess whether the outcome of the 17 September general election broadly represents the will of the Fijian voters. ...

Bangladesh

Report: Qatar paid $20 million ransom for Fijians' release

15 Sep 2014

DOHAR, Bangladesh --- Al-Nusra front reported to be in control of 80 percent of Syrian border with Israel.

Samoa

ILO applauds the work of Samoan Government in hosting S.I.D.S

15 Sep 2014

APIA, Samoa --- The Third Small Island Developing States Conference has been praised by the Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization Gilbert Houngbo as a successful ...

Belgium

Eminent Persons Group brief ACP Ambassadors to the WTO on initial findings of 18-month review

15 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- The Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States met the ACP Ambassadors to the ...

Belgium

New leadership for ACP Committee of Ambassadors

15 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels will hold its first regular session this month since appointing a new Chair and a new Bureau to ...

Papua New Guinea

Talks on PNG Power will involve all parties: PM O’Neill

15 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he has given assurance that any changes that will be made to the ownership of PNG ...

Papua New Guinea

Namah takes on PNG law on asylum

15 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader and Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah’s legal challenge on the constitutionality of the detention of the asylum seekers on Manus ...

Vanuatu

Queensland woman reclaims Vanuatu citizenship on behalf of 'blackbirded' great-grandparents

15 Sep 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- A Queensland woman has become one of the first Australians to claim dual Vanuatu citizenship on behalf of her ancestors, who had been victims ...