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Samoa

Emergency Shelter and Evacuation Centre Training for Samoa

30 Jul 2014

APIA, Samoa ----Last week, eighteen representatives of Samoa’s Welfare and Internally-Displaced People Sub-Committee of the Disaster Advisory Committee attended a training course in Emergency Shelter Custer and Evacuation ...

Palau

Opinion: Key's absence felt at Pacific Islands Forum

30 Jul 2014

KOROR, Palau ----It was an awkward but telling moment. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it. I had asked Palau's President a straightforward question: Was he happy with ...

Palau

Forum Secretary General Calls for New and Innovative Ways to Address SIS Vulnerabilities

30 Jul 2014

KOROR, Palau ----The meeting of Leaders of the Smaller Island States grouping opened the series of official meetings of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum, in Koror, Palau Tuesday.

Vanuatu

Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation may leave Vanuatu over unpaid fees

30 Jul 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----It is being reported in Vanuatu that the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation (PASO) may move its headquarters out of the country because the government has ...

Japan

115 whales killed as Japan wraps up Pacific hunt

30 Jul 2014

TOKYO, Japan---Japan announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate ...

Papua New Guinea

PNG Finance Minister seeks injunction against arrest

30 Jul 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Papua New Guinea'sFinance Minister James Marape has filed a Supreme Court application seeking a temporary injunction against any arrest move on him.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu's PM reflects on country's independence

30 Jul 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---The Vanuatu Prime Minister says the country's Independence Day today is a good time to reflect on how far the nation has come and what ...

Fiji

Fiji Election Office releases provisional list of voters, 570,000 plus egistered for election

30 Jul 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----The Fijian Elections Office has released the provisional list of voters for the 2014 General Elections.

Palau

Forum leaders to tackle fishery disparity

30 Jul 2014

KOROR,Palau ---The vast disparity between what Pacific islands get from their fisheries and what goes to foreign fleets is to be discussed at an island leaders summit in ...

Palau

PNG pushes for SIS office

30 Jul 2014

KOROR, Palau NBC PNG) -----Papua New Guinea's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, says the Government has approved over K300 million (US$122 million) for setting up ...

Palau

Oceans Declaration demands new and genuine partnerships, Palau President

30 Jul 2014

KOROR, Palau --- Palau’s President, Tommy Remengesau says his proposed Oceans Declaration is a call to ‘stop the debate and form genuine partnerships’ with development partners on oceans.

45th Pacific Islands Forum

Less talking, more walking!

30 Jul 2014

Most mornings, the President of the Republic of Palau goes for a walk. In a region with high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, Tommy Remengesau Jr ...

45th Pacific Islands Forum

Tuvalu calls for changes to Least Developed Country eligibility

30 Jul 2014

The Tuvalu government has reaffirmed its call for the United Nations and multilateral agencies to review the classification of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to reflect the reality facing ...

45th Pacific Islands Forum

PACER Plus nearing conclusion, says Chief Trade Adviser

30 Jul 2014

Bogged down by the thorny issues of labour mobility and development, chief trade adviser in the Pacific Islands Dr Edwin Kessie is hopeful still for a resolution of ...

Solomon Islands

Fiji, Solomon Air War Worsens

29 Jul 2014

The flight dispute between Fiji and Solomon Islands has worsened with Fiji announcing its decision to prevent Air Niugini from picking up Solomon Airline passengers from Nadi International ...

45th Pacific Islands Forum

Crucial decisions for Pacific Islands Forum

28 Jul 2014

The future of the oceans is high on the agenda as the Republic of Palau prepares for Tuesday’s opening of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Australia

Criminalisation of homosexual behaviour in Pacific countries undermining HIV effort, advocates say

25 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia ---This week's International Aids Conference in Melbourne has heard that laws which criminalise homosexual sex are undermining efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

Australia

Australian PM pulls out of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting to deal with MH 17 tragedy

25 Jul 2014

CANBERRA, Australia ---- Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will not be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau next week.

Australia

Bill Clinton: Aids-free generation within reach if we boost HIV treatment

24 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia ---The world needs to “scale up” its treatment of HIV – particularly in women and children – to achieve the cherished goal of a generation free ...

Papua New Guinea

PNG, Europe eye more trade

24 Jul 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---Bilateral trade and exchange between Papua New Guinea and Europe is worth almost K100 million (US$40 million) annually and both governments are positively pursuing ongoing ...

Fiji

New Fiji Link ATR 42-600 arriving soon

24 Jul 2014

NADI, Fiji ----Fiji Link, the domestic and regional subsidiary of Fiji Airways, is preparing to receive its first brand new ATR 42-600 aircraft in late August.

Samoa

Frozen Samoan taro soon to be on the overseas market

24 Jul 2014

APIA, Samoa ----Frozen fresh taro will soon be on the overseas market once the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) has finalized its tasting trials.

Fiji

Fijian soldiers caught in crossfire

24 Jul 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----Fijian troops caught in the crossfire, as rival factions traded gunshots in the Syrian conflict, have had to duck for cover.

Papua New Guinea

Challenge on PNG grace period law set for August

24 Jul 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---The combined applications by Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader Belden Namah and former Chief Ombudsman Chief Ila Geno challenging the constitutionality of the amendment made ...

Scotland

Fijian President hold talks with UK Minister for Commonwealth

24 Jul 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland ----Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau held talks this week with the United Kingdom Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire.