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Fiji

Fiji Opposition warns that not Pacific country immune from terrorism

16 Dec 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji's Opposition has sounded a warning to Fiji and the Pacific region that no country is immune from terrorism.

Australia

Martin Place, Sydney siege over, gunman identified as Man Haron Monis

16 Dec 2014

SYDNEY, Australia --- Three people, including the gunman, are dead as the Sydney cafe siege ended in a volley of gunfire shortly after 2am on Tuesday.

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Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

[Exclusive] 09 Dec 2014

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

Islands Business Exclusive

Expelled Australian diplomat given 48 hours to leave Fiji

[Exclusive] 09 Dec 2014

**A former Australian High Commissioner to Fiji who was expelled by the Fiji regime in 2009 had to return to Australia on the next available flight when he ...

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WCPFC chair makes early exist

[Exclusive] 05 Dec 2014

**In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to ...

Fiji

Tuvalu PM praises Fijian teachers

05 Dec 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Fijian teachers working in Tuvalu have been praised for raising the standard of education in the island nation, according to Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele ...

Tonga

Lord Vaea set to be nominated as Tongan Prime Minister

05 Dec 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- A potential candidate for Prime Minister of Tonga is Lord Vaea. He is the preferred choice of the Nobles.

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WCPFC Apia Meeting Shut Down

[Exclusive] 05 Dec 2014

**Pacific journalists who have been covering the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia this week have been told they won't be allowed ...

Solomon Islands

Who will be the new PM of Solomon Islands?

05 Dec 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- The question looming in the minds of many Solomon Islanders is who will be the country’s next Prime Minister?

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Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

[Exclusive] 04 Dec 2014

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

USA

Ending violence against women calls for legally binding global standard – UN expert

04 Dec 2014

NEW YORK, USA --- More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top United Nations expert on the issue is calling for a ...

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Tackling the tough stuff

[Exclusive] 04 Dec 2014

**Its the second last day of the annual tuna fishing negotiations in Samoa today and its still not clear whether delegates will be able to agree on more ...

Samoa

World Soil Day – Where food begins

04 Dec 2014

APIA, Samoa --- More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils is needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping ...

Kiribati

Fishing company provides scholarship for disadvanted children in Kiribati

04 Dec 2014

BAIRIKI, Kiribati --- The owner of the Adriatic Sea Fisheries Co. Ltd has broadened its fishing relations with the Kiribati Government after committing to provide an Education Award ...

Papua New Guinea

High Arctic inks deal with InterOil

04 Dec 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- High Arctic on Monday signed a two-year deal with InterOil for a second heli-portable drilling rig in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea

Oil Search bids for Talisman assets

04 Dec 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Oil Search Ltd has bid more than US$300 million (K787m) to buy Talisman Energy’s assets in Western, a move that could accelerate an expansion ...

Papua New Guinea

IMF cautions PNG over growth

04 Dec 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- With the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and exports starting in Papua New Guinea the resource sector growth is projected to surge next year.

Cook Islands

Frustration grows over Mitiaro re-count

04 Dec 2014

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands --- Frustration is growing among politicians in Cook Islands as the fate of the infamous Mitiaro electoral seat recount remains unknown, despite a recount last ...

New Zealand

PNA applauds new head of Pacific Tuna Commission

03 Dec 2014

AUCKLAND, New Zealand --- A Pacific Islander has been appointed the new head of the Pacific Tuna Commission.

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Greenpeace accuses Philippines of juvenile tuna fishing

03 Dec 2014

**The Philippines – a member of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission – currently meeting in Apia this week has been accused of flouting rules against the ...

Fiji

Modi and Xi vibes

03 Dec 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- A commercial bank says the visit of two of the world's most powerful leaders in Fiji were a turning point, reinstating its presence on the ...

Papua New Guinea

New Caledonia to export to PNG

03 Dec 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- New Caledonia may be on the way to making its first export to Papua New Guinea.

Fiji

Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, takes up post two years after appointment

03 Dec 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Australia's new High Commissioner to Fiji has taken up her post four years after her predecessor was removed from the country.

Papua New Guinea

UNHCR urges Aust to release child refugees

03 Dec 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- A representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has claimed that the detention of children at the Manus Detention Centre is ...

Tonga

New MPs first meeting 9 December

03 Dec 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's 26 newly elected Members of Parliament will meet for the first time at 10:00am. Tuesday, 9 December at the Fa’onelua Convention Center.