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USA

UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability

30 Jan 2015

NEW YORK, USA ----- As United Nations Member States start discussions to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, 10 top UN human rights experts have today stressed the need ...

Australia

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness

29 Jan 2015

SYDNEY, Australia ----- Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the ...

New Zealand

Air NZ faces probe over how it sells insurance with airfares

29 Jan 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----- Air New Zealand is being investigated over possible misleading or deceptive conduct in the way it sells insurance with air fares.

Fiji

Fiji lacks experts, says Bainimarama

29 Jan 2015

SUVA, Fiji ----- The shortage of highly trained locals forces Government to rely on expatriates, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

New Zealand

NZ's Duncan Hardie Group seeks Solomon Island oil

29 Jan 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- A Wellington based company is behind an application to conduct off shore oil prospecting in the Solomon Islands.

New Zealand

Murray McCully's dramatic Antarctic flight report released

29 Jan 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- An Antarctica-bound flight forced to make a dramatic landing with a Cabinet minister onboard was using a plane unsuited for the conditions, a report ...

Australia

Greens criticise Papua New Guinea's plans to repatriate Manus Island asylum seekers

29 Jan 2015

CANBERRA, Australia ----- The Australian Greens party has criticised Papua New Guinea's plans to repatriate a "substantial number" of asylum seekers currently detained on Manus Island.

New Zealand

New Zealand passports targeted by criminals, terrorists

29 Jan 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----- The New Zealand passport is a prized possession for its rightful owner - but it can also be gold in the hands of criminals ...

Fiji

Eyes on traffickers: Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority

29 Jan 2015

NADI, Fiji --- Fiji's border control agents are aware that ports of entry in the Western Division are vulnerable and being targeted by illicit drug traffickers and other ...

Papua New Guinea

PNG Ombudsman refers Minister Gore for alleged misconduct

29 Jan 2015

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- The Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission has referred Minister for Religion Youth and Community Development, Delilah Gore to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct ...

New Zealand

NZ resumes defence ties with Fiji after eight-year freeze

29 Jan 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand is resuming defence ties with Fiji for the first time since the coup there in 2006.

Samoa

Samoa Air and Coral Sun Airways flights between Samoa and Kiribati

29 Jan 2015

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa Air and Coral Sun Airways have announced their intentions to provide for Regular weekly Air Transport services between their two countries as well as ...

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands government to improve fisheries management

29 Jan 2015

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ----- Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said his Democratic Coalition for Change Government will be taking to Parliament new fisheries legislation to ensure proper ...

Australia

Former Australians of the Year criticise immigration policy

28 Jan 2015

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Former Australians of the Year have written to the Federal government calling for all children to be removed immediately from immigration detention, drawing on Australia's ...

Papua New Guinea

Another 42 prisoners escaped at Madang Police cells

28 Jan 2015

MADANG, PNG ---- Forty two detainees escaped from Yomba police station cells in Madang early this week.

American Samoa

American Samoa Senate leader against guns for police

28 Jan 2015

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa ---- The President of the American Samoa Senate says he is not supportive of a move to arm police officers.

Fiji

Restrictions eased on Tahiti's Flosse

28 Jan 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have further eased some restrictions imposed on the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, who is charged over the alleged ...

Tonga

Tongan Government reviewing needs of outer islands

28 Jan 2015

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -----The deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says people in Vava'u will see improvements to their roads very soon and boosts to agriculture are being looked at.

Papua New Guinea

O’Neill meets Abbott over asylum deal

28 Jan 2015

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---Australia and Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers, Tony Abbott and Peter O’Neill met in Canberra on Monday to discuss issues of mutual interests, including the ...

Samoa

Samoan Opposition Leader kicked out of Parliament indefinitely

28 Jan 2015

APIA, Samoa ---- The Leader of the Samoan Parliamentary Opposition Party has been kicked out of parliament indefinitely and stands to lose his perks such as free vehicle, ...

Spain

Global tourist numbers up 4.7 percent in 2014, Asia Pacific rise by 5.0 percent

28 Jan 2015

MADRID, Spain ----- International tourist arrivals rose by 4.7 percent to 1.14 billion in 2014, with the Americas and Asia posting the strongest growth, but will rise at ...

Solomon Islands

$4m robbery in Solomon Islands turns sour, three arrested and money retrieved

28 Jan 2015

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- Two security guards of a private security firm in Solomon Islands have been hospitalized in a brutal $4million (US$520,000) robbery incident that occurred in ...

Fiji

Fijian Elections Office introduces standards to unions

28 Jan 2015

SUVA, Fiji ---- The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has started conducting sessions for trade unions to assist them in understanding the new standards and concepts of International standard ...

Tonga

Vava'u recorded an increase in the new dengue fever cases

28 Jan 2015

VAVAU, Tonga ---- Tonga's Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital in Vava'u has recorded an increase in the new dengue fever cases.

Papua New Guinea

Most asylum seekers 'economic opportunists' says PNG Prime Minister

28 Jan 2015

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Papua New Guinea's government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected.