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PACIFIC BRIEFS

Wednesday March 22, 2017

big day on niue as premier is knighted

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner says provincial and divisional police commanders will have support from the national headquarters in managing potential hot-spots during the elections.

VANUATU – Kava growers in Vanuatu are working hard to produce more noble varieties of kava for a fast growing market in America.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Amnesty International says a barrier installed at Manus Island’s detention centre in Papua New Guinea could be tantamount to torture if it is making it difficult for detainees to access food.

Fiji looks to Singapore

Wednesday March 22, 2017

FIJI – The Fiji government is looking to Singapore for ideas on how to better improve its urban planning blueprint.

MP’s parole bids rejected

Wednesday March 22, 2017

VANUATU – One of 14 former Vanuatu MPs jailed for corruption says his application for parole on medical grounds has been rejected four times.

Temaru has no regrets

Wednesday March 22, 2017

FRENCH POLYNESIA – An advisor of French Polynesia’s pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru says he has no regrets about the failed campaign to get him to stand in the French presidential election.

WEST PAPUA – The Melanesian Spearhead Group chairman Manasseh Sogavare says his talks in Papua New Guinea were fruitful, with West Papua membership and labour mobility issues covered.

Officials check out Tonga stadium

Wednesday March 22, 2017

TONGA – A delegation from World Rugby is visiting Tonga this week and will assess the state of Teufaiva National Stadium.

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