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Fiji reports 1163 new cases, six deaths - including a baby

An 11-month-old baby is among the latest victims of Covid-19 in Fiji, health authorities said.

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Fiji govt urged to scrap plan to amend Land Bill

The political tussle amid a worsening Covid-19 crisis continues in Fiji.

Pacific plan may drain aid budget

Funding for infrastructure bank worries aid groups

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Fiji PM sends warning to developers

FIJI – Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has issued a warning to foreign developers who plan to do business in the country.

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Call to dissolve parliament

TONGA – Three petitions with over 10,000 signatures calling for the King of Tonga to dissolve parliament and launch an investigation into the government have been presented to the palace in Nuku’alofa.

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Nauru restricts medical transfers

NAURU – Nauru’s government has rushed through new laws to prevent residents being granted medical transfers based on online recommendations.

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Malolo a lesson for landowners

FIJI – A Fiji opposition MP says events on the island of Malolo should be a warning to all landowners in the country.

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Islanders are ready to work

SOLOMON ISLANDS – More than 1000 Solomon Islanders are competing for 200 places in a “work ready pool” which could land them jobs in Australia.

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284 Apec vehicles still missing

PAPUA NEW GUINA – Papua New Guinea police are still seeking the return of nearly 300 imported cars loaned to officials for driving world leaders around its capital during last year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

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Tongan players keen to come home

TONGA – Some Tongan rugby players would return from Europe “in a heartbeat” to play for a Pacific Super Rugby team, Tonga head coach Toutai Kefu says.

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PNG to ban Facebook for a month

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The Papua New Guinean government is to ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on the nation’s population.

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Samoan language in the spotlight

NEW ZEALAND – Samoans in New Zealand are celebrating their culture and identity as part of annual efforts to encourage more people to be bilingual.

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Village gives up suspects

SAMOA – The Salelavalu village council on Samoa’s Savai‘i Island has handed two men to police over a brawl last Saturday with youths from Salelologa village.

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Games sues Tonga for millions

TONGA – The Pacific Games Council and Tonga’s Olympic Committee (TASANOC) have lodged a claim for millions of dollars of damages against the Tonga government for its late withdrawal from hosting the 2019 event.

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Whales wash ashore after being shot

TONGA – Four whales have washed up dead on a remote Pacific island, with witnesses claiming all of the whales had been shot in the head.

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Pacific rugby squad gets player backing

PACIFIC – A proposed combined Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has the backing of a number of former players and administrators.

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PACIFIC BRIEFS 21/05/2018

NCD GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST LAUNCHED

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France displays Pacific 'schizophrenia'

FRENCH PACIFIC – A leading French Polynesian pro-independence politician has described the French government’s stance towards its Pacific colonies as “schizophrenic”.

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Fiji times writers not guilty of sedition

Three senior journalists and an opinion writer at the Fiji Times have been found not guilty of charges of sedition by a panel of three assessors.

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President's visit sparks criticism

New Caledonia's Labour Party says it doesn't share the enthusiasm over the visit of the French president Emmanuel Macron's two weeks ago.

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Pacific blamed for NZ drug issues

New Zealand's associate finance minister has blamed "closely failed states in the Pacific" for his country's drug problems.

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The island fruit that caused a mutiny

French Polynesians - The French Polynesians have a legend about a famine that occurred on the island of Ra’iatea.

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