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Pacific’s first Banking Forum ends, outcomes to Economic Ministers

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Commitments to keep the Pacific connected to global banking systems will shape next steps from the inaugural Pacific Banking Forum in Brisbane this week. The Forum, organised by Australia and the United States in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum, has ended with an Outcomes document to be tabled at the upcoming Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Suva later this...

Pacific Leaders travel to Japan to build collaboration at PALM10

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Three years on from their virtual PALM9 in 2021, Japan's PM and Pacific Leaders are meeting in Tokyo for PALM10. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will meet with the Government of Japan in Tokyo for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting – PALM10 – from 16 to 18 July. Mark Brown, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and Forum Chair said “Pacific...

Rep. Ed Case calls on Biden to end presidential bid

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U.S lawmaker, Ed Case today broke ranks with the rest of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation by calling for President Joe Biden to end his re-election bid for the White House. “Difficult times and realities require difficult decisions,” Case wrote in a statement. “This is one of those times, realities and decisions. My guidepost is what is the best way forward for...

French police kill alleged gunman amid continued unrest in New Caledonia

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French police shot and killed an alleged gunman in New Caledonia on Wednesday, local prosecutors said, bringing the toll of almost two months of unrest in the French Pacific territory to 10. The suspect was killed during a gun battle in the Mont-Dore district outside New Caledonia's capital Noumea, where police were deployed to clear roadblocks. When the police came under...

Fiji’s NGO coalition on Human Rights and solidarity partners call for freedom and justice in the Pacific and Palestine

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The Fiji NGO Coalition on human rights, and its solidarity partners took to the streets this morning in Suva, Fiji, peacefully calling for support from pacific leaders for freedom, decolonisation and human rights in Kanaky New Caledonia and West Papua. The peaceful protest comes after recent events in Kanaky New Caledonia resulting in lives lost, heavy build-up of French police...

Australia PM to meet Tuvalu counterpart with security top of mind

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Australia is strengthening security ties with Tuvalu as leaders build on a recent, landmark treaty. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will host Feleti Teo in Brisbane on Friday as the Tuvalu leader continues a trip around Australia. The leader of the island nation has met with Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Pacific Minister Pat Conroy to discuss how to build on the...

Court declares Solomon Islands PM’s nomination time to election does not comply with Constitution, upheld election valid

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The Solomon Islands High Court has granted declaration sought by the Leader of Opposition, Mathew Wale that the nomination period up to the date of the election of the Prime Minister does not comply with the mandatory four-day period as stated in Schedule 2 1 (b) of the Constitution. The Court however, declined to grant declaration and relief sought that...

Medicinal cannabis now permitted in Cook Islands with prescription

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Islanders and visitors can now bring in medicinal cannabis into the country from New Zealand and Australia provided they meet certain requirements, says Te Marae Ora (TMO), Ministry for Health. Minister for Health Rose Toki-Brown confirmed that the Narcotics and Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2023, including the Narcotics Amendment Regulation 2024 and TMO Pharmacy and Therapeutic Amendment Regulation 2024...

Pacific island leaders in China amid intensifying regional competition

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Jeremiah Manele and Charlot Salwai, the prime ministers of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, are in China this week. Their visits come as Beijing seeks to grow its bilateral ties with the two South Pacific nations and as China is increasingly competing for influence in the region with Australia, the United States and others. Last week, China donated a presidential building...

Media policy critics ‘good for us’, Papua New Guinea’s Communications Minister says

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Papua New Guinea's Communication Minister Timothy Masiu says he is open to criticism regarding the government's proposed new media policy. The proposed media policy, which has been heavily criticised, is now in its fifth draft. It aims to promote, uphold and support principles of freedom of expression and information in PNG through the development of public and private media including media...

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Pacific’s first Banking Forum ends, outcomes to Economic Ministers

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Commitments to keep the Pacific connected to global banking systems will shape next steps from the inaugural Pacific Banking Forum in Brisbane this week. The...

Pacific Leaders travel to Japan to build collaboration at PALM10

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Three years on from their virtual PALM9 in 2021, Japan's PM and Pacific Leaders are meeting in Tokyo for PALM10. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will...

Rep. Ed Case calls on Biden to end presidential bid

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U.S lawmaker, Ed Case today broke ranks with the rest of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation by calling for President Joe Biden to end his re-election...