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Tonga names 15 new caps to face All Blacks, Samoa

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Fifteen new caps have been included in the Tonga rugby squad to face the All Blacks and Manu Samoa in New Zealand next month. The...

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PNG cabinet told $1.2b UBS loan was illegal

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A $1.2 billion(US$810 million) loan extended by the Sydney office of UBS to Papua New Guinea in 2014 bypassed the usual cabinet and parliamentary...

Controversial legal case in Vanuatu nearly complete

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here have been astounding developments in a controversial legal case in Vanuatu. The case revolves around the move by the then speaker, Gracia Shadrack, to...

COVID-19 claims another life; 115 new cases reported in Fiji

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Fiji has reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Friday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the...

Samoa’s Human Rights Political Party seat declared void; election overturned

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An Human Rights Political Party (HRPP) Associate Minister has had his election in the seat of Sagaga No. 2 declared void by the Samoa...

‘The next pandemic’: drought is a hidden global crisis, UN says

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Drought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management...
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Samoa’s disputed leader promises Chinese-backed port at a third of the cost

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Samoa's disputed leader is promising to build a port with Chinese help for US$100 million, about a third of the cost proposed earlier, said...
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End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for...

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Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his...

Legal challenge looms after Vanuatu speaker declares most government seats vacant

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The speaker of the Vanuatu parliament has declared the seats of the Prime Minister, the Deputy prime minister and 16 other government MPs vacant. The...
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Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

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Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly...

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Fijian Media Association agrees way forward

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The Fijian Media Association (FMA) convened a virtual special general meeting on Thursday, 17 June 2021 to present audited accounts, discuss training opportunities, and...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was...
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Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

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The authorities’ actions are reinforcing the already widespread atmosphere of self-censorship, preventing participation in governance and public affairs, and extinguishing an important safeguard for...
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‘Freedom of Expression is not an option, it is a right’ – MCPNG

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The Papua New Guinea Media Council is deeply concerned about the conduct of police officers in the detaining of a media company employee in...

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Tonga names 15 new caps to face All Blacks, Samoa

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Fifteen new caps have been included in the Tonga rugby squad to face the All Blacks and Manu Samoa in New Zealand next month. The...

Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia through to Olympics

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Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia has confirmed her spot in the Tokyo Olympics next month and says she is honored to be representing the country. Sipaia...

Māori All Blacks squad for series against Manu Samoa named

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Māori All Blacks Coach Clayton McMillan has named a settled squad ahead of their two-match series against Manu Samoa. It will be the first time...

Flying Fijians extended squad announced for All Blacks test matches

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Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has named a mixture of experience and young players for the two test matches against the All Blacks...

Kaiviti Silktails and Wolves battle it out in hard fought 24- all draw

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The Kaiviti Silktails and the Windsor Wolves could not be separated in a nail-biting 24-all draw at Mascot Oval that featured on NSWRL TV. The...

Health

COVID-19 claims another life; 115 new cases reported in Fiji

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Fiji has reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Friday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the...

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Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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By Joshua Macdonald BANABA, 10 JUNE 2021 (THE GUARDIAN) --- The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on...

Word Baskets and Witness Bearing: A Talk Story with Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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For Pacific writers Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, art and activism are inseparable. But while creative expression can be an act of resistance in...
UNPRAC/PACJN webinar

Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

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Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly...

Education

Solomon Islands scholars fear as Fiji hit hard by dangerous covid-19...

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Studies and living expenses are becoming tougher for Solomon Islands students as coronavirus cases continue to climb in Fiji. A student at the University of...