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Fiji rejects lockdown calls as virus cases soar

Fiji dismissed calls for a hard lockdown Friday as Covid-19 cases reached record levels in the Pacific island nation, insisting a "no jab, no...

PNG Prime Minister plans to visit Micronesia

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is planning to visit Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Marshall Islands(RMI), Kiribati and Nauru. A...

Pacific islands Wallis and Futuna branded Covid-free

The Pacific archipelago of Wallis and Futuna has declared itself Covid-free, with no cases among the French remote island's 11,500 inhabitants since 01 April,...

Vanuatu PM appeal court denies govt appeal

Vanuatu's prime minister Bob Loughman and 18 other government MPs have lost an important appeal case moving them a step closer to possibly losing...

World leaders dial in as New Zealand hosts special APEC meeting on pandemic

U.S. President Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and other world leaders meet virtually on Friday for the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC,...

UBS made $81m in ‘excessive’ profits from PNG loan

UBS made $81 million (US$60 million) in excessive profits from an overly complex loan to Papua New Guinea, while the investment bank failed to...

Indonesia passes new Papua autonomy law

Indonesia's parliament has ratified a new autonomy law for Papua aimed at boosting development in its poorest region, sparking protests from activists who warned...

Samoa Caretaker PM files complaint against FAST leader

Samoa caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has filed a complaint against the leader of Fa’atuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST)...

‘Early stages’ of COVID third wave, amid Delta surge: WHO chief

The Delta variant’s spread, along with increased social mobility and the inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both...

Fiji records 1,220 new cases of COVID-19, Five deaths reported

Fiji has gone over the 1,000 cases of COVID19 recorded in a day. Fiji’s positive case number reached 1,220 and five new COVID-19 deaths Thursday. Permanent...

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Sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the impacts of climate change: Forum Chair

By Pita Ligaiula in Seoul Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the...

Solomon Islands distance itself from Korea – Pacific Islands Forum Summit Declaration

Solomon Islands expressed reservations on an element of the outcome Declaration of the Korea-Pacific Islands Forum Summit in particular the reference to competing Strategy...

North Korea Nuclear programme direct threat to international peace and security

By Pita Ligaiula in Seoul The Korea – Pacific Islands Summit shares the view that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear and...