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PNG opposition faction of the National Alliance Party move to government

The Papua New Guinea Opposition faction of the National Alliance Party (NA) has joined the Marape-Basil Government. Party leader, Patrick Pruaitch, in a media conference...

120,000 voters in Samoa go to the polls today

In a fine sun shiny Samoan day, 120,000 voters go to the polls today to elect a new government following months of intensive and...

Samoa election 2021

By Nanai Anae Dr. Iati Iati STANDFIRST Can you remember the last time Samoa had a formidable political opposition? It has been a while, and...

Pacific Way(s) and regionalism

by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka The tumultuous dispute over the selection of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which led to Micronesian countries deciding...

Palau formally starts exit process from Pacific Islands Forum

Palau has started the official withdrawal of membership from the regional body, as a show of disappointment to the selection process of the Secretary-General. The...

Palau president rejects Beijing, reaffirms ties with Taiwan

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr, who is scheduled to visit Taiwan next week, said Monday that he has informed Beijing that Palau cherishes its...

Fiji Parliament urged to ratify PIF 2005 Establishing Agreement

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Fiji has recommended to Parliament to ratify the 2005 Agreement establishing the Pacific Islands Forum...

Henry Puna turns focus to Forum

Former Cook Islands Prime Minister and Manihiki MP Henry Puna is looking forward to assuming the top Pacific Islands Forum role after the High...

Pacific Islands Forum: the first casualty of a changing culture of dialogue

by Hermann Mückler The withdrawal of the five Micronesian members from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) may be seen by pessimists as the beginning of...

Early school break for PNG, as government plans to arrest current surge in Covid-19...

Term one of the school year has been cut short, and a four-week holiday begins on Monday, as the Papua New Guinea Government implements...

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