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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 closing by the month's end. The company, which made the announcement on Thursday, did not say how many newspapers in the Pacific relied upon its products to produce their newspapers. But it is understood that a significant...

Vanuatu Speaker’s lawyer files application to strike out order

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Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament’s counsel has filed an application for the Court to struck out the application by the 19 Members of Parliament in its entirety, with costs. The development on the constitutional application of the 19 Government MPs comes after Supreme Court judge, Justice Oliver Saksak, granted a stay on the Speaker’s ruling on the vacation of 19 seats. This...

Samoa caretaker PM unaware of FAST take over plans

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Samoa caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says he was not aware the Fa’atuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) was planning a takeover on Thursday, claiming he thought it was going to be a continuation of their negotiations. Speaking late Thursday on state-owned radio 2AP’s weekly programme, Tuilaepa said he did not know FAST was planning to bring...

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.
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 the isolated central Pacific island, which is part of the country of Kiribati, have been forced to rely on a desalination plant for all their water for drinking, bathing and growing crops. But in late November...

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 government accountability. We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, call on the Cambodian government to immediately stop its assault on freedom of expression in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, the government has...

End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for World Oceans Day

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Oceans
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 message for World Oceans Day. The annual commemoration on 08 June is a reminder of the major role oceans have in everyday life as “the lungs of our Planet” and as a source of food and...

António Guterres nominated by Security Council for second term as UN chief

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The United Nations Security Council has formally selected the current Secretary-General António Guterres as its nominee to serve a second five-year term in the UN’s top job. The recommendation, made in a resolution adopted by acclamation in a private meeting, now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval. In a statement, Guterres said it was “a great honour” to...

Covid-19 positive man in Cook Islands charged with making false declaration

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Air NZ - Cook Islands
The man who returned a positive test for Covid-19 last week in Cook Islands will appear in court this Thursday. The man, who is a Cook Islander and works overseas, has been charged with making a false declaration on a travel document. Police arrested the man on Saturday after the matter was referred to them by Te Marae Ora health ministry....

U.S. says to work with allies to help Pacific islands amid China rivalry

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The U.S. policy chief for the Indo-Pacific said on Tuesday the United States aims to work with Japan, New Zealand, Australia and others to assist island nations in the Pacific, a region of increasing strategic competition with China. Five Pacific island nations announced in February they would start withdrawing from the Pacific Island Forum, the region's main political grouping after...

Vice Chancellor re-appointment not illegal, says USP Chancellor and Nauru President

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The President of Nauru and Chancellor of the regional university, Lionel Aingimea says the Council acted within the guidelines of the University of the South Pacific Charter and Statutes in re-appointing the vice chancellor and relocating his place of work. A sub-committee chaired by President Aingimea presented six recommendations to the USP Council which convened a special meeting on 25...

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