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Fiji Military chief expresses concern about escalating drug crisis

As the Fiji Police Force tries its best to uncover those involved in the illicit drug trade, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander affirmed the military’s willingness to assist within legal limitations. Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai has expressed deep concerns about the increasing presence of illicit drugs particularly involving children. Following the recent massive seizures of methamphetamine in...

Tackling nuclear legacies, 70 years after Bravo

By Nic Maclellan On 01 March 1954, the U.S government exploded a thermonuclear weapon on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, codenamed Bravo. The test had an explosive yield of nearly 15 megatons, a thousand times more powerful than the U.S atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This year, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) will hold ceremonies on 01 March...

Clashes between pro-independence protesters, police as three French ministers visit New Caledonia

Militants and protesters clashed with police in downtown Nouméa on Wednesday as New Caledonia plays host to three French government ministers this week. The crowd - an estimated 2,000 according to organisers, 500 according to police - had been called to voice their opposition to a French-planned constitutional amendment process which would include the modification of New Caledonia's electoral roll...

PNG Military given powers to protect innocent lives

Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) soldiers have been given powers to arrest, and discharge their weapons to protect innocent lives and properties. Police Commissioner David Manning made this announcement in Wabag, Enga Province when attending to the massacre of more than 50 men killed in a violent tribal warfare on Sunday. “Any further attempt to cause trouble, it will be...

Japan’s minister chides utility president over radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant

Japan's industry minister summoned the president of the utility that runs the Fukushima nuclear power plant to his office Wednesday and chided him for a radioactive water leak at the plant earlier this month. Mishaps related to the massive amount of contaminated water at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant are especially sensitive while the government tries to get support for...

Benny Wenda calls for arrest of Prabowo Subianto

Benny Wenda, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) President, has called for an international arrest warrant on Prabowo Subianto, the new Indonesian President. Wenda accuses Prabowo of being a dangerous war criminal complicit in genocide in both East Timor and West Papua. According to Wenda, Prabowo, as a General and leader of the Kopassus unit, orchestrated massacres in East...

“Palauans First” Campaign reboots: President Whipps seeks second term

In a rally echoing his “Palauans First” campaign slogan, President Surangel Whipps Jr officially launched his re-election bid on 11 February, becoming the first candidate to declare for the November 2024 general election. Whipps addressed a crowd in Koksai, touting his administration’s achievements like the successful renegotiation of the Compact with the United States and the implementation of the Comprehensive...

NRL eye tax-free status for players with PNG-based team

The NRL will launch an audacious bid for players and staff representing a Papua New Guinea franchise to be granted tax-free status, as part of a plan to base the team in the country. PNG remains the top priority for the NRL's next expansion from as early as 2027, with financial support from the Australian government a lure in the...

Tahiti confident as they face Italy for a semi-final place at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2024

Two teams who have both been runner-up twice at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups are preparing to square off in Dubai early tomorrow morning in the quarter-finals. Group B runners up Tahiti with wins over World heavyweights Argentina and Spain face Group A winners Italy who have the best defensive record at the tournament. The Tiki Toa rested a quartet of...

Who will form the next government is the question on the minds of the people of Tuvalu

As the capital, Funafuti prepares to welcome the last four elected Members of Parliament from the northern islands of Nanumea and Nanumaga, the people of Tuvalu are waiting with anticipation on the formation of the new government. The Pacific Island nation held its national election on 26 January – and since then, a month this Friday, no government has been...

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