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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus re-elected to lead the World Health Organisation

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The Member States of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve a second five-year term as Director-General of the world’s leading public health agency. First elected in 2017, his re-election by secret ballot, was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. He was the sole candidate. The vote was the culmination of an...

Former Samoa PM Tuilaepa & Lealailepule suspended indefinitely for contempt of Parliament

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Leader of the Opposition HRPP Party and Samoa’s longest serving Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Maliegaoi and HRPP Party Secretary, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi have been suspended indefinitely from Parliament. Parliament Tuesday upheld the findings and recommendations of the Privileges and Ethics Committee that found the two Members of contempt of Parliament and breaching parliamentary privileges. The committee investigated the complaint filed by...

Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China

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Leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States met in Tokyo on Tuesday, looking to put China on notice as it expands its military and economic influence in the region. The summit of the grouping known as the Quad comes a day after US President Joe Biden said Washington would be ready to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan, prompting...

China’s foreign minister to visit Solomon Islands amid push for more deals with Pacific countries

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China’s foreign minister will visit Solomon Islands this week, one month after signing a security agreement with the Pacific country, on a broader tour where China is seeking more deals in the region. Wang Yi would visit Honiara with a “nearly 20-member delegation”, the Solomons’ government confirmed on Tuesday, calling the trip a “milestone”. “The highlight of the visit is the...

Australian PM Albanese says climate change top issue for Pacific island nations

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New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday climate change was the main economic and security challenge for low-lying island counties in the Pacific, referring to a region in which China has been extending its influence. “The region is looking to us to work with them and to lead by example,” he said in Tokyo during a meeting of...

Two Tongan Cabinet Ministers granted stay of unseating, special Appeal Session in July

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Two Tongan Cabinet Ministers, who were found to have committed bribery in the lead up to the November 2021 General Election, have been granted a stay of execution in their judgements, until their appeal is heard and determined. It is understood that there will be a special Appeal Session scheduled for July. Lord Chief Justice Whitten QC granted the first stay...

USP Council raises concerns over finance risks

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The University of the South Pacific’s Council has raised concerns about the financial and operating risks arising out of Fiji’s withheld grant, compounded by the COVID-19 economic impacts. In a statement, the USP says apart from continued attempts to talk with the Government of Fiji, the Council was looking at other measures to deliver its core business without compromising the...

Quad praises Albanese government’s higher ambition on climate

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By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra The Quad summit in Tokyo has praised Australia raising its ambition on climate change, after Anthony Albanese told fellow leaders his government would do more to assist Pacific countries address it. Albanese stressed Australia’s revised climate policy during the meeting, attended by US president Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India,...

Force eye finals after Moana Pasifika win

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Western Force have kept their Super Rugby Pacific finals hopes alive after snapping their losing streak with a key 48-28 win over Moana Pasifika. Playing their postponed round-10 match on Tuesday night in Auckland, the Force ran in seven tries to also collect a vital bonus point. That came in the 78th minute when Kyle Godwin ran on to a break...

Fiji base for Drua in 2023

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Fijian Drua will be based in Fiji next season. However, where exactly is not confirmed at the moment. The Drua were based at the New South Wales Sport and Recreation center in Lennox Head, Australia this year. Head Coach Mick Byrne said the Fiji based players are back home for good. He said everything will be confirmed in a few weeks. Players will have...

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Solomon Islands media boycott Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Honiara

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Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has issued a boycott notice to its members for the PRC Press event scheduled for Thursday. MASI President, Georgina...

China seeks Pacific Islands policing, security cooperation – document

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China will seek a region-wide deal with almost a dozen Pacific islands covering policing, security and data communications cooperation when Foreign Minister Wang Yi...

Solomon Islands journalists shut out of China foreign minister visit, raising secrecy concerns

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Pacific journalists have raised serious concerns about secrecy surrounding the upcoming marathon tour of the Pacific by China’s foreign minister, who will be visiting...