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PNG Military given powers to protect innocent lives

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

At ICJ, lawyer for Palestine rips U.S and Fiji for defending whatever offenses Israel commits

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An attorney representing Palestine at the United Nations' highest court called out the U.S on Monday for routinely defending Israel's violations of international law, including its brutal 57-year occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Paul Reichler, an American lawyer who has a record of success at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), said during a historic hearing...

UN strongly condemns the mass killing in PNG’s Enga Province

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The United Nations in Papua New Guinea strongly condemns the killing of over 53 people in the highlands province of Enga, and calls for an immediate cessation of violence and possible retaliation following the killings. “The increasing use of modern weapons exacerbates the tribal fightings and their impact on human lives. The mass killing of over 53 people in Enga...

PNG PM vows tough response after dozens massacred in tribal violence

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An eruption of tribal violence in PNG that resulted in dozens being killed has prompted Prime Minister James Marape to bestow additional powers on the army. Papua New Guinea will give arrest powers to its military amid an eruption of tribal violence in remote highlands that saw at least 26 men killed in an ambush, Prime Minister James Marape has...

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