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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...

Forum Secretary General expresses condolences for tragic loss in PNG

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In the wake of the recent tragedies in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has conveyed his condolences and sympathies to the government and people of Papua New Guinea. The mass fatalities resulting from the surge in warfare and violence deeply affected the region, prompting a solemn response from the Forum Secretary General. Puna acknowledged the solidarity...

China lures Palau with economic incentives to break ties with Taiwan

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China has promised Palau economic benefits in exchange for the latter severing diplomatic ties with Taiwan, a letter the Palauan president wrote to an unnamed United States senator revealed. President Surangel Whipps Jr wrote to the senator that China had offered “to 'fill every hotel room' in our tourism-based private sector – 'and more if more are built,'” and pay...

Tuvalu residents are fighting for their home in the face of worsening tides and climate change

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Tuvalu is on the front line of the effects of climate change, and residents of the low-lying island fear their home will be “wiped off its place on the map”. Kato Ewekia is a 27-year-old climate activist from Tuvalu and said he loved his home and his culture and didn't want to lose them. “Seeing the beaches that we used to...

Australia must stay engaged during Pacific island countries’ political instability and change

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By Blake Johnson and Euan Graham As highlighted by Tuvalu’s recent election and recent political instability in PNG, amongst other countries in the region, Australia’s engagement with Pacific island countries can change suddenly, but our principles and support should firmly be aimed at being constant and long-lasting. On 8 February, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape made the first ever...

New Zealand book their place at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris with victory over Solomon Islands

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New Zealand will represent Oceania at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris following a dominant display in their victory over the Solomon Islands in Apia. Impressive performances from Grace Jale and Indiah-Paige Riley, as well as a brace from striker Hannah Wilkinson, proved too much to handle for the Solomon Islands, as the Kiwis ensured that once again they will...

Investment driving women’s football impetus in Oceania as New Zealand reach Paris 2024

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A key focus for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand™ was creating a long-term legacy for both host nations, and also the wider region. A tangible demonstration of the new-found significance for women's football in Oceania has been on display over the past fortnight in Samoa. For the first time eight nations lined-up for a stand-alone...

More than 60 bodies recovered from PNG, Government must act quickly to stop the fighting

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Australia stands ready to support Papua New Guinea authorities in quelling violence after more than 60 people were killed in a “very disturbing” massacre. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the government was ready to assist the Pacific nation, after more than 60 people were reportedly killed in the country's northern highlands region. “That is very disturbing the news that has come...

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Bring vote of no confidence motion in May: PNG PM Marape

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Pacific Ocean Commissioner urges collective action for Ocean Conservation

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