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Pacific churches invite prayers on Kanaky and Ma’ohi Nui Freedom Sunday

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The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) is inviting all people of good will to share prayers and support on 14 July for a Kanaky and Ma’ohi Nui Freedom Sunday. Pacific churches are sharing common lectionary texts developed to reflect on the struggle for truth, justice, and freedom and a God who loves and liberates. Communities in Kanaky and Ma’ohi Nui will...

Japan prepares to host Pacific Island leaders for summit this month

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Japan stands ready to welcome Pacific Island leaders in the upcoming 10th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (Palm10) summit in Tokyo from 16-18 July. Japan’s Defence Minister Kihara Minoru said in a statement the Pacific or the Blue Pacific, was at the heart of continents such as North and South America, Eurasia and Australia. He said Japan had shared the vast Pacific...

Fiji AG Leung says there can be no returning to the dark days of tyranny

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Fiji's Attorney General Graham Leung delivered his maiden speech in Parliament Monday saying that he saw it as his duty to promote respect for the law in all government affairs. The Attorney General said that the rule of law was central to our democracy. “The rule of law means that no one, including the elected Government of the day, is above...

Forum seeks fix for Pacific’s sinking banking services

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Disappearing banking services and boosting financial security in the Pacific region are the focal point for policymakers, finance institutions and international organisations at an Australian forum. Turning the tide on the closure of banks in the Pacific is high on the agenda in Brisbane during the two-day forum which started on Monday. The Pacific Banking Forum was an important outcome of...

Funding injection to help keep banks in Pacific

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An extra $6.3 million (US$4.24 million) in Commonwealth funds will go toward bolstering banking infrastructure in the Pacific, the federal treasurer will announce at a forum in Brisbane. The talks are focused on banking closures and financial security in the Pacific, with the federal government encouraging Australian banks to stay in the region. “Australian banks like Westpac and ANZ provide vital...

Rugby sevens match schedule confirmed for Olympic Games Paris 2024

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The Paris 2024 Olympic rugby sevens match schedule has been unveiled by World Rugby and Paris 2024 today, with just 16 days to go until the sport has the honour of kicking off the Games on 24 July, two days ahead of the Opening Ceremony. The schedule follows the pools announcement, which took place in Monaco on 23 June and...

Wales drop out of top 10, Fiji climb back in World rugby rankings

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A bumper weekend of international rugby has led to multiple changes to the World Rugby Men's Rankings, including Wales dropping out of the top 10 for the first time in history. Fiji have replaced them there after they beat Georgia 21-12 in Batumi on Friday, while Wales lost 25-16 to Australia in Sydney the following day. Warren Gatland has now been...

Tjibaou and Metzdorf win New Caledonia’s seats in French National Assembly

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By Nic Maclellan In New Caledonia, Emmanuel Tjibaou has won a seat in the French National Assembly – the first time in 38 years that a pro-independence Kanak leader will serve in the French legislature in Paris. Emmanuel is the son of the late Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the charismatic founder of the independence coalition Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS),...

Five New Caledonia pro-independence leaders to remain in mainland France jails – Appeal Court

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Five New Caledonia pro-independence leaders will continue to serve a preliminary term in several jails in mainland France, pending their trial, a Nouméa court ruled on Friday. The five are part of a group who were initially arrested and indicted on 22 June, then transferred to metropolitan France on a specially-freighted plane that same day. Nouméa public prosecutor Yves Dupas said...

Fiji PM assures stability of cabinet positions, has no say on Supreme Court opinion: Rabuka

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None of the positions or portfolios of Fiji Government cabinet ministers are threatened. This assurance comes from Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, as nine opposition members have declared their interest and shown support for Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Rabuka said that the nine MPs will continue to sit in opposition. He said that they will participate in parliamentary debate and continue to represent...

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