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Fiji PM Bainimarama calls for serious action on nuclear disarmament

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Fijian Prime Minister and chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Voreqe Bainimarama today called on nuclear states to implement their disarmament obligations and to join the wave of support toward creating a nuclear-free world. Prime Minister Bainimarama urged states with nuclear weapons to put forward comprehensive and transparent reports on their disarmament efforts and it must be designed to...

Japan-Fiji Prime Ministers’ held informal talks

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Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who is visiting the United States to attend the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held informal talks with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. During the talks, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for the condolence from Prime Minister Bainimarama for passing of the former Prime...

PNG Police hunt for suspects in election-related violence

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Papua New Guinea Police are closing in on 15 candidates in Enga who allegedly used guns to threaten civilians in their attempt to derail the National General Elections. PNG Police Commissioner David Manning said the police have their names and know who the offenders are and where they are hiding. He said most of them were highly educated men and that...

Chinese police to give ‘management and leadership’ training to Solomon Islands officers

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Chinese police will be invited to Solomon Islands to provide training in management and leadership to senior officers, under the new security deal signed between the two countries. Michael Aluvolomo, the transnational crime unit inspector for the Royal Solomon Islands police force, also did not rule out having Chinese police officers embedded within the force, saying it was up to...

New Zealand announces funding for Samoa amid China tensions

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced financial support for Samoa on a visit to the Pacific Island nation, as she seeks to reaffirm New Zealand’s commitment to the region amid increased interest from China. New Zealand will contribute NZ$15 million (US$9.5 million) as part of a new climate change partnership with Samoa to help it cope with climate...

Pangu leads, PNC jolted

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-The ruling Pangu Pati and its coalition parties have 46 elected MPs in camp and are confident of forming the next government, says party leader and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape. In a joint media conference with the leaders of the party’s coalition partners in Port Moresby, Marape said they were hoping to get around 80 MPs by...

New Zealand & Samoa re commit to the Treaty of Friendship

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The lifelong friendship between Samoa and New Zealand, was cemented by a Treaty of Friendship signed 60 years ago yesterday, between Samoa’s first Prime Minister, Mataafa Fiame Faumuina Mulinuu 11 and then New Zealand High Commissioner J.B.Wright. Last night, the two countries celebrated not only the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship signed at the same place, Vailima, but...

Pope Francis welcomes Fijian President Katonivere

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Pope Francis Monday received in audience at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere. The President met afterwards with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International OrganiSations. According to the Holy See Press Office, the “cordial” discussion “focused on various themes of a regional...

UN chief warns of ‘nuclear annihilation’

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UN head Antonio Guterres warned Monday that a misunderstanding could spark nuclear destruction as the United States, Britain and France urged Russia to stop “its dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behaviour.” At the opening of a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in New York, Guterres warned that the world faced “a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the...

Kiribati border reopening to reinvigorate Tourism

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The Kiribati border reopening on Monday 01 August 2022 is expected to revive the nation’s tourism sector since its international border closure in March 2020, due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) Deputy CEO, Reeti Onorio says “Kiribati’s international border closure of two years and four months has had devastating impact of tourism operators across...

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