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Solomon Islands Police Identify 'People Of Interest' In Easter Double-Homicide

 

Solomon Islands Police have identified “people of interest” in the Easter double murder which shocked Honiara, and the nation. Speaking at a weekly press conference, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said the investigation into the death of Jimmy and Joy Kwan at their business and home at Town Ground over the Easter weekend was ongoing.

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Refugee Brought Boy Into Manus Center To Feed Him, Not Abuse Him

 

The Afghan refugee who brought a small boy into the Manus Island detention centre a few weeks ago has said he and friends only gave the child some food. The man said he was confused and upset by allegations from Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that local people suspected him of sexual assault. "I grew up in a country that was war and bombs and fighting and all these things and I was raised without my father," he said.

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Pacific Chief Trade Advisor Says Pacific Will Greatly Benefit From PACER Plus

 

The outgoing Pacific Chief Trade Advisor is taking issue with a claim many tropical fruits will still be excluded from the Australian and New Zealand markets under the PACER Plus deal. The trade arrangement among Pacific nations is due to be signed in June after negotiations were completed last week. Edwini Kessie said the New Zealand Green Party MP Barry Coates was wrong to claim there is a lack of access.

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Vanuatu Government Investigating Allegations Of Mismanagement At Port Vila Municipal Council

 

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh has appointed an investigation team to inquire into allegations of maladministration and misappropriation funds, assets and resources of in the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC). Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu informed that the inquiry has been prompted by a petition signed by nine Councilors of the PVMC, which was submitted to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, on 8th of February this year.

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Guam Legislature Fails To Override Governor Veto Of Salary Raise Bill

 

In a 9-5 vote, lawmakers on Thursday were one vote shy to override the governor’s veto on legislation to repeal the controversial raises elected leaders received in late 2014. After the legislative body passed Bill 4-34 in a 10-5 vote last month, Gov. Eddie Calvo vetoed the measure, citing concerns that reducing his pay would negatively impact the salaries of his Cabinet appointees.

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As Nomination Period Closes, Fewer Candidates Than Expected Contest PNG Elections

 

Only 2614 candidates have nominated to contest the 2017 National Election, the official preliminary figures released last night showed. The PNG Electoral Commission had expected 4068 candidates to nominate but at 4.06pm when nominations closed, the remaining 1454 had filled in Form 23 had failed to nominate. Only 134 are women candidates with 54 in Southern region, 35 in Momase, 26 in the Highlands and 19 in New Guinea Islands.

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French Polynesia's Former President Wants European Court To Consider Phantom Job Ruling

 

French Polynesia's former president Gaston Flosse wants to go to the European Court of Human Rights after being told to repay more than two million US dollars misspent under his rule. His lawyer told the public broadcaster that he will pursue the matter in Strasbourg after the Supreme Court in Paris rejected his bid to quash a repayment order. Last year, Flosse and 21 others were instructed by the French Court of Audit to collectively reimburse the public purse $US2.1 million misspent between 1996 and 2004.

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Lawyers For Accused Nauru Protestors Fear Deportation

 

There are fears in Nauru that the Australian lawyers brought in to help 18 people facing charges over an anti-government protest two years ago could be deported. The justice minister, David Adeang, made comments in Parliament on Thursday, accusing the lawyers of condescending behaviour and being disrespectful in court. One of the accused men, Mathew Batsiua, who is a former cabinet minister and a former secretary of justice, said Mr Adeang then made veiled threats directed at the five Australian lawyers.

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Saipan Casino Developer Gets More Time To Pay $20 Million Into Community Benefit Fund

 

Imperial Pacific International LLC would pay the Community Benefit Fund in two installments after the Commonwealth Lottery Commission granted their request of amending Section 16 (b) of the Casino License Agreement. The commission met on Tuesday to discuss if they would grant an extension on some of the extension request made by Imperial Pacific at the conference room of the Governor’s Office at the Hon. Juan Atalig Sablan Memorial Building on Capital Hill.

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Top Regional Police Officers Get Training On Violence Against Women, Human Rights

 

Eighteen senior Police officers and policy staff from eight Pacific countries are attending a workshop on gender, violence against women and human rights in Nadi this week. This is the first workshop for regional executive-level Police officers facilitated by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) and funded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). It builds on four previous training sessions funded by the AFP with frontline Police officers from across the Pacific to improve policies and responses to cases of violence against women.

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