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Bombers From Guam Join Show-Of-Force Over Korean Peninsula

 

Bombers from Andersen Air Force Base joined other military aircraft from the U.S., Japan and South Korea in a show of force that included a bombing drill with live ammunition over the Korean peninsula Monday.

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Starkist 5 Week Shutdown Will Cost The American Samoa Government Millions

 

With an estimated 7% loss in local revenues for the government due to the upcoming five-week closure of StarKist Samoa cannery operations, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has advised directors of all ASG departments and agencies to “practice diligence in expending local funds”.

Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., confirmed Tuesday that its cannery operations in American Samoa will shut down for five weeks, Oct. 21st to Nov. 26th, for upgrades and to install new equipment.

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One Of The Top Solomons Official Charged With Corruption

 

The speaker of the Solomon Islands Temotu provincial assembly, Johnson Levela has been charged with 12 counts of official corruption and conversion.

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NZ Tongan Leader Concerned About Royal Backing Of Maori Party

 

A Tongan community leader in New Zealand is upset the Tongan king was apparently approached to endorse the Maori Party before this week's election.

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Indonesia Offers Increased Assistance To Samoa And Pacific

 

Samoa and other Pacific countries are being offered increased technical assistance and capacity building programmes by Indonesia.

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Marshalls Still To Decide On UN Nuclear Ban Treaty

 

Six Pacific nations are expected to sign a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons when it opens for signature later this week, but the Marshall Islands won't be one of them.

Tim Wright, the Asia Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said that the island countries that have said they would sign the treaty this week include Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

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West Papuan Independence Founder Dies

 

One of the founders of the West Papuan independence movement, Nicolaas Jouwe, has died in Jakarta at the age of 93. Jouwe was a member of the New Guinea Council, the legislature established in 1961 by the Netherlands in its former territory of West New Guinea.

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Solomons PM Wants PNG Citizenship After He Retires From Politics

 

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, will be seeking a Papua New Guinean citizenship after he retires from politics, which is any time soon. He announced his desire to settle in PNG upon retirement, while celebrating Papua New Guinea’s 42nd Independence Day anniversary in Honiara last Saturday.

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Opposition: Equipment Unloaded In Vanuatu Despite Disease Fear

 

The Vanuatu opposition claims the government bowed to pressure from China despite fears foot and mouth disease could be introduced. The Chinese company rebuilding Bauefield Airport was stopped last month from unloading metal for fear of contamination.

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Fiji's Conducting First Census In 10 Years

 

Fiji is holding its first census in ten years with the new population and housing count starting today.

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