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Fears Mining Will Return To French Polynesian Atoll

 

Environmentalists in French Polynesia are alarmed that today's scheduled sailing to Makatea has been cancelled amid speculation that the atoll could be opened for phosphate mining by an Australian company, Avenir Makatea.

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PNG Election Chief Described As Complicit In Fraud

 

The leader of Papua New Guinea's National Party says that without an explanation about the use of extra ballot papers the electoral commissioner, Patilias Gamato, is complicit in election fraud. Kerenga Kua is set to retain his seat in Sinasina-Yonggamugl and his party is tracking strongly in various electorates where results are yet to be declared.

However, as vote counting advanced at a glacial pace across PNG, Mr Kua said the election had been fraught with inconsistencies which appeared to favour the ruling People's National Congress party.

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Climate Change Warming Fiji, China Relations

 

Fiji's fight against climate change is enhancing China's leadership in the Pacific, according to an analyst. China's regional position was strengthened by US president Donald Trump's proclamation that climate change was a hoax.

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Tahiti Removal From UN Decolonization List 'Unlikely'

 

A pro-independence politician says the French Polynesian government's attempt to get the territory off the UN decolonisation list won't succeed.

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CNMI Land Use Plan In The Works

 

After years of delay and nearly two months of back-to-back negotiations, the Department of Public Lands finally reached an agreement with an engineering firm to start the long-overdue land use plan for the entire Commonwealth.

According to Public Lands Secretary Marianne Teregeyo yesterday, DPL awarded the contract to SSFM CNMI, LLC to spearhead the development of the land use plan.

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Questions Over Relevancy Of Tongan Constituency Meetings

 

A political analyst in Tonga says people are questioning the relevancy of the annual parliamentary constituency meetings currently being held.

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Dod Infrastructure Partnerships Continue In Anticipation Of Buildup In Guam

 

So far this year, 10 military buildup projects valued at $484 million have been ordered or completed on Guam, and multiple future contract awards are projected during the next two years, Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Naval Forces Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield said Wednesday in an address to the Guam Contractors Association. 

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Vanuatu Calls For EU Partnership To Serve Needs Of Pacific People

 

Delegates have started arriving in Port Vila for the 14th regional meeting of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) Parliamentary Assembly being hosted by Vanuatu that will open at the National Convention Centre tomorrow morning.

The Chairman of the local Taskforce Committee organizing the program for the meeting, the Acting Clerk of Parliament, Leon Teter, says they expect around 66 delegates at the meeting and so far 44 participants have confirmed their presence.

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Agreement Has Been Signed By The EU And The Pacific Community To Build Resilience To Future El Nin'o Related Droughts

 

An agreement has been signed by the European Union and the Pacific Community (SPC) to build resilience to future El Nin'o related droughts in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau.

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PNG Returning Officer Seeks Refuge After Upset Election Result

 

 A returning officer working in Papua New Guinea's election in Morobe province is reported to have taken refuge in police custody in fear of his life, following an upset result.

Finschaffen district's returning officer, Essing Ulam, has told local media that tensions have risen around the declaration of the electorate's new Member-elect Renbo Paita yesterday.

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