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US$10.7 million response and recovery appeal launched

Samoa, Dec. 5 -- Last week the Government of Samoa mandated the United Nations to assist the development of a national appeal in response to the rapidly spreading epidemic. The Prime Minister of Samo... Read More


UN says online anti-vaxxers fueling Samoa measles deaths

Samoa, Dec. 5 -- Social media giants must crack down on anti-vaccination posts that are fueling Samoa's deadly measles epidemic from afar, UNICEF's Pacific islands chief said Thursday. Sheldon Yett, ... Read More


Extraordinary breach of legal rights in Nauru - Law Society

Nauru, Dec. 5 -- The trial of 12 people without legal representation in Nauru's Supreme Court is an extraordinary breach of individual rights and the rule of law, the New Zealand Law Society's Rule of... Read More


PNG Electoral Commissioner detained for breach

Fiji, Dec. 5 -- Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato spent last night in a cell at the Boroko police station after a court ordered that he be detained for breaching the conditions... Read More


Fiji rolls out second phase of measles vaccination

Fiji, Dec. 5 -- Fiji has rolled out its second phase of mass immunisation campaign, beginning Wednesday this week. The Head of Health Protection for the Ministry of Health, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan said a... Read More


New Zealand out to defend title at World Rugby Sevens Series opener in Dubai

United Arab Emirates, Dec. 5 -- New Zealand will be looking to defend their title when the opening men's tournament of the 2019-2020 World Rugby Sevens Series is held in Dubai over the coming three da... Read More


Women's squads confirmed for Dubai

United Arab Emirates, Dec. 5 -- Dubai is the first of six events held alongside the men's competition in the biggest season in women's sevens history with a record eight tournaments and the Tokyo 2020... Read More


Climate change displacing one person every two seconds, Oxfam report says

Australia, Dec. 5 -- By Erin Handley Fijian man Kelepi Saukitoga is planning to move house. He has no choice - the ocean is lapping at his doorstep. His house, in the village of Narikoso on Ono Isla... Read More


The Hague must recognise ecocide

Vanuatu, Dec. 4 -- The Pacific island state of Vanuatu made a bold statement Wednesday at the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s annual Assembly of States Parties in The Hague. It argued that the As... Read More


Pacific islands should strengthen ties with U.S, says Marshall Islands Speaker

Marshall Islands, Dec. 4 -- Pacific island governments should strengthen their relationship with the United States, Marshall Islands Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi said Wednesday during the Association of Pa... Read More