Pacific islands

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Canstruct loses lucrative Nauru offshore processing contract to US prisons operator with controversial record
Management and Training Corporation is set to take over running Australia’s immigration regime on the island

Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus

16, Aug, 2022 @8:58 AM

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Marshall Islands, haven from Covid for two years, gets 3,000 cases in space of weeks
Pacific country had recorded no community transmission of the virus until last week, and healthcare is struggling to cope

Mar-Vic Cagurangan

15, Aug, 2022 @5:46 AM

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Vanuatu, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries, launches ambitious climate plan
The Pacific country has committed to 100% renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

14, Aug, 2022 @3:25 AM

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Solomon islanders greet plan to delay election with scepticism and anger
Across the capital, Honiara, people are unimpressed with the government’s argument that it can’t host an election and a sporting event in the same year

Georgina Maka'a in Honiara

12, Aug, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Kiribati constitutional crisis deepens as it detains Australian-born high court justice
Judge David Lambourne was detained after a failed bid to deport him, which he called a ‘devastating assault on the rule of law’ in Kiribati

Kieran Pender

11, Aug, 2022 @4:49 AM

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Solomon Islands PM’s election delay push a ‘power grab’ linked to China pact, opposition leader alleges
Matthew Wale says Chinese forces may be brought in by government to deal with unrest from postponing vote

Kate Lyons

10, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Driving out invasive species on islands has high success rate and big benefits – study
New research finds that eradicating non-native rats, cats, rabbits and goats is 88% effective in restoring biodiversity

Patrick Greenfield

10, Aug, 2022 @1:13 PM

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James Marape returned as prime minister in Papua New Guinea after fraught election
Marape, leader of PNG since 2019, defeated ex-PM Peter O’Neill in an election plagued by violence and electoral fraud

Lyanne Togiba in Port Moresby

09, Aug, 2022 @11:44 PM

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Caroline Kennedy meets children of Solomon Islanders who saved JFK’s life
New US ambassador to Australia was in Honiara to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal

Michael Field

08, Aug, 2022 @4:20 AM

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Shouldering the weight of four million women: PNG elects its first female MP in a decade
Rufina Peter is just the eighth woman elected in Papua New Guinea. But the economist has been battling for her place in society since she was a child

Jo Chandler

08, Aug, 2022 @1:19 AM

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Outrage as Solomon Islands government orders vetting of stories on national broadcaster
All stories are to be approved by the government before broadcast on the SIBC, prompting grave concerns about press freedom

Dorothy Wickham in Honiara

03, Aug, 2022 @5:46 AM

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Chinese police to give ‘management and leadership’ training to Solomon Islands officers
Senior police boss also did not rule out having Chinese police officers embedded within the force, after signing of controversial security deal

Lice Movono in Nadi

02, Aug, 2022 @2:37 AM

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