Pacific islands

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Tonga’s drug crisis: Why a tiny Pacific island is struggling with a meth epidemic
Spike in drug use has caused problems across Tongan society, with arrests doubling in two years and children severely affected

Joshua Mcdonald

27, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Solomon Islands unrest: three bodies found in burnt-out building
The badly burnt victims were discovered in a building in Chinatown in Honiara after days of rioting

Charley Piringi and agencies

27, Nov, 2021 @4:49 AM

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Brisbane company worth just $8 when awarded $385m Nauru offshore processing contract
Since 2017 the contract – originally for $385m – has been amended seven times without competitive tender

Ben Doherty and Ben Butler

25, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Parliament building and police station burned down during protests in Solomon Islands
Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters demanding the prime minister step down, amid reports of looting

Georgina Kekea in Honiara

24, Nov, 2021 @7:56 AM

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Some Pacific countries will take years to vaccinate 50% of adult population, modelling shows
Predictions from Lowy Institute indicate Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just a third of its population

Kate Lyons Pacific editor

21, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Kiribati’s attempts to keep stranded Australian judge out of the country ruled unconstitutional
In a landmark ruling, Kiribati’s chief justice ordered the government to allow high court judge David Lambourne to return

Kieran Pender

19, Nov, 2021 @8:00 PM

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One-third of people in Pacific paid a bribe in the last year, says corruption report
Survey of more than 6,000 people by Transparency International is the most comprehensive look at corruption in the region to date

Joshua Mcdonald

17, Nov, 2021 @1:13 AM

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‘We are not in the mood for campaigning’: Covid threatens to derail independence vote in New Caledonia
Kanak leaders have urged a postponement of the vote, saying that the priority for indigenous people once lockdown lifts will be mourning customs, not campaigning

Helen Fraser

16, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Kiribati to open one of world’s largest marine protected areas to commercial fishing
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is about the size of California and has been fully closed to commercial fishing since 2015

Bernadette Carreon in Koror

15, Nov, 2021 @11:08 PM

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Glasgow climate pact: leaders welcome Cop26 deal despite coal compromise
Watered-down coal pledge and climate financing shortcomings temper optimism over Glasgow deal

Fiona Harvey, Damian Carrington and Libby Brooks with agencies

14, Nov, 2021 @6:25 AM

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PNG residents evicted a decade ago for casino development face violence and poverty: report
Former residents of the Paga Hill settlement in Port Moresby say their displacement has led to a range of problems

Joshua Mcdonald

12, Nov, 2021 @1:16 AM

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Sixteen deaths in Australia’s troubled seasonal workers program since pandemic began
Spike in fatalities comes to light as scheme faces claims of exploitation and ‘inhumane conditions’

Cait Kelly

11, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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