Violent arrests at peaceful refugee protest on Nauru

Violent arrests have been reported at the Australian run refugee detention centre on Nauru. The Refugee Action Coalition released video they said was of the violent apprehension of peaceful protesters yesterday. A spokesperson for the coalition Ian Rintoul said the protest was prompted by revelations about Australia’s prime minister and the US president. The recently published transcript of a telephone conversation from […]

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Malaita Premier denies IRPP link

The Malaita Premier Peter Ramohia has denied any affiliation with the Malaita group name Isles of Ramos Peoples’ Power (IRPP). The Malaita group last week came out publicly and voiced its strong support towards current MART government’s idea of Malaita Province seceding from the rest of Solomon Islands to be a sovereign state. The IRPP also voiced its frustration over […]

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Enga death toll up to 20 after latest election-related violence

Six more people have been killed in election-related violence in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province. Police in Enga’s capital Wabag said four people died on Friday and two more yesterday after fighting erupted again involving supporters of the ousted member for Kandep Open, Don Polye. Together with the Kii tribe, these supporters have been fighting another tribe on the outskirts […]

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Fiji in favour of revised Biketawa Declaration

Fiji says it supports the idea of expanding regional security co-operation by revising the Pacific Islands Forum’s 2000 Biketawa Declaration drawn up after the coups in Fiji and Solomon Islands. Fiji’s defence minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola spoke at the Forum foreign ministers’ meeting in Suva ahead of next month’s Forum summit in Samoa. Ratu Inoke said new global trends posed […]

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Negotiations continue over Grasberg mine

Indonesia’s government is keeping quiet on the progress of negotiations with the global mining giant Freeport, over its gold and copper mine in West Papua. Operations have been crippled with the two sides quarrelling since January, when Jakarta forced Freeport to stop exporting copper concentrate from the Grasberg mine. Indonesia wants Freeport’s local subsidiary to adopt a special licence, pay […]

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