Fiji PM says country in hour of need after Winston

he death toll from Saturday’s category five cyclone stood at 29 on Tuesday, with more than 13,000 people believed to be sheltering in evacuation centres. With assessment teams still working to reach badly-hit outer islands, that number was likely to grow – with surveillance flights already revealing a grim picture of vast devastation. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said relief […]

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Vanuatu’s new govt ready to submit its budget to parlt

The Vanuatu Council of Ministers has set a national budget of more than US$169 million dollars for 2016 The prime minister Charlot Salwai says there is also another US$266 million dollars in project funding and donor aid. Mr Salwai now wants his administration’s first extra-ordinary session to be called to allow debate and to reach approval on the budget. The […]

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Despite some damage, Tonga escapes the worst of Winston

The director of Tonga’s emergency management office says food security is a major concern after cyclone Winston passed through the country twice this week. The cyclone passed Vava’u earlier this week as a category two storm that damaged crops and caused some power outages, but has since made an about-turn and passed the group on Thursday night as a category […]

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Solomon Islands and Pakistan forge diplomatic links

Solomon Islands and Pakistan have formalised diplomatic links. Solomon Islands minister of foreign affairs and external trade, Milner Tozaka, says with the closer links come expectations for strengthened and proactive co-operation between the two countries. The Solomons government says there are opportunities for both nations diplomatically if more time and effort is put into exploring and identifying areas of cooperation. […]

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