Vanuatu’s opposition leader has requested urgent clarification from the prime minister about why payments of 1 million vatu ($12,100) were distributed to the personal accounts of every opposition MP with the line item “TC Pam refund” this week.
A growing number of Syrians are choosing to return to their war-ravaged homeland as the UNHCR says severe cuts to aid are forcing up to 200 Syrian refugees a day to leave Jordan.
One year on from the pro-democracy protests that brought Hong Kong to a standstill, organisers admit that China’s Communist leadership shows no sign of budging on reform, but a spark could reignite the movement.
El Nino-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought Tasmania-like weather to the region, a regional administrator said.
Two Nauruan opposition MPs remanded in custody for nearly a month for their role in a rally outside the country’s parliament in June were among seven people released on bail on Friday.
A US charity has discovered the bodies of 36 American Marines in Kiribati, including a famous Congressional Medal of Honour recipient, at the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific during World War II.
A sting by a global NGO on high profile Papua New Guinea lawyers and broadcast on Australian television has caused an uproar in legal and political circles, as well as some of the more fiery social media sites.
The Australian government has successfully rushed through legislation that explicitly authorises offshore detention funding for Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, before a High Court challenge to its policy.
The secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, says she is prepared for Fiji to take its time before deciding on its future involvement with the regional group.
One aspect that hasn’t changed between this Australian budget and the last is the downward direction of aid and development funding as cuts of more than seven billion dollars over five years, signalled in last year’s budget, start to bite.