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Irregular Vanuatu MPs ‘Cyclone Pam refund’ questioned
Thursday, October 15, 2015

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.

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Aid cuts to Syria’s neighbours drive refugees back
Monday, October 5, 2015

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.

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HK umbrella movement one year on
Monday, September 28, 2015

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.

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Frost and drought wipe out PNG, Solomons highland crops
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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.

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Nauru opposition MPs among 7 released on bail
Friday, July 17, 2015

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.

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Team unearths decorated WWII Marines’ remains on Tarawa
Sunday, July 12, 2015

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.

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Lawyer sting draws questionable PNG, Aust government responses
Thursday, July 2, 2015

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.

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Manus and Nauru detention safeguards declined as bill passes Senate
Friday, June 26, 2015

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.

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Pacific Islands Forum chief says Fiji group not a rival
Thursday, June 25, 2015

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.

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Robust Australian budget q&a draws call for defining aid
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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.

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