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Tuesday May 15, 2018

Sex crime stats SHOCK NEW CALEDONIA

“It is about bloody time.”

Those are the words a senior figure in New Zealand rugby said when I was investigating the plans to get a Pacific team into the Super Rugby competition.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A Russian warship will make a port visit to Papua New Guinea for the first time this week.

New fissure spews more lava

Tuesday May 15, 2018

HAWAII –  A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – As many as six people have reportedly been killed in renewed tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands province of Enga during the weekend.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Saturday May 12, 2018

FORUM GIVEN UN OBSERVER STATUS

NAURU – A psychiatrist has said an acutely unwell child held within Australia’s offshore detention regime should not be returned to Nauru because his long-running detention there is causing his mental illness.

Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i’s governor has asked President Donald Trump to declare the state of Hawai‘i a major disaster area.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Police in Papua New Guinea believe a village fisherman accidentally disturbed a drug-running operation after finding nearly 60 kilograms of what is suspected to be illicit drugs buried on a remote beach.

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