Regional

PALAU – Palau’s Chamber of Commerce says property values are going up rapidly and locals are reportedly being offered suitcases of cash for their land.

PACIFIC – Pacific people are being urged to keep developing kava’s economic potential beyond traditional ceremonies and kava sessions.

TONGA – A commentator on Tongan affairs is giving strong backing to an Easter Weekend  police action in the capital, Nuku’alofa, that led to dozens of arrests.

FIJI – The Fiji military has issued a warning that recent statements by the Methodist Church could lead to ethnic tension and instability.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The Afghan refugee who brought a small boy into the Manus Island detention centre a few weeks ago has said he and friends only gave the child some food.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Thursday April 27, 2017

MEDICAL STAFF GIVEN WAKE UP CALL

SAMOA – A new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa has been released in Apia.

FIJI – Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has reminded police officers that the way they deliver their services to members of the public can now be recorded or captured with the use of smartphones.

Dutton demands apology from ABC

Thursday April 27, 2017

AUSTRALIA – Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has called on the ABC to apologise for its reporting on a shooting at the Manus Island detention centre.

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