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MARSHALL ISLANDS – The vast Pacific Ocean has become a tactical arena in the preparations for a future world war, according to a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker.

Drunk sailors went on rampage

Wednesday April 19, 2017

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Refugees have challenged Australian government claims that shots fired during an outbreak of violence at the Manus Island detention centre were discharged by PNG military personnel into the air.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – An asylum seeker detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island says he thought he was going to die during the Good Friday attack on the detention centre by officers in the PNG navy.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Tuesday April 18, 2017

territory recovering from cyclone

GUAM – The Archdiocese of Agana in Guam has asked the US Federal Court to dismiss dozens of clergy sex abuse lawsuits, based on a challenge to a seven-month-old law that lifted the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases.

NIUE – Niuean leaders are calling for locals and Niueans living abroad to fight for the preservation of the Niuean language.

NIUE – Niue’s fifth Arts and Cultural Festival is now underway with hundreds of participants and visitors taking part in the week-long event.

Right hand man joins opposition

Tuesday April 18, 2017

FIJI – A former right hand man to Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has joined the opposition, complaining of a climate of fear and intolerance of dissent within the governing party.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s Defence Force is investigating an incident in which military personnel fired shots at Australia’s refugee detention centre on Manus Island.

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