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TODAY'S PACIFIC NEWS
Friday, July 25, 2014

Australian PM To Skip Pacific Islands Forum In Palau
Abbott’s absence seen as ‘missed opportunity’ to improve relations

PNG MPs, Political Parties Could Face Financial Scrutiny
Proposed changes to Organic Law would strengthen oversight

Tourist Murder Trial Costs Guam $350,000
Jury in DeSoto case yet to reach a verdict in Tumon tragedy

New Casino Resort Investment Planned On Tinian
Macau firm wants to build $200 million property in CNMI

One Of Two Cellular Phone Providers In Palau Shuts Down
Palau Mobile Corp. loses satellite communication, uncertain of return

Cooks PM Accuses One Cook Islands Party Of Courting MPs
Puna ‘deplores’ Bishop’s attempt to lure away CIP members

Samoa’s Suspended Police Commissioner Testifies At Inquiry
Maiava responds to allegations of mishandling police procedures

Am. Samoa Cost-U-Less Shut Down For Unsanitary Conditions
Firm ‘working with local health and safety officers to rectify situation’

New Caledonian Nickel Mining Company Under Fire At Film Premiere
‘Cap Bocage: When A Mountain Fell Into The Sea’ debuts in Auckland

On 11th Anniversary, RAMSI Turns Focus Towards Draw Down
Priorities will be training/supporting police, family violence, elections

American Samoans Respond To Private Plane Crash
Witness regrets not being able to help, sends condolences

New Solomons Police Commissioner Facing Court Case In Australia
Prendergast allegedly ‘manufactured’ riot on Christmas Islands in 2011

Cook Islands Demos Receive Foreign Donation To Challenge Election
Caretaker Finance Minister questions source of funding

Samoa Breadfruit Cultivar Distributed Worldwide
Government receives royalties from sharing ma‘afala trees

Matson Shipping Agrees To Settle Lawsuit, To Pay $10 Million
Shipper accused of overcharging U.S. military

Solomons Voters Who Registered More Than Once Face Penalties
Provisional voters list released to public for review

Fijians Living Illegally In Tonga Seek Assistance To Vote Back Home
Many workers have lost passports, want help from government

Gulf Governor Blames Development Projects For PNG Floods
Logging, mining, petroleum projects disrupting river systems: Kavo

Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Urged To Work Together
Regional meeting held in Suva

Casino In Saipan Projected To Need 3,000 Construction Workers
Finding labor for building, operating resort likely to be challenging

Laws Banning Homosexuality Make It Harder To Treat HIV
More than one-third of Pacific countries criminalize male on male sex

French Polynesia Opposition Leader Calls For New Elections
Flosse unrepentant despite French court denying his appeal

Athletes From 13 Pacific Nations Participate In Commonwealth Games
Fiji returns to first games since being banned in 2009

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 THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC
 VOLUME 26, NO. 1, SPRING 2014

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