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TODAY'S PACIFIC NEWS
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Voting Gets Underway In Fiji For First Time Since 2006 Coup
President calls poll ‘"the first free and fair elections" in Fiji's history’

Solomons PM Accuses MSG Leader Of Political Meddling
Forau said Lilo has ‘failed the country,’ listened to ‘stupid citizens’

Reporters Without Borders Condemns Fiji Political Comment Blackout
Censorship before election called ‘out of all proportion’

CNMI Governor Wants Money From Land Trust To Pay Utility Bills
Government owes Commonwealth Utility Corp. $23 million

Samoa Government Sued For $12.7 Million Over Prisoner Death
Family of mental health patient found dead in his cell brings civil suit

PNG Peacefully Celebrates 39th Anniversary Around World
PM O’Neill: Country should be ‘proud of the many achievements’

Am. Samoa Governor Implores Obama Not To Expand Marine Monument
‘Tyranny of federal laws’ putting territorial economy at risk: Lolo

Australian PM, Major Carbon Emitters To Skip UN Climate Summit
Small island nations hoping to win hearts and minds at UN

Voter Registration Closes In Tonga, 49,000 Projected
Release of final electoral roll expected on 22 September

Gaston Flosse Stripped Of French Senate Seat Over Conviction
Former French Polynesia President didn’t attend any sittings this year

Am. Samoa Army Recruiting Station Ranked #1 In The World
FY2014 figures now at 153 recruits

Marianas Governor Signs Budget Bill Into Law
Inos calls for further ‘revenue-generating measures’

Thousands Of Papua New Guineans Seek Treatment On Medical Ship
Long queues greeted patients at Chinese vessel Peace Ark

Solomon Islands To Roll Out Early Malaria Warning System
Climate-based monitoring system to help improve mosquito control

Samoan Opera Singer Wins Top Prize In Australian Contest
Soprano received scholarship to continue studying opera

Over 80 Delegates Expected To Attend West Papua Conference
Postponed Port Vila gathering to be held October 1-4

Fiji Celebrates Release Of 45 Peacekeepers
Day of thanksgiving for safe release of soldiers

New Caledonia Anti-Independence Party Snub ‘Incomprehensible’
Frogier refuses to meet experts sent to gauge situation before Paris talks

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

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