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TODAY'S PACIFIC NEWS
Friday, April 29, 2016

Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit In Vanuatu Postponed
Move a blow to Free West Papua advocates’ plans for march

7.0 Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu; Tsunami Warning Cancelled
Local sea-level fluctuations possible; no threat of Pacific-wide tsunami

Fiji Council Of Chiefs Dissolved After Declaring Coup Illegal: Kepa
Opposition leader says GCC stood up for democracy and paid the price

Guam School Curriculum To Combat Sexual Violence
Territory has one of highest rates of rape in U.S.

Tonga Releases First Agricultural Census Report In 14 Years
UN, FAO supported report focuses on food security

Saipan Casino Fined For Environmental Violations At Site
Construction work results in repeated discharge of wastewater

Consistent Rains Slightly Improve Water Situation In Palau
Water availability increases from 2 hours per day to 8

Solomon Gaming Board Shuts Down New Mini Casino
Cyber King operation failed to obtain gaming license

Manus Islanders Concerned About Plans To Shut Refugee Center
Illegal detention facility has boosted island economy

PNG PM: India President’s Visit Demonstrates Warm Relations
Countries discussing opportunities for future cooperation

Business Forum Looks To Improve Cook Islands Tourism
Various stakeholders take part in Aitutaki meeting

Chronically Homeless Rates In Guam Drop 74%
Assistance programs contribute to decline

Fiji Economy Records Sixth Straight Year Of Growth
2015 sees 4.0% expansion

Samoa, Pacific Islands Tourism Promoted in China
Region attempts to grab piece of $215 billion market

Solomon Islands National Development Strategy Launched
20-year plan’s vision is to improve social, economic livelihoods

Tokelau Donates $70,000 For Fiji Cyclone Relief
Fiji offers assistance under Volunteer Scheme

Palau Customs Officer Intercepts ATM Skimming Device
Potential theft of banking information prevented

German Crew Shooting Feature Film In Tonga
Full length movie based on a true love story

Governor Of PNG’s Hela Province Dies Suddenly
Anderson Agiru had been embroiled in leadership battle

U.S. Tuna Industry Objects To New Proposed Labeling
Recent WTO sanction leads to new dolphin safe requirements

Pacific Leaders Head To UK For West Papua Meeting
International Parliamentarians for West Papua convene

Norfolk Islanders Occupy Former Legislative Grounds In Protest
Group opposed to Australian take-over of administrative functions

Obama Declares Severe Drought In RMI A Disaster
Declaration opens door to federal emergency funding

French PM Addresses New Caledonia Congress
Valls encourages lawmakers to only focus on big issues

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