Vietnamese official’s visit sparks protest in Australia

A small group of demonstrators have protested outside the Australian Parliament against the visit of Vietnam's Communist Party chief, Nong Duc Manh. Senior Australian ministers are holding talks with their Vietnamese counterparts in the capital...

Japan’s PM-elect pledges deeper emissions cuts

Japanese Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama says Tokyo will aim for a 25 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with 1990 levels. It more than doubles the outgoing government's previous commitment to...

PNG fails to contain disease threat

Papua New Guinea's Health Minister Sasa Zibe says deadly outbreaks of dysentery, flu and cholera in Morobe province should have been contained by health officials. The diseases have reportedly killed nearly 90 people in the...

NZ Mayor accused of bullying children

A mayor in New Zealand is being accused of bullying a group of schoolchildren who wrote to him asking for the spelling of his city to be changed. Seven Maori children, aged between 11 and...

Broome anger over dolphin cull leads to attacks

Anger at Taiji's annual dolphin slaughter has led to an attack on the Japanese cemetery in the West Australian tourist town of Broome. It comes after the Broome Shire last week suspended its sister-city relationship...

Chinese police catch 15,000 drink-drivers

Chinese police say they have caught 15,000 people in the first week of a crackdown on drinking and driving, which follows public anger caused by a series of fatal accidents. The public security ministry says...

Fiji cane growers lose their association

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has abolished the country's main sugar cane grower representative group. Commodore Bainimarama claims the Sugar Cane Growers' Council is trying to influence national politics. He says growers will now...

Australia condemns Burma verdict, resumes radio service

Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, says the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is a new low for Burma's military regime. A Burmese court has convicted Ms Suu Kyi of breaching the country's security...

Challenge Fiji’s military rulers: outgoing Pacific forum chair

The outgoing chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi, has called on Fijians to challenge the military rule of Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Mr Talagi, Premier of Niue, was speaking at the opening of the...

Solomon Islands confirms first H1N1 case

A member of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) to Solomon Islands is the country's first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. The Solomon Times reports the RAMSI member arrived in the country...