Commonwealth should push Sri Lankan rights, says observer

Commonwealth leaders should tell the Sri Lankan government to improve its human rights record when they meet in London this week, says a prominent human rights observer. Carroll Bogert, associate director of the US-based group...

New Caledonia urges nickel workers to help keep SLN open

The New Caledonian government is urging unions representing workers at the country's largest nickel mining firm to accept reduced working hours in order to stave off job losses. The firm, SLN, says it has suffered...

FEATURE: Frank Bainimarama on Pacific Beat

Since taking power in 2006, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has faced international questions and condemnation over his country's timeline for holding elections and returning to democratic rule. A January meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum called...

Oscar Temaru new French Polynesia president

Oscar Temaru is French Polynesia's president again, the fourth time he has held the top position since 2004. Gaston Tong Sang was ousted from office in a vote of no-confidence today, with the pro-independence Mr...

International donations for Australian disaster relief

The Australian government says its been inundated with good wishes and offers of help from around the world, in response to the Victorian bushfires. Our Canberra correspondent, Linda Mottram, says Australia's prime minister and foreign...

New bushfire starts in Australia’s south-east

Firefighters are battling a new blaze that has broken out in a pine plantation near the fire disaster zone at Mansfield, in the state of Victoria, in Australia's south-east, five days after the bushfires...

Fiji postpones national wage rise

Fijian interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has postponed a national pay rise until July 1. Radio Australia's Jemima Garrett says the wage rise of up to 20 percent had been agreed upon by the Fiji...

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu to visit Solomon Islands

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning South African cleric Desmond Tutu has been invited to Solomon Islands to help set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the country. The now-retired Archbishop help set up South...

Australia accused of climate hypocrisy

Environment groups say the Australian government is taking a hypocritical position on forestry to the climate conference in Poland. The wholesale jerseys Australian Conservation Foundation’s Lindsay Hesketh says the Australian government supports the...