Fiji floods force families to flee

Heavy rain in Fiji over the weekend has caused the worst floods on the northern island of Vanua Levu in three years. Fiji Broadcasting has reported the Nadi River, which runs through the middle of...

Fiji govt orders investigation into popularity poll

Fiji's interim government has lodged a complaint against the country's free to air television broadcaster Fiji TV over a text-poll it ran for its 2011 Personality of the Year competition. It follows Fiji TV's decision...

Tong wins third term as Kiribati president

Kiribati President Anote Tong has been returned to power for a third term. Mr Tong received just over 42 per cent of the vote in Friday's presidential poll, more than seven per cent ahead of...

Kiribati elections delayed

Kiribati has put its presidential election on hold until next year so citizens travelling to celebrate the New Year can vote. Elections were held in mid October, with over 100 candidates contesting the 23 constituencies. Three...

PNG to ban smoking in public places

Medical workers in Papua New Guinea have welcomed a government move to crack down on smoking. A ban on smoking in public places, and a move to stop the sale of the popular five-pack, are...

Marshall Islands fishermen found

Seven fisherman from the Marshall Islands have been found alive after a joint search by the US Coast Guard and Australian Navy. The men, aged between 19 and 30, had not been seen since last...

Real or unreal: $345,000 study on Vanuatu languages

A world-first study is about to begin into an intriguing feature of the languages used by Vanuatu's indigenous populations. While other languages indicate whether an event is in the past, present or future, the Oceanic...

Union demands Qantas support pilot arrested in Fiji

The head of Australia’s Transport Workers Union says the airline Qantas is obliged to give its support to an Australian pilot under arrest in Fiji. Air Pacific pilot Shalend Scott has been arrested and charged...

Japan back in whale hunt, says newspaper

Reports from Japan suggest the government will increase its whaling budget to better protect crew members preparing for this year's Antarctic hunt. In recent years, Japan's whaling fleet has been pursued by Sea Shepherd anti-whaling...

Chinese take land rights struggle to the streets as courts fail

Chinese villagers fighting for land rights against corrupt officials have turned to violent protest due to failings in the country's legal system. Human Rights Watch's Nicholas Bequelin has told Radio Australia's <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20111111085549/http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia">Connect Asia</a> program...