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Fiji sends 50 peacekeepers to Solomon Islands

Troops will join Australian-led force that also includes Papua New Guinea.Fiji will contribute 50 troops to an Australian-led peacekeeping force in Solomon Islands after anti-government rioting that razed parts of the capital, Honiara, the Fijian prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, has said.The Fijian contingent will lift the number of peacekeepers to about 200 troops and police officers, mostly Australian with a contribution of at least 34 personnel from Papua New Guinea. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Honiara, Frank Bainimarama, Papua New Guinea Fiji


3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands following days of violent protests

Three burned bodies were found in Australia's Solomon Islands after protests against the Pacific nation's increasing links with China.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Australia, China, Usa Today, Solomon Islands, Pacific


3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands' Chinatown following protests

Three charred bodies have been found in a burned out building in the Chinatown district of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara -- the first reported fatalities after three days of violent protests that saw more than 100 people arrested.
Tags: Asia, News, Solomon Islands, Chinatown, Honiara, Solomon Islands Chinatown


Solomon Islands tells public workers to stay home as violent protests continue for third day

The Solomon Islands government has declared a nightly curfew and advised all public servants to stay at home as violent protests continued for a third day on Friday, with crowds gathering at the Prime Minister's residence.
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3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands' Chinatown following days of violent protests

Three charred bodies have been found in a burned out building in the Chinatown district of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara -- the first reported fatalities after three days of violent protests that saw more than 100 people arrested.
Tags: Cnn, Solomon Islands, Chinatown, Honiara, Solomon Islands Chinatown


3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands' Chinatown after days of violent protests

Three charred bodies have been found in a burned out building in the Chinatown district of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara -- the first reported fatalities after three days of violent protests that saw more than 100 people arrested.
Tags: News, Stories, Solomon Islands, Chinatown, Honiara, Solomon Islands Chinatown


Solomon Islands PM blames violent anti-government protests on foreign interference

Comments come as Australian police and defence force personnel begin taking control of capital HoniaraSolomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara for the past three days.However, critics have also blamed the unrest on complaints of a lack of government services and accountability, corruption and foreig...
Tags: World news, Australia news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare, Malaita, HoniaraSolomon Islands


Solomon Islands tells public workers to stay home as violent protests continue for third day

The Solomon Islands government has advised all public servants to stay at home as violent protests continued for a third day on Friday, with crowds gathering at the Prime Minister's residence.
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Australia’s early intervention can help Solomon Islands but the roots of the conflict run deep | Mihai Sora

Honiara has awoken to a calmer scene but tension lingers as quelling the violent protests has not resolved their underlying causesUnresolved tensions and geopolitical pressures are a volatile mix in Solomon Islands.What began as a peaceful protest calling for the resignation of prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday quickly descended into unrest as the crowd of about 1,000 people, many of whom travelled from the neighbouring Malaita province, grew agitated and set fire to a leaf hut in th...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare, Malaita, Australian foreign policy, Mihai Sora


Solomon Islands leader blames violent anti-government protests on foreign interference

Comments come as Australian police and defence force personnel arrive in Honiara to help restore orderSolomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days.However, critics have also blamed the unrest on complaints of a lack of government services and accountability, corruption and foreign workers...
Tags: World news, Australia news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare, Sogavare, Malaita


Australia sends troops and police to Solomon Islands as unrest grows

Deployment to support ‘riot control’ as protesters defy lockdown order to take to streets for second dayAustralia is deploying more than 100 police and defence force personnel to Solomon Islands, where anti-government protesters took to the streets in the capital, Honiara, for a second day running in defiance of a lockdown order.The Australian government said the deployment would support “riot control” and security at critical infrastructure, a day after demonstrators attempted to storm parliame...
Tags: Australia, World news, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare Continue


Australia defense personnel dispatched to Solomon Islands as violent protests continue for second day

Australia is deploying police and defense personnel to support authorities in the Solomon Islands, as violent protests continued for a second day in the capital, Honiara on Thursday, despite a 36-hour lockdown being imposed.
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Australia sends police and troops to Honiara as violent protests continue in Solomon Islands

Protesters reportedly from neighbouring island, which opposed government’s 2019 decision to switch allegiance from Taiwan to ChinaAustralia is deploying more than 100 police and defence force personnel to the Solomon Islands amid reports of fresh protests in the capital Honiara.The Australian government on Thursday said the deployment would support “riot control” and security at critical infrastructure, a day after demonstrators attempted to storm parliament and topple the prime minister, Manass...
Tags: Australia, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare Continue


Solomon Islands: Australia sends peacekeeping troops amid riots

Violent riots have rocked the Pacific Island nation for a second straight day.
Tags: News, Australia, Solomon Islands, Pacific Island


Australia politics live update: PM targeted on integrity bill in question time; AFP and ADF deployed to Solomon Islands for ‘riot control’

Scott Morrison announces deployment of personnel to Solomon Islands as protests continue; Labor targets federal integrity commission during question time; George Christensen ‘clarifies’ Hitler, Mao, Stalin comments; Victoria records 1,254 new Covid cases and five deaths; NSW reports 276 cases and no deaths. Follow live updatesWatch: Morrison says Berejiklian ‘done over’ by NSW Icac as integrity commission debate defeatedFormer ABC journalist Zoe Daniel to run as an independent against Liberal MP...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, Australia, Religion, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, LGBT rights, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, National party


Solomon Islands: Australia to send peacekeeping troops amid riots

Violent riots have rocked the Solomon Islands for a second straight day.
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Violent protests continue in Solomon Islands despite lockdown

Violent protests continued for a second day in the Solomon Islands on Thursday, with several thousand people taking to the streets despite a 36-hour lockdown being imposed in the capital, Honiara.
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Solomon Islands enters 36-hour lockdown after protests turn violent

The Solomon Islands imposed a 36-hour lockdown in the capital, Honiara, after protesters calling for the Prime Minister to resign looted stores and set fire to buildings, including in the Pacific nation's Parliament.
Tags: Asia, News, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Honiara


Australia politics live update: PM targeted on integrity bill in question time; AFP and army deployed to Solomon Islands for ‘riot control’

Scott Morrison announces deployment of personnel to Solomon Islands as protests continue; Labor targets federal integrity commission during question time; former ABC reporter Zoe Daniel to challenge for Tim Wilson’s seat of Goldstein; religious discrimination committee motion hits snag; George Christensen ‘clarifies’ Hitler, Mao, Stalin comments; Victoria records 1,254 new Covid cases and five deaths; NSW reports 276 cases and no deaths. Follow live updatesLiberal MP crosses the floor to support...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, Australia, Religion, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, LGBT rights, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Australian education


Honiara’s Chinatown targeted as violent protests break out for second day in Solomon Islands

Protesters reportedly from neighbouring island, which opposed government’s 2019 decision to switch allegiance from Taiwan to ChinaFresh protests have broken out in Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara, witnesses have said, a day after demonstrators attempted to storm parliament and topple prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.Protesters defied a 36-hour lockdown imposed in the wake of Wednesday’s unrest and again took to the streets on Thursday targeting police and businesses in the capital’s Chinatown a...
Tags: World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Chinatown, Pacific Islands, AFP Continue, Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare Protesters


Solomon Islands enters 36-hour lockdown after protests turn violent

The Solomon Islands imposed a 36-hour lockdown in the capital, Honiara, after protesters calling for the Prime Minister to resign looted stores and set fire to buildings, including in the Pacific nation's Parliament.
Tags: Cnn, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Honiara


Parliament building and police station burned down during protests in Solomon Islands

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters demanding the prime minister step down, amid reports of lootingPolice in Solomon Islands have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters, who allegedly burned down a building in the parliament precinct, a police station and a store in the nation’s capital of Honiara, amid reports of looting.The protesters marched on the parliamentary precinct in the east of Honiara, where they allegedly set fire to a leaf hut...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Parliament House, Honiara


Some Pacific countries will take years to vaccinate 50% of adult population, modelling shows

Predictions from Lowy Institute indicate Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just a third of its populationSee all our coronavirus coverageSome Pacific countries will have less than a quarter of adults vaccinated by the end of the year, with predictions that Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just one-third of its population, undermining economic recovery and threatening huge loss of life across the region.The predictions come from modelling released on Sunday by t...
Tags: Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands, Palau, Lowy Institute, Coronavirus


One-third of people in Pacific paid a bribe in the last year, says corruption report

Survey of more than 6,000 people by Transparency International is the most comprehensive look at corruption in the region to dateOne in three people across the Pacific Islands region have paid a bribe when using a public service in the last year, while a quarter of people have been offered a bribe for their vote in the last five years, according to a report by Transparency International.The findings for the watchdog group are based on a survey of more than 6,000 people in 10 countries and territ...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Kiribati, Transparency International, New Caledonia, Pacific Islands


Cop26: Pacific delegates condemn ‘monumental failure’ that leaves islands in peril

Representatives particularly disappointed by softened language on coal and a lack of funding to pay for loss and damagesPacific representatives and negotiators have condemned the outcome of the Cop26 meeting as “watered down” and a “monumental failure” that puts Pacific nations in severe existential danger, with one saying that Australia’s refusal to support funding for loss and damage suffered by Pacific countries was “a deep betrayal” of the region.Some Pacific leaders expressed qualified opti...
Tags: Australia, World news, Glasgow, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Tuvalu, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Frank Bainimarama, Climate Crisis, Cop26


Mining operation allegedly owes millions in taxes and royalties in Solomon Islands

Asia Pacific Investment Development and its subcontractor have also allegedly failed to rehabilitate land affected by bauxite miningA mining operation in Solomon Islands owes millions in unpaid taxes and royalties, according to a former senior government figure, with a report showing that the mining companies had not paid taxes or royalties on one-third of their exports over the last five years.According to a summary of a royalty payments report into mining on West Rennell Island from the Centra...
Tags: China, World news, Mining, Asia Pacific, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Asia Pacific Investment Development, West Rennell Island, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Asia Pacific Investment Development APID, Bintan Mining Solomon Islands Ltd


Man Rescued After A Month Lost At Sea: ‘It Was A Nice Break’

Two men from the Solomon Islands spent 29 days adrift, surviving on fruit and rainwater, after their boat got caught.
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‘It was a nice break from everything’: two men rescued after 29 days lost at sea

Surviving on oranges they’d packed, coconuts from the sea and rainwater they collected, they floated about 400km in the Solomon Sea before being rescuedTwo men from Solomon Islands who spent 29 days lost at sea after their GPS tracker stopped working have been rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea – 400 kilometres away from where their journey began.Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set out from Mono Island, in Western province, Solomon Islands, on the morning of the 3 September in a small, ...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, Solomon Sea, Livae Nanjikana, Junior Qoloni, Mono Island, Western province Solomon Islands


How a tiny Pacific community fought off a giant mining company – video

A proposal to mine 60% of a tiny island of Wagina in the Pacific was met with outrage by locals and became a landmark case in Solomon Islands.Read more of our Pacific Plunder seriesThe little island that won: how a tiny Pacific community fought off a giant mining company‘They failed us’: how mining and logging devastated a Pacific island in a decade Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Mining, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Pacific Islands, Wagina, Solomon Islands Read


From a forest in Papua New Guinea to a floor in Sydney: how China is getting rich off Pacific timber

China is the major buyer of wood from Pacific nations like PNG and Solomon Islands, which are implicated in illegal or unsustainable loggingRead more of our Pacific Plunder series hereAn illegally logged tree, felled in the diminishing forests of Papua New Guinea, may well end up becoming floorboards in a Sydney living room, or a bookcase in a home in Seattle.Illegal logging contributes between 15% and 30% of the global wood trade, according to Interpol. China is a major buyer of the world’s ill...
Tags: China, Environment, International Trade, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Trees and forests, Sydney, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pacific, Pacific Islands, Logging and land-clearing, Seattle Illegal, Interpol China



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