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TODAY'S PACIFIC NEWS
Monday, December 22, 2014

New Cook Islands Coalition Appears Set To Oust Puna
One Cook Islands leader Bishop poised to become PM

Naturalized Citizen Seeks Right To Contest RMI Elections
Rejection of Niedenthal’s candidacy challenged in High Court

Suspended Nauru MPs Decry Supreme Court Decision
Democracy threatened by upholding suspension: Kun

Samoa Opposition: PM Broke Promise To Address Reports
No response to audit alleging ‘unbridled corrupt practices’

Fiji To Open First Beggars Rehab Center In Suva
Partnership with Church will train, accommodate 24

El Ni˝o Warning Activates Tonga Water Conservation Plans
Drought conditions expected to continue for 3 months

Guam Education Department Wants ‘High Risk’ Label Removed
Additional federal requirements costing $4 million yearly

Miss Samoa Takes Home Inaugural Miss Pacific Islands Title
Auva‘a wins Best Interview, Talent, Sarong, Best Traditional Wear

PNG Opposition: Budget Must Account For Lower Prices
Worldwide drop in oil, minerals prices will lead to shortfall: Polye

U.S. To Develop Renewable Energy Action Plan For Insular Areas
Interior Dept. to address needs of territories, freely associated states

Construction On New Rotuma Hospital Gets Underway
Military engineers to build facility

Feds Provided $248 Million For Am. Samoa Disasters
3 disasters in last 10 years received FEMA support

Marianas Trench Expedition Finds ‘World’s Deepest Fish’
Snailfish discovered below 5 miles deep

Samoa Broadcaster Receives Award For Disability Advocacy
NOLA gives out yearly awards for ‘Recognizing the Ability’

Police Officer Kills Girlfriend, Self In Saipan Law Office
On-duty officer was assigned to guard Governor’s residence

PNG Minister Loses Appeal, Remains Imprisoned
Tiensten convicted for misusing $3.7 million of public funds

French Polynesia President Calls For No Confidence Motion
Tired of intra-party sniping, Fritch moves to quash dissent

Forum Secretariat To Form Sub-Committee For Regionalism
Specialist group to implement ‘Framework for Pacific Regionalism’

France To Help Ease Wallis And Futuna’s Financial Problem
Paris to settle $24 million hospital debt, lower power prices

Fiji Opposition: Information Minister Has Conflict Of Interest
Sayed-Khaiyum’s brother is CEO of Fiji Broadcasting Corp.

Vanuatu’s Lopevi Island Volcano Erupting
Lopevi declared ‘no go zone’ for fear of major eruption

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 THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC
 VOLUME 26, NO. 1, SPRING 2014

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