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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Solomon Islands tightens control on logging licenses

For decades unsustainable logging by Asian logging companies takes place in the Solomon Islands.

HONIARA, Solomons-October 18: 2.33pm (SIG/Pacnews): The Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Forestry and Research (MOFR) will not issue any more felling licenses to newly registered foreign companies that intend to carryout logging activities in the country.

Mother to child HIV transmission rapidly increasing in PNG


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-October 18: 2.28pm (POST COURIER/Pacnews): Mother to child transmission of HIV is increasing at an epidemic rate in Papua New Guinea for the last 10 years despite the intervention of the Clinton Access Services Initiative.

Relief for Fijian politicians

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka was one of six opposition figures released without charges

SUVA, Fiji-October 18: 2.03pm (FIJI TIMES/Pacnews): SODELPA Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka does not intend to push for any redress, while four other politicians are contemplating further action over their arrest and detention by police last month after the Director of Public Prosecutions decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge them for breaching the Public Order Act and the Crimes Decree.

Australian Immigration reject Amnesty ‘torture’ findings on Nauru

Refugees stage protest on Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia- October 18: 1.57pm ( ABC): The head of the Immigration Department has “categorically refuted” new allegations from Amnesty International that the conditions on Nauru for refugees and asylum seekers “amount to torture”.

Rich nations on course to miss 2020 climate finance goal


LONDON (England)/CANBERRA (Australia)- October 18: 1.50pm (CLIMATE HOME): The world’s richest countries are on course to miss a target to mobilise US$100 billion of climate funds a year by 2020, a new report by the UK and Australian governments has revealed.