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Monday, June 19th, 2017


10 mourning days in Vanuatu

The Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura

PORT VILA, Vanuatu-June 19: 2:19pm(Vanuatu Daily Post): The Vanuatu Government has declared a 10-day period of national mourning from June 17 to 26 following the passing of President Baldwin Womtelo Lonsdale. He was the first Vanuatu president who died whilst in office.

Welcome home, Manu Samoa! Despite loss

Fans arrive early for the All Blacks v Manu Samoa rugby union test match at Apia Park. Samoa. Wednesday 8 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

APIA, Samoa-June 19: 1:19pm(Samoa Observer): Win or lose, Samoans will always support their Manu Samoa. This was the overwhelming feeling at the Faleolo International Airport when the Manu Samoa touched down to prepare for this week’s test match against Wales at Apia Park.

Scotland wary of Fiji

Rugby Union - Australia vs Scotland - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia - June 17, 2017 - Scotland's Hamish Watson is congratulated by team mate Alex Dunbar after scoring a try.    REUTERS/David Gray

SUVA, Fiji-June 19: 1:12pm(Fiji Times): Fresh from upsetting the Australian Wallabies, Scotland will not rest on their laurels when they face the Vodafone Flying Fijians in a Test match in Suva this Saturday. After beating Australia 24-19 at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, the visitors are wary of what they will come up against at the ANZ Stadium.

Pacific Islands Forum will observe National Elections in Papua New Guinea

photo: EMTV

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-June 19: 1:06pm(PIFS): The Pacific Islands Forum has accepted an invitation from the Government of Papua New Guinea to observe the 2017 National Elections.

Vanuatu in mourning after president’s sudden death

The Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura

PORT VILA, Vanuatu-June 19: 8:50am(RNZI): Vanuatu was in a state of mourning on Saturday after its revered president, Baldwin Lonsdale, died unexpectedly. He was 67. He was rushed to Vila Central Hospital late on Friday night after a suspected heart attack, but died just after midnight.