Pacific News Minute

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AK Rockefeller / Flickr

In Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, last week, a summit meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group ended with an apparent victory for Indonesia, while the United Liberation Movement for West Papua fell short. Details from Neal Conan in our latest Pacific News Minute.

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Wikipedia

Yesterday, the State Department released its annual report on human rights abuses that listed some of the usual suspects: Iran, China, Russia, North Korea, Syria, and Cuba. Some American allies like: Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are also on the list. And for the first time, non-state actors including The Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda. One country that will not get into the headlines is the tiny island nation of Nauru. More on the human rights situation there, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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The U.S. Army / Flickr

There are always concerns and complaints when the military stages live fire exercises here in Hawaii.  Now the Defense Department is holding Hawaii's experience up as a model for skeptical officials in the Northern Marianas. Details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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vintagedept / Flickr

A political summit in the Solomon Islands this week faces a difficult decision on an application for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group from the United Liberation Movement of West Papua. The western half of New Guinea is currently a province of Indonesia, which opposes any recognition for the ULM.  We have details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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aceebee / Flickr

In August, we mark the seventieth anniversary of the events that ended the Second World War in the Pacific... The atomic bomb strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan's surrender a few days later.
 Japan is now a close ally of the United States, and, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, military ties are getting even closer.

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Takver / Flickr

Last week, we reported on controversies surrounding Australia's tough policies on boat people; now, there's a new one.  Passengers who paid a crew of smugglers to take them to New Zealand say their boat was stopped by an Australian Naval vessel, and each crew member received five thousand dollars cash to take them back to Indonesia.  Details, from Neal Conan, in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Jeremy Weate / Flickr

Some political developments, in two of our Pacific Ocean neighbors.  A freshly re-elected John Momis will be sworn in today for a new term as President in the autonomous region of Bougainville, and one motion of no confidence toppled the prime minister of Vanuatu last week and there could be another  this week. Details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute. 

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Wikipedia Commons

Earlier this month, Australia relocated four refugees to Cambodia; the first, Canberra hopes of many to follow. Australia refuses entry to anyone who tries to come into the country illegally by sea and thousands have been sent to detention camps on small Pacific Islands. The only way out is to go back home, or accept relocation to Cambodia. Details from Neal Conan in the latest Pacific News Minute.  

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