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WEST PAPUA: Deported Benny Wenda was on 'thank you' mission

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:32 am | Pacific Media Centre More >>

Sea Shepherd Calls On Navies To Intercept “Slave” Ship

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:28 am | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Attempted Suicide On Board Poaching Vessel Thunder As Nigeria Strips Registry. Sea Shepherd Calls On Navies To Intercept The “Slave” Ship More >>

Al Jazeera demands the release of two Nigerian journalists

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:57 pm | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera demands the release of their two Nigerian journalists who have been detained in Maiduguri by Nigerian forces since Tuesday morning. More >>

Bollard: Asia-Pacific Growth at a Crossroads

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:45 pm | APEC Media

Wellington, New Zealand, 26 March 2015 – The specter of a prolonged period of lower growth in economies across the Asia-Pacific is prompting policymakers to adapt to major structural changes underway in the region to unlock new sources of growth ... More >>

Malaysia Government backed exhibition of Hindu temples

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:38 pm | Zed Rajan

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, an exhibition supported by Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism & Culture and displaying Hindu temples and gods is touring various cities of Malaysia. More >>

How safe is Germanwings alias Lufthansa?

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:19 pm | Global Travel Industry News

Lufthansa staff are mostly happy parents with frustrated Germanwing kids. Safety has always been a number one priority for Lufthansa, and an excellent safety record together with German efficiency shows this. More >>

Foreign Minister Bishop challenged on Iran visit

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:29 pm | Australian Supporters of Democracy in Iran

Supporters of democracy in Iran today urged Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop to cancel her planned April visit to Tehran because of human rights concerns in Iran and Iraq, and the nuclear negotiations. More >>

Children assaulted at Nabi Saleh demonstration

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:26 pm | International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces arrested three women in Nabi Saleh and injured several protesters, one with live ammunition, during the village’s weekly Friday protest on March 13. More >>

Resistance to the destruction of olive trees in Wadi Qana

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:22 pm | International Solidarity Movement

Tuesday, 17th March 2015, four farmers in the Salfit valley of Wadi Qana were issued with notices that they had 48 hours to remove their olives trees or they would be removed at their own cost. Failure to execute the orders are punishable by imprisonment, ... More >>

Continuing harassment of activists in Palestine

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:17 pm | International Solidarity Movement

On an almost daily basis Israeli forces in Al Khalil harass and arrest local and international human rights activists as they try to do their tasks. The activists document violence towards Palestinians and act as a protective presence around children ... More >>

Ni’lin demonstrators met with senseless violence

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:13 pm | International Solidarity Movement

On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep (which can launch up to ... More >>

Court Orders Wizz Air To Reinstate Dismissed Union Leader

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:05 pm | ITF

The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) today welcomed the decision of Romania’s Ilfov court to order the reinstatement of an unfairly dismissed trade union leader. The court ... More >>

Midwives fight Cyclone Pam fear for gift of life

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:00 pm | UNFPA

Anne Kalo is a delightful lover of life, punctuating her description of birthing four babies including twins and one by emergency cesarean as Cyclone Pam bore down on the flooded Maternity Ward of the Port Vila Central Hospital in the Pacific island ... More >>

Taylor Motion to Serve Sentence in Rwanda Deined

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:50 pm | Special Court for Sierra Leone

Trial Chamber Denies Taylor Motion to Serve His Sentence in Rwanda An RSCSL Trial Chamber has denied in its entirety a motion by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor requesting that the RSCSL terminate the enforcement of his sentence ... More >>

Cnference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:44 pm | TRAFFFIC International

Kasane, Botswana 25 March, 2015  – Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments meeting today in Kasane reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures ... More >>

New Framework for Pacific Regionalism

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:41 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

More than 30 established and emerging Pacific island leaders from Pacific regional organisations and civil society are attending the Pacific Regional Leadership Initiative this week. More >>

Secretary of State John Kerry's Meeting with al-Khatib

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:38 pm | US Department Of State

Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson met today with Moaz al Khatib, former President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition.  Mr. Khatib shared his views on ways to advance a political solution ... More >>

Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:35 pm | US Department Of State

Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but that’s all right. (Laughter.) More >>

Terrorist Designation of Aliaskhab Kebekov

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:32 pm | US Department Of State

The Department of State has designated Russian citizen Aliaskhab Kebekov as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of the ... More >>

Remarks at the of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:30 pm | US Department Of State

I am here today to reaffirm a simple, but powerful principle: that our collective pursuit of global peace, prosperity, and security will only be successful once we break through the economic, political, and social barriers to gender equality. More >>

Remarks at Dinner in Honor of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:27 pm | US Department Of State

Remarks at Dinner in Honor of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah More >>

African Elephant Summit – Where to Next?

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:25 pm | International Fund For Animal Welfare

(Sydney – 25 March, 2015) With the spotlight now on today’s conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana conservationists said while that Tuesday’s African Elephant Summit had shown significant progress by some countries, notably African ... More >>

Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:16 pm | CLG News

PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent ... More >>

Solomon Islands Launches its First Trade Policy Framework

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:14 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

The Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Meg Taylor DBE jointly launched the Solomon Islands National Trade Policy Framework on 18 March 2015. The Framework ... More >>

APTC celebrates students’ achievements

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:10 pm | APTC

Over 100 students graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) with qualifications in 12 specialised technical and vocational programs during the graduation ceremony held at the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Hall, in Apia ... More >>

On-Going Pursuit of Poaching Vessel, Thunder

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:03 pm | Sea Shepherd NZ

Yesterday, the Sea Shepherd ship Sam Simon rendezvoused with fellow Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, at 7 27' South 02 19 West, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second time the vessels have met during the course of Operation Icefish, Sea Shepherd's ... More >>

Strengthening the Partnership of the US and Afganistan

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:01 pm | US Department Of State

During the historic visit to Washington of President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah from March 22 to 25, 2015, U.S. and Afghan officials have reviewed the achievements of the last 13 years and discussed ... More >>

Mexican Army Convoy harrasses Zapatista Good Government

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:57 pm | Chiapas Support Committee

A Mexican Army convoy with trucks, hummers, jeeps and a motorized team harasses Zapatista Good Government Junta More >>

Al Jazeera to host 2016 IPI World Congress

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:54 pm | Al Jazeera

March 24, Doha Qatar – Al Jazeera is proud to announce that it will be hosting the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Doha, Qatar from April 30th to May 3rd, 2016.   The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, ... More >>

Cyber First Scheme Launched

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:49 pm | GCHQ

Cyber First scheme launched to develop the UK's next generation of cyber security experts More >>

TPP leak confirms foreign investors could sue governments

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:19 pm | AFTINET

Trans-Pacific trade (TPP) leak confirms foreign investors could sue over PBS, Medicare, food regulation More >>

Secret TPPA Investment Chapter Released

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:08 pm | Wikileaks

WikiLeaks releases today the "Investment Chapter" from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November ... More >>

ADB Provides $1 Million Grant for Vanuatu

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:19 pm | Asian Development Bank

PORT VILA, VANUATU (25 March 2015) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $1 million emergency grant, as part of a broader $5 million assistance package to the Government of Vanuatu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. More >>

PDP Plots to Write Unit Results at Collation Centres

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:11 pm | Nwaorgu Faustinus

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress [APC] claims credible information in its possession indicates that the PDP, in collusion with the Independent Electoral Commission [INEC], have plotted to ignore the genuine results of polls of most units ... More >>

Human Rights Groups Denounce Chevron CEO

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 7:26 pm | Amazon Watch

San Francisco, CA – More than 35 environmental and human rights groups are denouncing the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's decision to bestow Chevron CEO John Watson with a citizenship award slated to be presented April 2nd at its annual gala. More >>

Qomen Lead Way in Disaster Risk Reduction Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:58 pm | APEC Media

Sendai, Japan, 25 March 2015 – Disaster management and gender agencies from APEC member economies are seeking council from women who have helped to drive reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and other catastrophes to ... More >>

Tribes call on world leaders to recognize right to hunt

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:37 pm | Survival International

Indigenous organizations and thousands of people from around the world have called on delegates attending a major conference on the illegal wildlife trade to recognize tribal peoples’ right to hunt for their survival. More >>

Mozambique’s recently merged energy and resource ministries

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:33 pm | African Press Organisation

EnergyNet will host the 4th Annual Powering Africa Mozambique in Maputo from the 7th-8th May 2015 More >>

Joint Statement on the National Dialogue in Sudan

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:22 pm | U.S. Department of State

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway. More >>

Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in Southern France

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:15 pm | U.S. Department of State

We are saddened by the news that Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in southern France on its way from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 150 people on board. We are reviewing whether ... More >>

Pratt & Smith - The last men hanged for sodomy

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:59 pm | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, searching for work - promising to return by 6pm. He was a labourer and needed a better job. More >>

Water and sanitation services in Melanesia

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:38 pm | CLGF Pacific

The first workshop associated with the Pacific Urban Forum, organized by the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank with UNICEF, UN-Habitat and the Asian Development Bank was held from 23-24 March 2015. More >>

Wall Street losing millions from bad energy loans

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:34 pm |

Oil companies continue to get burned by low oil prices, but the pain is bleeding over into the financial industry. Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some struggling oil companies, but also from buying high-yield debt ... More >>

SPC stands by Pacific Communities to address tuberculosis

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:31 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Noumea, New Caledonia World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally. More >>

Greek National Day

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:23 pm | U.S. Department of State

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Greece on the 194th anniversary of your independence. More >>

Statement on Singapore’s first Prime Minister’s passing

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:19 pm | Think Centre

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was a visionary who inspired a team of exceptional men and a whole generation of Singaporeans to modernize and develop the country. They made Singapore relevant to the rest of the world by plugging the country into the global economy ... More >>

A glass of milk for every child – Asia

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:13 pm | FAO

A glass of milk for every child – Asia’s dairy farmers aim to boost production, livelihoods and nutrition More >>

HIV/AIDS prevention trainig for Asia Pacific maritime cadets

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:09 pm | ITF

An ITF module on the prevention of HIV/AIDS has been included for the first time in maritime cadet training in the Asia Pacific region, as part of the federation’s global drive to build knowledge in all the major seafarer supply countries. More >>

Business empowers marginalised women more than charity

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:02 pm | Public Good Relations

Social entrepreneurs of Matr Boomie bring dignity to India's women, fashion to the West More >>

Mass on cruise ship following Tunis terror attacks

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 8:43 pm | Apostleship of the Sea

A Mass was celebrated on Saturday, March 21, in Marseille on board the cruise ship Costa Fascinosa after five passengers from the vessel were killed in the Tunis terrorist attack. More >>

The European role is essential in holding Israel accountable

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 8:30 pm | PLO

Dr. Ashrawi: “The European role is essential in holding Israel accountable and ending the military occupation” More >>

Remarks With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 8:21 pm | U.S. Department of State

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. On behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the entire Administration and my fellow secretaries, we are very, very pleased to welcome Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, and ... More >>

Papuan Police Chief says KNPB should be banned

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 4:02 pm | The Australia West Papua Association

The Papuan Police Chief, Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende said that the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) should be banned, as it is not an official organisation, it's an underground organisation. More >>

Toxic waste: Human Rights Expert to Visiit Kazakhstan

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 3:13 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA / ASTANA (23 March 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak will visit Kazakhstan from 26 March to 8 April 2015 to assess the country’s human rights record regarding the management of hazardous substances and wastes. More >>

Impact of China’s Carbon Policies on Buisness

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 3:04 pm | IISD

BEIJING—23 March 2015—Seismic policy shifts are underway in China as it transitions toward a lower-carbon, more resource efficient economy, according to a series of new reports by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). More >>

HWPL Builds The Bridge To Peace In Fiji

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 9:54 am | HWPL

Suva, Fiji- On March 21st, the Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office Meeting was held at Fiji National University (FNU) in Suva, for the first time in Fiji and the second time in Oceania following North America, Latin America, Asia and South Africa. ... More >>

ACI Airport Service Quality Award Ceremony in Jordan

Monday, 23 March 2015, 10:08 pm | Airports Council International

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly will Host ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award Ceremony Next Month in Jordan More >>

Marlborough Book Festival 2015 programme announced

Monday, 23 March 2015, 10:04 pm | Marlborough Book Festival

One of New Zealand’s most beloved authors, Marlborough Living Treasure Joy Cowley, is coming to the Marlborough Book Festival this July. Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Marlborough readers and writers festival, which will be held from ... More >>

Continuing harassment of activists in Palestine

Monday, 23 March 2015, 10:01 pm | International Solidarity Movement

On an almost daily basis Israeli forces in Al Khalil harass and arrest local and international human rights activists as they try to do their tasks. The activists document violence towards Palestinians and act as a protective presence around children ... More >>

Cholera coalition urges support for water in Haiti

Monday, 23 March 2015, 8:58 pm | WHO

PAHO/WHO and partners in the Regional Coalition to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola welcome new support to improve water and sanitation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic More >>


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