South Pacific

Fiji prays for peacekeepers

Hundreds light candles and pray for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers seized in Syria.

Fiji soldiers 'unharmed'

An al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel group has this morning tweeted a picture of at least 38 of the 44 Fiji soldiers they are holding prisoner

PNG volcano quietens

PNG's volcano is spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appears to be subsiding.

Volcano erupts in PNG

Residents near an erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea are waiting to see if they need to evacuate.

Rights group probes video

A graphic video in which castaway fishermen are murdered on the high seas is yielding information on the killers.

Refugees 'live like animals' in Nauru

BEN DOHERTY - Sydney Morning Herald

More than 50 refugees resettled from Australian care on Nauru say they are contemplating mass suicide.

Police investigated after death


Fiji police investigated after authorities reveal gruesome details of how a prisoner died while being held in police custody.

Fiji's 'sudoku-like' voting papers


Fiji's planned democracy-restoring elections next month are sliding into crisis.

Gunshot victim recovers at home

Cathy Franzoi

Woman shot in Papua New Guinea is slowly getting back into normal life, with help.

Fiji investigates shooting video

Fishermen being shot near Fiji

Fiji police are investigating a video said to show the murder of castaways on the South Pacific high seas.

Horror on high seas?

Fishermen being shot near Fiji

A video that appears to show fishermen being murdered at sea has been posted on YouTube.

FBI helps with body in bag case

Heather Mack

The woman killed in Bali died from asphyxiation after a blow to the nose, autopsy shows.

Shot woman counts blessings

cathy franzoi

Woman bears no malice against shooter who fired bullet that hit her as she slept in PNG.

Jury's out on Clark

Helen Clark

Helen Clark, ex-NZ leader, remains quiet on the possibility of taking on the job of UN secretary-general.

US trip to help 'rebalance' Asia-Pacific

john kerry strap

In the first visit by a US secretary of state to the Solomon Islands, John Kerry has highlighted historic ties.

NZer shot in PNG

Waihi Beach mum Cathy Franzoi is recovering in Cairns Hospital, Queensland.

Kiwi woman recovering in Australian hospital after being hit by a "stray bullet" in Papua New Guinea.

Pitiful cries ignored

Hans Dalton

Mentally ill Auckland man spent last hours in a Samoan jail crying out for his wife and children before being murdered.

Jeers at rally


Auckland reception for Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama featured heavy security.

Bainimarama arrives in NZ

frank bainimarama

Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama has slipped into Auckland tonight.

Pacific leaders back NZ's UN bid

Murray McCully

New Zealand's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council has received a boost.