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NEWS FROM ISLANDS

Pacific specifics

Oceania [island life]

In Vanuatu, charges are pending against a government minister for allegedly orchestrating an assault on a newspaper publisher. Harry Iauko, the public utilities minister, is accused of having led a group into the Port Vila offices of the Daily Post and standing over publisher Marc Neil-Jones as he was beaten. Neil-Jones was assaulted two years previously by policemen unhappy with his newspaper’s coverage.

In French Polynesia, meanwhile, pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru has been appointed…

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