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Peters asked to appeal to Jakarta

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters was being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua. The call from West Papua Action in Auckland came amid reports of up to 1300 people being held hostage in two villages near Timika. Indonesian authorities claimed the people were being held by an armed wing of the Free Papua Movement, but that group had denied this.

Parliament endorses amendment

The Samoa Parliament has endorsed a constitutional amendment that may extend the term in office of the head of state from five to ten years. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said this came after the former head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was not re-elected after two five year terms.

Leave no one behind campaign

Papua New Guinea's focus for the 20 Days of Human Rights Activism was on trying to curb gender-based violence and sexual violence. PNG's focus for the 20 Days of Human Rights Activism was on trying to curb gender-based violence and sexual violence. Co-ordinator of the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, Marcia Kalinoe, said the campaign theme was 'Leave No One Behind: Together For Justice'.

Plans for medical facility

Part of a once-thriving mall in the Northern Marianas could be restored as a medical facility. A California-based investor had expressed interest in giving the blighted property a makeover.

Under the proposal, the company planned to turn the section called Fiesta II into a medical facility complete with an urgent care section, an ambulatory surgery center and a medical spa.

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