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India forges diplomatic ties with ‘Wi-Fi nation’


September 4th, 2012 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Niue? What's new? Last week, India quietly established formal diplomatic relations with Niue, a South Pacific island of 1,400 inhabitants, which is better known ... Read more...

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UN support: India to seek Pacific island nations’ support


August 28th, 2012 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) As New Delhi renews its bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, India is looking to deepen its relations with the 16-nation ... Read more...

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Fiji courts China to Indian community’s dismay (Comment)


August 15th, 2010 - 10:01 am ICT by IANS
By Mohan Balaji Shunned by others for failing to establish democratic rule, Fiji is actively courting China, much to the dismay of its large Indian community.Fiji's and China's mutual attractions are understandable. Fiji ... Read more...

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Fiji military chief says he might delay promised elections


July 13th, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 13 (DPA) Fiji's military strongman, Voreqe Bainimarama, said Tuesday that he might postpone elections he promised to hold in 2014 because of what he called constant interference in his country's ... Read more...

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Pacific tit-for-tat on cards after Fiji expels diplomats


November 4th, 2009 - 8:20 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Nov 4 (DPA) Relations between Fiji's military government and its biggest South Pacific neighbours Australia and New Zealand were poised to worsen Wednesday after the island state expelled their senior diplomats. New ... Read more...

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Australian FM to use five-day visit to enhance ties with India


October 12th, 2009 - 3:59 pm ICT by ANI
Canberra/New Delhi, Oct.12 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith will undertake a five-day visit of India from October 12 to October 16.In a statement released ahead of his visit, Smith said that ... Read more...

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Oz Govt. to provide 8-mn dollars to fund Australia India Institute


August 7th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Aug 7 (ANI): Australia's Minister for Education Julia Gillard today announced that the Government will provide more than eight million dollars (Australian) to fund a new Australia India Institute at the ... Read more...

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India sees its engagement with Pacific region as extension of its ‘Look East Policy’


August 7th, 2009 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
Cairns (Australia), Aug 7 (ANI): Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on Friday said that India sees its engagement with the Pacific region as an extension of its Look East ... Read more...

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Pacific Forum leaders slam door on Fiji


August 6th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 6 (DPA) Leaders gathered in Australia for the annual Pacific Islands Forum Thursday endorsed Fiji's suspension from the 16-member grouping and called for concerted action on climate change at ... Read more...

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Fiji to be fully suspended from Commonwealth: New Zealand


July 29th, 2009 - 12:28 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 29 (Xinhua) New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said Wednesday that Fiji would be fully suspended from the Commonwealth. McCully, who was on his way to London for a meeting ... Read more...

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Ahead of Krishna’s visit, Australia assures safety of Indian students


July 22nd, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
By Manish Chand Phuket (Thailand), July 22 (IANS) Ahead of Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's visit to Australia Aug 5, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith Wednesday assured him that his government ... Read more...

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Fiji’s neighbours disagree on how to deal with its military regime


May 19th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 19 (DPA) Differences among Fiji's Pacific neighbours over how to deal with the island's military regime emerged Tuesday following top-level talks between New Zealand and Tonga. Tongan Prime Minister Feleti ... Read more...

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Fiji extends emergency and media censorship for a month (Lead)


May 4th, 2009 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 4 (DPA) Fiji's military regime is extending emergency regulations, which include media censorship and a ban on political meetings, for another month, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Monday. The extension ... Read more...

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Fiji calls suspension from Pacific Islands Forum ‘regrettable’


May 3rd, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 3 (Xinhua) Fiji has described its suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) as "regrettable" as it was done without formal notification and despite its willingness to engage with the ... Read more...

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Fiji hopes against suspension from regional bloc


April 29th, 2009 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS
Suva, April 29 (Xinhua) Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Wednesday said the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) might not suspend his country from the grouping in the wake of its failure to announce ... Read more...

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Fiji strongman gets honour for service to humanity


April 24th, 2009 - 12:32 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, April 24 (DPA) Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama, who took control in a coup 29 months ago, was Friday given one of the Pacific island nation's highest awards for service to ... Read more...

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Fiji’s military regime tightens hold on power


April 17th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 17 (DPA) Fiji's military regime strengthened its grip on power Friday with the swearing-in of the interim indigenous affairs minister and former military forces commander as vice president, said news ... Read more...

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Fiji faces expulsion from Commonwealth


April 14th, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
Wellington, Apr 14 (ANI): Commonwealth secretary-general's special envoy to Fiji Sir Paul Reeves has said that the island nation faces expulsion from the Commonwealth.Fiji is likely to be suspended from the Commonwealth, ... Read more...

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Military coup was illegal, rules Fiji court


April 9th, 2009 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, April 9 (DPA) Fiji's Court of Appeal Thursday ruled that the military coup that ousted an elected government in December 2006 was illegal, according to reports from the capital Suva. The court ... Read more...

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Oz PM Rudd’s ill behaviour linked to iron deficiency


April 5th, 2009 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Apr 5 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd's ill behaviour with a flight stewardess on a VIP flight from the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby in January has been ... Read more...

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Oz PM apologises for making stewardess cry over in flight meal


April 3rd, 2009 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Apr 3 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has apologised for behaving badly to a RAAF female flight attendant when he did not get the food he wanted on a ... Read more...

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Fiji Indian politician targeted as election is stalled


March 16th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI
Suva (Fiji), Mar.16 (ANI): A pro-democracy Fiji Indian politician Attar Singh had rocks thrown at his house and cars at the weekend. According to a New Zealand Press Association report, politically ... Read more...

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New Zealand PM to auction arm cast for charity


January 29th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Jan 29 (Xinhua) A cast worn by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on his broken arm will be auctioned for charity, New Zealand media reported Thursday. Key said Wednesday that ... Read more...

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Fiji rejects demand for further sanctions


January 28th, 2009 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Jan 28 (Xinhua) Fiji has rejected the need for further sanctions as resolved against it by Pacific Islands Forum leaders, saying the country was not in crisis and was determined to ... Read more...

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Fiji deports another newspaper publisher


January 27th, 2009 - 11:50 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Jan 27 (DPA) Fiji's military regime deported a third Australian newspaper publisher Tuesday as Pacific island leaders met to decide whether to expel the country from the region's main political and ... Read more...

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Pacific leaders give Fiji election ultimatum


August 21st, 2008 - 9:20 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Aug 21 (DPA) Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum gave Fiji military strongman Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama an ultimatum Thursday to hold democratic elections by next March or face suspension from the ... Read more...

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New Zealand premier likens Fiji to Zimbabwe


August 20th, 2008 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Aug 20 (DPA) New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said Wednesday the situation in Fiji, whose military ruler has boycotted a regional summit meeting, was like Zimbabwe in the lead-up ... Read more...

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Fiji military strongman tightens grip, boycotts regional summit


August 18th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
DPA Wellington, Aug 18 (DPA) Fiji's military strongman, Voreqe Bainimarama, tightened his grip on the South Pacific island state Monday and announced he would boycott a regional summit where he was expected to ... Read more...

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New Zealand lifts ban on Fiji strongman Bainimarama


August 13th, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
DPA Wellington, Aug 13 (DPA) New Zealand will lift a ban on Fiji's military strongman Frank Bainimarama next week so that he can face criticism at a meeting where regional leaders are expected ... Read more...

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