$2 billion drug bust, 13 charged in Fiji

Thirteen people have been charged in relation to the seizure of more than four tonnes of methamphetamine in Nadi, Fiji, following consultation with the Office of the Director

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Woman arrested over alleged PNG drug smuggling plot

A Chinese woman arrested over an alleged $15 million drug smuggling plot has been associated with businesses that have reportedly received payments from an Australian government-funded refugee programme in Papua New

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One in three U.S. Asians and Pacific Islanders faced racial abuse this year

Despite ongoing advocacy and legislation to combat anti-Asian racism that arose after the pandemic, about a third of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders say they have experienced an act of abuse based on their race or

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New York man caught smuggling butterflies from Solomon Islands

A New York man from Long Island was charged Tuesday with smuggling more than US$200,000 worth of wildlife in and out of the Solomon Islands. This included deceased butterflies known as “birdwings,” which are known

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Australia-owned Pacific Telco likely exploited by private spies

An Australian-owned mobile phone operator in the Pacific Islands, Digicel Pacific, has likely been used by private spy firms to track people on the other side of the world and steal their data, according to an expert

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Lethal force to be used by PNG Police

Papua New Guinea police will be able to use lethal force to deal with crimes that come under Domestic Terrorism through the amendments to the Criminal Code Act. Police Commissioner David Manning said this as the

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Researcher examines criminal deportations to the Cook Islands

Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) last week hosted assisting researcher Henrietta McNeill, a PhD Candidate with the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU)

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‘No entry’: Fiji government warns New Zealand criminal gangs

New Zealanders linked to criminal groups and trying to enter Fiji have been warned they will be turned away at the Fijian border. A Kiwi, with Fijian connections, was refused entry at Nadi Airport last week after border

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Researchers held hostage in PNG released

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, has said all hostages taken by a Papua New Guinean criminal gang have been released, including an Australian academic, and will be reunited with their families.

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Stop urban drift, says PNG Govt

Papua New Guinea deputy Prime Minister John Rosso says the Government is looking at re-introducing the Vagrancy Act to curb the rise in crime and lawlessness in urban centres around the country. Rosso was responding in

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PACIFICi Portal to assist investigative anti-corruption efforts

With the Pacific Island region increasingly impacted by organised transnational crime, international drug and people smuggling, money laundering and corruption, a new web-based investigative tool, PACIFICi, is set to

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Pacific Islands increasingly used as crime transit point, experts say 

The Pacific islands are increasingly being used as a transit point for transnational crime, including drug trafficking and money laundering, experts say. Criminal organisations from Asia and the Americas are exploiting

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