Prime Minister Scott Morrison says more AFP staff will be sent to Solomon Islands as calm returns

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says more Australian federal police are being sent to the Solomon Islands, and although things are unstable, there has been no “loss of control”. Key points: Morrison has been in talks with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over further assistance An early estimate of the damage showed that 56 buildings … Read more

Solomon Islands riots leave three people dead in Honiara Chinatown, police say

Solomon Islands police say three bodies have been discovered in a burnt-out building in the capital Honiara, the first reported deaths after days of riots. Key points: Several bodies have been found in the charred remains of shops in Honiara’s Chinatown A peacekeeping force of more than 100 Australian crews has been deployed to the … Read more

What powers and immunities will Australian forces have while stationed in the Solomon Islands?

Australia puts troops on the ground in the Solomon Islands after violent protests broke out in the Pacific nation. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australian federal police and defense forces are there to provide “security and stability” but not to interfere in the country’s internal affairs. A bilateral security treaty between the two countries … Read more

The leader of the Solomon Islands blames foreign powers in the midst of unrest

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday blamed foreign interference in his government’s decision to shift alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days. But critics also blamed the unrest on complaints about lack of public services and … Read more