Papua New Guinea

Crocodile eats boy, 11, in Papua New Guinea

The limbs of an 11-year-old boy have been found inside a huge crocodile and his head discovered nearby after he was attacked in Papua New Guinea, a report said Wednesday.

Life in Papua New Guinea

Janet Kemo Fogodi accused of being a SANGUMA (SORCERER) a victim of a brutal attack on her where a family member tried to murder her in a society that has a Belief in KUMO Witchcraft.

Scenes from Papua New Guinea, where witch-burning and torture are still frighteningly common. Photography by Brendan Esposito. Selected images available from

Study finds 'severe' brutality against women in Papua New Guinea

Amanda, a victim of violence in Papua New Guinea

Women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea suffer "severe brutality" with violence, including savage attacks involving knives, axes and whips, occurring in two-thirds of all families, a new study...

'Black Jesus' hacked to death in Papua New Guinea

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Damien Murphy A self-style Papua New Guinea preacher who led a cannibal cult has been hacked to death outside Madang after he killed a local woman last Thursday while on the run from jail.

O'Neill takes charge of Papua New Guinea

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Ilya Gridneff Peter O'Neill has taken control of Papua New Guinea in what rival Sir Michael Somare supporters described as a "coup."

Papua New Guinea teeters on a wide political fault line

Tribesmen in Hiwanda.

Jo Chandler 'Perhaps there are too many visionaries and dreamers such that no one is there to deal with the reality of life in Papua New Guinea.'

Living in the shadow of a volcano

Danger zone: Matupit villagers in front of Mount Tavurvur volcano near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Tim Barlass When the volcano Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea erupted two weeks ago the locals had good reason to be concerned.

A century on and a sonar blip: has navy found WW1 submarine?

A photo of crew on the submarine AE1, Australia's first naval loss of World War I.

Tim Barlass in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea A navy mine hunter searching for the Australian World War I submarine AE1, missing for 100 years with 35 bodies on board, has reported "a contact of interest'' in the Papua New Guinea search area.

PNG women subjected to horrifying domestic violence

Campaigner: Sophie Mangai is a strong advocate for women's rights in PNG.

Jo Chandler Sophie Mangai, a tall, wiry 60-year-old grandmother and battle-scarred women's rights advocate, leads a protest through downtown Wewak on the Papua New Guinea north coast.

Tibetans get high-altitude gene from extinct human species


Julia Rosen Forget climbing Mount Everest - for most humans, just eking out a living on the harsh Tibetan plateau is challenge enough.

Global Peace Index: Cost of containing violence rising, tops $10 trillion


Lauren Martin Not only is the world is becoming a less peaceful place, but for the first time we know the staggering economic cost of violence: nearly US$10 trillion.

UN representatives criticise Abbott Government's boat tow-back policy

The “policy is working” ... Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended the Australian government's tow-back policy on asylum seeker boats.

Michael Bachelard United Nations representatives have joined the criticism of the Abbott Government's boat tow-back policy and called on Australia to process asylum seekers who reach Australian waters instead of...

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Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off PNG

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck off Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey says.

Life and death in a PNG tin shed

Dr Gunzee Gawin, chief executive, outside Popondetta Hospital.

Mike Steketee ‘Just because we are not solving the problem in its entirety straight away doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.’

Extra: PNG healthcare

Mike Steketee DOCTORS and nurses are gathered around an operating table conducting an emergency caesarian at the general hospital in Popondetta, a 25-minute flight north over the Owen Stanley Range from Port...

Challenge of finding jet debris enormous, say search pilots

Matt O'Sullivan Air force crews rushing to the Indian Ocean to locate suspected debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane face huge challenges in retrieving items, search-and-rescue pilots warn.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: World's best jets fly in to join MH370 search in Indian Ocean


Natalie O'Brien, Anne Davies Two of the fastest and longest-range commercial jets in the country are boosting what is understood to be the largest multinational search mission in Australian history, mounted to find the missing...

Going to extremes: MH370 search area narrowed after satellites spot objects


Lindsay Murdoch in Kuala Lumpur, Melanie Kembrey A French satellite has revealed a new sighting of objects in the Indian Ocean, further raising hopes of finding the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft and unravelling one of the most baffling...

Earthquake hits near Solomon Islands


Saffron Howden A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has hit near the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands hit by second strong earthquake

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck off the Solomon Islands hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey says.