Papua New Guinea

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.

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.

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

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.'

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.

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands; tsunami warning cancelled

A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to US government agencies, and there were no...

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...

Inquiry into Manus Island asylum seekers' rights

A Papua New Guinea judge will on Monday begin an inquiry into whether asylum seekers' human rights are being adhered to under the Pacific island nation's constitution.

US spying on our neighbours through embassies

Philip Dorling The United States is tapping telephones and monitoring communications networks from electronic surveillance facilities in US embassies and consulates across east and south-east Asia, according to...

Undercover journalists publish firsthand account of asylum seeker journey to Australia

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Rick Feneley An undercover journalist has detailed how he and a photographer posed as asylum seekers and took an epic journey from Afghanistan's shady currency markets to Jakarta and on to a flimsy, open-decked...

United Nations warns Australia about asylum seeker boat push-backs

Asylum seeker boat

The UN refugee agency has warned that Australia could be breaking international law, amid reports that it pushed back to Indonesia boats carrying asylum-seekers.

Hard line asylum stance won't stop them leaving, but may stop them arriving

Ben Doherty Australia's new “hardline” refugee resettlement policy will not stop young men in Sri Lanka boarding boats to seek asylum, but it may stop them from trying to come to Australia.

Indonesia threatens military action against protest flotilla

the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua hit the water and began its epic journey to Cape York and across the Torres Strait, bound for West Papua.

Today’s launch comprised a fleet of 5 yachts, 9 kayaks, 3 sailing dingies and a catamaran which departed Marlin Marina to a chorus of “Papua Merdeka” (Free West Papua). So far two boats are confirmed to be undertaking the historic journey to West Papua however additional vessels are sailing in solidarity through Australian waters.

A crowd of 120 including local Indigenous peoples, West Papuans, Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch, Greens Candidate Johanna Kloot, Maritime Union of Australia members, along with activists and musicians from around the country gathered for the send off.

Michael Bachelard The Indonesian government has threatened to deploy its navy and air force against a group of Australian protesters planning to sail from Queensland to the controversial province of West Papua.

Australia won't help flotilla activists, Carr says

Michael Bachelard Foreign minister Bob Carr has made it clear that Australia would entirely abandon the activists on the Freedom Flotilla protest boats if they are caught and tried by either Papua New Guinea or...

Kokoda Track aid projects lose their way

Kokoda Track

Rory Callinan The goats and poultry were supposedly eaten. The fish for the aquaculture venture never turned up even though a pond was dug.