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Powerful earthquake rattles residents on Papua New Guinea island

May 14, 2019 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The shallow quake occurs 44 kilometers northeast of Kokopo in PNG, the US Geological Survey says

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, no early damage reports

May 07, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The quake strikes 33 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Bulolo at 2119 GMT according to the US Geological Survey, and is felt in Port Moresby about 250 kilometers away

Papua New Guinea PM faces no confidence vote

May 03, 2019 - 2:54 PM

O'Neill – who is expected to face a vote of no confidence as early as next week – suffers the loss of his defense, health and forest ministers adding to an already long list of high-profile defections

NO CONFIDENCE VOTE? Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks at the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Home to as many as 50,000, Hanuabada has become synonymous with a small but thriving gay, lesbian and transgender community in Port Moresby

FABULOUS. This photo taken on November 15, 2018 shows 24-year-old gay man Kapera Patrick posing for photographs outside his home in Hanuabada, a settlement in Port Moresby. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

PNG pledges to pay police APEC allowances after rampage

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Government ministers meet with the protesters late Tuesday, November 20, and agree to pay the APEC allowance plus an additional bonus to all local personnel

AFTER APEC. Papua New Guinea police and soldiers (C) are pictured in front of the country's parliament in Port Moresby on November 20, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A witness outside parliament says 'hundreds of police and troops' are standing on the building's front steps complaining that they have not been paid a special APEC duty allowance of 350 kina (US$104)

AFTER APEC. This file photo taken on November 5, 2018 shows Papua New Guinea police on parade in Port Moresby, the host city for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. File photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

APEC's future in doubt after costly summit failure

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:23 PM

The gathering was almost 5 years in the making, cost untold millions of US dollars and required the deployment of at least one battleship and 3 cruise liners

COSTLY. Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending the APEC summit in its crime-plagued capital this week. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

During the 26th APEC Summit, leaders fail to agree on a formal written declaration, but plenty of fireworks were seen on the sidelines

WORLD LEADERS. Leaders pose for a photo with other leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries prior to the start of the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with APEC leaders at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Cops called as Chinese delegates at APEC 'try to barge in'

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Sources say the Chinese delegates tried to enter the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister in a bid to influence a summit draft communique

SUMMIT. Leaders hold a session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

APEC leaders divided after U.S., China spat

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(4th UPDATE) For the first time in the history of the APEC grouping, leaders were unable to agree on a formal written declaration amid sharp differences over trade policy

APEC SUMMIT. (L-R) Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, China's President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam wave with (back row L to R) Mexico's Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (hidden behind Trudeau), Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Taiwan's representative Morris Chang (hidden behind Widodo) as they pose for a "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Duterte changes plans, decides to finish APEC Summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'Narito, hindi naman umuwi kagabi. He wants to attend the meeting,' says Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the International Monetary Fund Informal Dialogue with Leaders at the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea on November 18, 2018. Screenshot from RTVM

Pence says U.S. to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australia, which has long-standing military ties with the US, has already announced plans to redevelop PNG's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island

APEC. US Vice President Mike Pence delivers his keynote speech at the CEO Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on November 17, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Philippines, Papua New Guinea ink deal on agriculture cooperation

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says Filipino farmers will be sent to Papua New Guinea to plant rice

DEAL. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and Papuan Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Joint Rice Development Project between the Republic of the Philippines and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea in a ceremony at the Pacific Adventists University in Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

U.S., China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Representatives from both countries duel in back-to-back speeches at a pre-APEC business forum

Duterte to Papua New Guinea: Don't let multinational firms take over

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Himself sensitive when foreign leaders comment on Philippine domestic affairs, President Rodrigo Duterte dishes advise to PNG officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to their bilateral meeting at the Premier Village in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 9, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

APEC summit: The Xi show by the sea shore

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Papua New Guinea is this week's host of the APEC summit, but looking around Port Moresby you could easily mistake that it is China's Xi Jinping who is calling the shots.

This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows a guard (R) standing by a newly built Chinese-style gate at the hotel where Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation will stay, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.  Saeed KHAN / AFP

Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea capital for APEC meet

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:19 AM

About 4,000 military personnel, around half of them foreign, will work with hundreds of police to patrol Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday, attracting representatives from 21 nations

APEC PREPS. This photo taken on November 4, 2018 shows the Australian warship HMAS Adelaide moored off APEC Haus in Port Moresby ahead of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

Papua New Guinea mulls 'temporary' ban on Facebook

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Communications Minister Sam Basil also considers replacing Facebook with a local social networking platform alternative

Strong aftershock as aid starts reaching quake-hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Aid has yet to reach isolated parts of the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces, with landslides, ruined roads and dozens of aftershocks hampering efforts

AFTERMATH. A handout photo taken on March 6, 2018 and received on March 7 from the International Federation of Red Cross shows Red Cross personnel speaking to local people outside their damaged house at Kar in Papua New Guinea. AFP PHOTO / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS

Papua New Guinea earthquake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes – Red Cross

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The recovery effort is slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior

HELP FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA. An undated handout photo received on March 5 from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Oil Search Ltd./ AFP

Quake-hit PNG struggles to assess damage

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Papua New Guinea struggled to assess the damage from a massive earthquake which has forced oil and gas fields to close in a blow to the economy

MAJOR DAMAGE. This photo taken on February 27, 2018 and received on February 28 shows damage to a road near Mendi in Papua New Guinea's highlands region after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. Melvin Levongo/AFP

PNG police end standoff with refugees at Australia camp

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton accuses refugees and their advocates of making 'inaccurate and exaggerated claims of violence and injuries' during the police operation

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

PNG police start evicting refugees from Australia camp – detainees

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Authorities try to end a standoff that has drawn world attention to Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

UN calls on Australia to stop 'humanitarian emergency' at PNG refugee camp

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:07 PM

The United Nations calls on Australia to stop a 'humanitarian emergency' unfolding at a detention center in Papua New Guinea

RESISTING. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

ICTSI makes move into Papua New Guinea

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The listed port operator enters the Oceania market as its subsidiaries sign deals to run international ports in Motukea and Lae

FRESH NICHE. ICTSI says its subsidiaries signed two 25-year agreements with state-owned PNG Ports Corporation Limited to operate international ports in Motukea and Lae. File photo

Asylum detainees awarded $56-M in Australia class action

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Asylum seekers and refugees held in a remote Pacific camp are awarded Aus 70 million 56 million for being illegally detained and treated negligently

In this file photo, asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Friday, March 21, 2014. Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS/AFP

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms – UN

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The death on Manus Island of a 28 year old Iranian refugee highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people there the UN Refugee Agency says

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014.  Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS via AFP

O'Neill sworn in as Papua New Guinea prime minister

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:42 PM

A coalition led by O Neill s People s National Congress secures 60 seats in the 111 seat parliament local reports say with 5 still to be counted

PETER O'NEILL. This handout photo taken and received on August 2, 2017, shows Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (L) signing his oath of office before Governor-General Bob Dadae (R) in Port Moresby.  Photo by the Office of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea/ AFP

Asylum-seekers in Australia win multimillion dollar payout

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Detainees at an Australian asylum seeker camp in Papua New Guinea win millions of dollars in compensation for degrading and cruel treatment

SEEKING NEW LIFE. In this file photo, asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014. Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS

Australia declares game-up for 'fake refugees'

May 21, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk to an impossible new low with the decision

17 shot dead in Papua New Guinea prison breakout – reports

May 15, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Inmates from the Buimo jail in the Pacific nation s second largest city Lae make a dash for freedom after breaking out of their compound on Friday with prison warders opening fire

Papua New Guinea to probe 'drunk rampage' at Australia refugee camp

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:10 PM

PNG police announced an investigation into the unrest at the Manus Island facility an offshore processing centre reopened in 2012 to detain people who try to enter Australia by boat

MANUS ISLAND FACILITY. This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Rescued Filipino fisherman back home after 58-day sea ordeal

Mar 30, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Rolando Omongos 21 recounts an astonishing tale of survival 3 weeks after his rescue by a Japanese fishing vessel near Papua New Guinea

HOME. Filipino fisherman Rolando Omongos, 21, arrives at the Manila International Airport on March 29, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Filipino rescued in Papua New Guinea after 56 days adrift – report

Mar 25, 2017 - 9:12 AM

The fisherman and his uncle reportedly left General Santos City in January but hit bad weather and were swept out to sea The pair had no food and the survivor s uncle died

I'm not rich, but I'm setting off for my year-long trip abroad

Feb 26, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Here are a few very practical tips to make long term travel a reality – even if you aren t made of money These will help you manage everyday realities as well as the emotional impact of an extended trip away from the familiar

Currently revisiting places in the Philippines with the travel buddy. All photos provided by Jona Bering

Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

Jan 22, 2017 - 1:23 PM

UPDATED A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

7.9-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami threat over

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:47 PM

The earthquake struck 60 km to the east of Taron New Ireland at 8 51 pm local time 1051 GMT at a depth of some 75 km

Papua New Guinea says Australia agrees to close immigration camp

Aug 17, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Both Papua New Guinea and Australia are in agreement that the center is to be closed

Nauru says refugee abuse claims fabricated

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

The release of more than 2 000 leaked reports of incidents on Nauru detailing allegations of widespread abuse and self harm including children wanting to kill themselves have sparked new calls for a parliamentary inquiry

Pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

Demands grow for inquiry into Australia refugee abuse

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:09 PM

Photographs published in Australian media on the weekend showed two bloodied Afghan men after they were allegedly attacked with an iron bar by locals on Papua New Guinea s Manus Island

Student killed in attack at Papua New Guinea university

Jun 26, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The attack on this young man was an act of brutality and an innocent life has been lost says Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O Neill

PROTESTS. This phto shows the remains of a burnt building section after it was set alight during violent clashes at the University of Technology in Lae. Photo courtesy of Albert Schram/AFP

Court action to quell student protest in Papua New Guinea

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:30 AM

A court in Papua New Guinea grants an injunction preventing students from protesting on campus with the country on high alert after violent clashes in the capital

This handout file photo provided by the PNGFM News taken on June 8, 2016 shows police officers (L) blocking the way of students as they start to march from the University of the Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. PNGFM News/AFP

Papua New Guinea police open fire on protesting students

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:26 AM

3RD UPDATE Reports in Australian media that four people had been killed are denied Amnesty International meanwhile says it has information that 38 people are injured including four in critical condition