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Indonesia rights commission calls for probe into Papua deaths

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The death toll reaches 43 in Wamena City in Papua, says Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights

People react as a building burns after fresh protests broke out in Wamena on September 23, 2019. - Fresh unrest broke out in Indonesia's restive Papua region on September 23 as protesters burned down a government office and other buildings in Wamena city, according to an AFP reporter. (Photo by Vina Rumbewas / AFP)

Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Ulamona Volcano Observatory staffer Herman Volele says ashfall could affect Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, while regular earthquakes are also occurring near the volcano

ULAWUN. This handout picture taken and received courtesy of local resident Chris Lagisa on October 1, 2019 shows an ash cloud erupting from the Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano. Handout photo by Christopher Lagisa/AFP

Papua unrest death toll hits 26 – Indonesian police

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Papua is gripped by weeks of violent protests fuelled by anger over racism, as well as fresh calls for self-rule in the impoverished territory

PROTESTS. People react as a building burns after fresh protests break out in Wamena on September 23, 2019. Photo by Vina Rumbewas/AFP

Indonesia starts restoring internet access in unrest-hit Papua

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The government says it started lifting the internet blockade in some 29 of 42 districts across Papua late on Wednesday, September 4

PAPUA PEACE. Indonesian activists gather in Surabaya on September 2, 2019, to promote peace in Indonesia's Papua region. File photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia restricts foreigner travel to restive Papua region

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto says they are limiting foreigners entering its easternmost territory – which has popular beach destinations – over safety concerns and to weed out suspected agitators

This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Dozens have been arrested over rioting in the capital of Indonesia's Papua region, police said on September 1, following nearly two weeks of mass protests in the easternmost territory of the Southeast Asian archipelago. Handout / The Indonesian Military / AFP

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Ministry for Immigration and Border security says the remaining 64 migrants on Manus would be transferred to Port Moresby or found homes overseas

MANUS ISLAND. A handout photo taken in late 2016, and obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on June 14, 2017, shows Australia's regional processing center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Handout photo by Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Police in Indonesia's Papua ban 'anarchist' demonstrations after mass protests

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The order comes after police on Sunday, September 1, said dozens had been arrested in connection with rioting in the region's capital

PAPUA. This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Handout photo by Indonesian Military/AFP

Indonesia shuts internet in Papua over unrest fears

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Indonesia slows internet service in recent days to clamp down on hoaxes, provocative comments, and racist abuse targeting Papua's ethnic Melanesian population. It shut down service completely late Wednesday.

Indonesia's Papua hit by fresh unrest as troops deployed

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Jakarta calls for calm in its easternmost territory following riots triggered by the detention of dozens of Papuan students at the weekend

PAPUA UNREST. A burnt-out building is seen in Sorong on August 20, 2019, after it was set on fire by rioting demonstrators. Photo by Arman Namsa/AFP

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Monday's riots are triggered by reports authorities tear-gassed and detained some 43 Papuan university students in Surabaya on Saturday – Indonesia's independence day

RIOTS. Protesters take to the street to face off with Indonesian police in Manokwari, Papua on August 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Local officials say at least 24 people had been killed in Hela province, a rugged region in the west of the country, in a 3-day spasm of violence between rival tribes

JAMES MARAPE. Papua New Guinea's new prime minister, James Marape (C), arrives at the house of Governor-General Bob Dadae to be sworn in as the new leader in Port Moresby on May 30, 2019. Photo by Gorethy Kenneth/AFP

Papua New Guinea police minister says cops plotting his arrest

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Brian Kramer claims he received intelligence reports about a plot by 'high ranking officers' to have him arrested and charged

POLICE FORCE. Papua New Guinea police and soldiers (C) are pictured outside the front of the country's parliament in Port Moresby on November 20, 2018. File photo by AFP

Papua New Guinea deploys army to help volcano emergency

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'We will mobilize the military to go in and assess the situation, and we will dispatch the military to assist on the ground,' says Prime Minister James Marape

ULAWUN. This handout taken and released by Kingsley Kiuwou on June 27, 2019 shows Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano spewing ash into the air. Photo by Kingsley Kiuwou/AFP

Thousands flee erupting Papua New Guinea volcano

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Mount Ulawun – one of the world's most hazardous volcanoes – starts spewing lava and smoke high into the air on Wednesday

MOUNT ULAWUN. This handout from Niugini Helicopters taken and recieved on June 26, 2019 shows Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano spewing lava. Photo by Craig Powell/Niugini Helicopters/AFP

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, sending residents fleeing

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses have reported ash spewing out of the 2,334 meter summit, sending trails spanning high overhead

ULAWUN. Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano, designated one of the world's most hazardous, is seen spewing ash on June 26, 2019, prompting authorities to warn of a possible eruption. Photo by AFP

Powerful Indonesian earthquake felt in Australia

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Indonesia's disaster agency says the tremor was felt in faraway Bali, while residents of the northern Australian city of Darwin also felt the earthquake

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill resigns amid gas deal tensions

May 26, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Peter O'Neill, who had been in power since 2011, hands over the reins to veteran politician Julius Chan, who has twice been prime minister

RESIGNATION. 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

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

Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 remain unaccounted for in the disaster's aftermath

EVACUATION. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Military on March 19, 2019 shows soldiers helping residents to evacuate after the flash floods in Sentani. Handout photo by Indonesian military/AFP

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 89 with dozens missing

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Indonesian government issues a 14-day state of emergency in Papua

INDONESIA FLOODING. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on March 19, 2019 shows a flooded area in Sentani. Handout photo by BNBP/AFP

At least 42 dead in floods in Indonesia's Papua province

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday

Hundreds of students flee violence in Indonesia's Papua

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Subsequent clashes prompt the Nduga district government to evacuate more than 400 students to the neighboring Jayawijaya district

VIOLENCE IN PAPUA. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. File photo by Joseph Situmorang/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

Scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Shocking viral footage emerges online showing an alleged pickpocket screaming hysterically as another officer shouts abuse at a police station in restive Papua province

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Officials are still assessing the impact of the earthquake

Indonesia military finds 16 bodies after Papua massacre

Dec 06, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(UPDATED) The confirmed deaths, believed to be of construction workers, mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked by a low-level independence insurgency

SURVIVOR. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. Photo by Joseph Situmorang/AFP

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Indonesian soldiers are hunting for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province

An Indonesian military ambulance evacuates the body of a soldier in Wamena, Papua province on December 5, 2018, who was killed after coming under rebel gunfire while investigating reports that construction workers had been shot dead by separatist rebels in Nduga. Indonesian soldiers hunted on December 5 for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. Joseph SITUMORANG / AFP

Soldier killed as Indonesia probes mass shooting reports in Papua

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:56 PM

An Indonesian soldier is killed while investigating reports that more than two dozen construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province

Indonesian soldiers prepare coffins for construction workers, believed to have been shot dead, in Wamena in Papua province on December 4, 2018. Indonesia is investigating reports that 31 construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the public works minister said on December 4, as he halted construction in the area. STAF STEEL / 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

8 bodies found in Indonesian plane crash

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Papua military spokesperson Dax Sianturi says the cause of the crash has not been confirmed yet pending an investigation by the national transportation safety committee

SOLE SURVIVOR. A rescue team prepares to evacuate the sole survivor from the crash site of a Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft at Menuk mountain in Oksibil. Photo released by Papua's Cendrawasih Military Command's information unt

Plane carrying 9 people missing in eastern Indonesia

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Search and rescue teams have been deployed but it will take them up to 3 hours to reach the suspected crash site by foot, a police chief says