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Assessment teams deployed after massive Papua New Guinea quake

Kokopo - Papua New Guinea dispatched assessment teams Wednesday to get a full picture of the damage caused by a violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck an island chain off the north coast overnight.

7.5 magnitude quake rattles residents on Papua New Guinea island

Kokopo - A violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck an island chain off the north coast of Papua New Guinea late Tuesday, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for safety.

Papua New Guinea PM plays down leadership challenge

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's embattled prime minister insisted he still had the backing of his party Monday and can avoid being turfed out of office in a vote of no confidence.

Op-Ed: Who’s afraid of China’s Belt and Road? Guess

Sydney - Superficial analysis of China is easy. They’re communists. Everything they do is therefore wrong and a threat to “us”, whoever that is these days. So when a big initiative like the New Silk Road, aka the Belt and Road, comes along, it’s tricky.

Papua New Guinea's men-only parliament eyes seats for women

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea is considering making its currently all-male legislature more representative, by creating parliamentary seats reserved for women.

Independence vote delayed for Papua New Guinea's Bougainville

Port Moresby - A referendum that could lead to statehood for the troubled south Pacific Island of Bougainville has been delayed until the end of the year, top officials meeting in Port Moresby agreed Friday.

Papua New Guinea recovers 'APEC Maseratis', other cars still missing

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has recovered 40 Maserati cars that vanished after being controversially purchased for a recent APEC summit in the impoverished nation, but other vehicles bought for the event remain missing.

From arrows to M16s: PNG tribal fights get ever deadlier

Port Moresby - Tribes in Papua New Guinea's rough and rugged highlands have fought each other for centuries, but a recent influx of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.

Papua New Guinea scrambles to vaccinate as polio returns

Mount Hagen - Decades after polio was eradicated from Papua New Guinea, the crippling and sometimes deadly disease has returned, leaving doctors scrambling to revive long-lapsed vaccination programmes.

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

Port Moresby - As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles.

PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea police and soldiers stormed the country's parliament Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture and demanding unpaid APEC bonuses just days after the international summit wrapped up, police and witnesses said.

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

Port Moresby - The annual meeting of leaders from the 21 Asian-Pacific countries produced little in the way of concrete results, but plenty of fireworks on the sidelines.

Police called on diplomats as APEC summit tensions boil over

Port Moresby - Police were called when Chinese officials attempted to "barge" into the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over.

Divided APEC leaders battle for unity after US, China spat

Port Moresby - Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific nations battled to paper over gaping differences Sunday after an unusually sharp exchange of words between the group's two most powerful members, the United States and China.

Pence pulls U-turn, will stay overnight in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby - In a last-minute U-turn, US Vice President Mike Pence will spend the night in Papua New Guinea where he is attending a regional summit, changing plans to fly in and out of Australia which had led to complaints of a lack of committment.

US, China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Port Moresby - China and the US crossed swords Saturday ahead of an APEC summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.

Pelt and road: Tribal welcome for Xi in PNG

Port Moresby - Sporting parrot feathers, possum pelts and seashell necklaces, dozens of people from various tribes in Papua New Guinea serenaded China's president on Friday as he opened a new Chinese-funded road in the poor Pacific Island nation.

APEC summit host urges respect for trade rules

Port Moresby - The leader of Papua New Guinea, host of this year's APEC summit, Friday urged respect for international trade rules by "countries large and small" as spats between the US and China threatened to overshadow the gathering.

US, China clash over WTO at Asia-Pacific meeting

Port Moresby - A bid by Washington to use an upcoming APEC summit to pillory the World Trade Organization has left member states deeply divided on the eve of leaders' arrivals.

'Will APEC make us rich?' Summit confuses PNG hosts

Port Moresby - As Papua New Guinea prepares to make its international summit hosting debut, there are lingering concerns about whether one of the Pacific's poorest countries can afford the cost, and if it is able to take advantage of its time in the sun.
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