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Iranian refugee 'free' after six years in Australian detention camp

Wellington - An Iranian asylum seeker and award-winning author held in an offshore Australian detention camp for more than six years said Thursday he had arrived in New Zealand, and was celebrating "freedom".

Tears, hope as foes reconcile before Bougainville independence vote

Once-sworn enemies in Bougainville's cruel decade-long civil war are holding a series of reconciliation ceremonies, hoping shared tears and apologies can bury the past ahead of a landmark vote on the region's independence from Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea PM to get Bentley from APEC summit

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's prime minister will get a Bentley and MPs will receive a host of other luxury vehicles paid for by taxpayers for an Asia-Pacific summit, officials have said.

Papua New Guinea shutters polluting Chinese plant

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea said Thursday it had ordered the indefinite closure of a multi-billion dollar Chinese-owned nickel facility that spewed potentially toxic red slurry into the sea.

Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Kokopo - Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano erupted early Tuesday, sending a column of red lava shooting up into the sky and forcing the evacuation of recently returned residents.

Bougainville set to hold long-awaited independence referendum

Port Moresby - The war-ravaged Pacific island of Bougainville will hold a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea later this year, authorities said Friday, a vote that caps a decades-long peace process and is tipped to create the world's newest nation.

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea on Monday took a significant step toward shutting down island refugee camps that have become synonymous with Australia's much-condemned immigration policies.

Papua New Guinea asks for millions to avoid budget cliff

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has asked Australia for hundreds of millions of dollars in direct budget support, as the impoverished Melanesian nation tries to prop up shaky public finances.

Talks under way to close Australia's Manus detention camp

Port Moresby - Authorities in Papua New Guinea are in talks to shutter migrant detention centres on Manus island that have become synonymous with Australia's much-condemned immigration policies.

PNG backtracks on China debt refinancing statement

Sydney - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has backtracked on an announcement saying he had asked China to refinance the country's $8 billion debt, insisting the statement was released without his knowledge.

PNG asks China to refinance $8bn public debt

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has asked Beijing to refinance its $8 billion debt, in a request likely to rile Australia and the US as they try to maintain their influence in the Pacific in the face of a rising China.

PNG leader wants deadline for emptying Australia asylum-seeker camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape called on Australia on Friday to set a deadline for relocating several hundred asylum-seekers who have been stranded on PNG's Manus island for years.

At least 24 killed in brutal Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

Port Moresby - At least 24 people, including two pregnant women and their unborn children, were killed in a three-day spasm of tribal violence in Papua New Guinea's lawless highlands, prompting the prime minister on Wednesday to promise swift justice.

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

Port Moresby - Twenty-four people have died -- including two pregnant women with their unborn children -- in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's lawless highlands, prompting the prime minister on Wednesday to promise swift justice.

Papua New Guinea deploys army to help volcano emergency

Kokopo - Troops have been sent to help thousands of people displaced by a volcanic eruption on a remote archipelago in Papua New Guinea, the prime minister said Friday, as a second volcano erupted.

Australia, PNG agree compromise on security deal for asylum seekers

Sydney - Australia has agreed to stop using a controversial security contractor to run asylum-seeker centres in Papua New Guinea which have been plagued by incidents of self-harm and attempted suicide.

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts sending residents fleeing

Kokopo - Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano -- designated one of the world's most hazardous -- erupted Wednesday, spewing lava high in the air and sending residents fleeing.

Papua New Guinea demands end to Australia refugee contract

Port Moresby - Australia must end or completely rework a controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps, Papua New Guinea's prime minister demanded on Tuesday.

Papua New Guinea PM denies 'chasing" investors away

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister toned down fiery rhetoric against foreign resource companies during a first address to the nation Wednesday, saying he was not trying to chase investors away.

Papua New Guinea PM resigns, throwing gas deal into doubt

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's embattled prime minister stepped down on Wednesday, capping a months-long political crisis and calling a multi-billion-dollar French and US-backed gas deal into question.

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

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigned on Sunday following a string of high-profile political defections that threatened his leadership.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill resigns

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill resigned on Sunday, media reports said, following a string of high-profile political defections that threatened his leadership.

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.

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.

Australia defends lucrative PNG refugee contracts with obscure firm

Sydney - Australian officials Monday defended awarding lucrative contracts to an obscure firm with a beach shack as its registered office, saying they were in a hurry to find a company to provide services at Pacific refugee camps.

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.

Behrouz Boochani: the refugee documenting 'Australian history' offshore

Sydney - When Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani won Australia's most valuable literary prize this week, he could not attend the ceremony to accept it.
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Frosts have destroyed vital crops in Papua New Guinea s highlands.
Frosts have destroyed vital crops in Papua New Guinea's highlands.
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