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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.

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.

Refugee detained in PNG wins Australia's richest literary prize

Sydney - An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia's most valuable literary prize for a book he reportedly wrote using the online messaging service WhatsApp.

Papua New Guinea rules out paying cops per arrest

Sydney - Papua New Guinea's police force has scrapped plans to pay officers bonuses for each new arrest, with the nation's top law enforcement official on Tuesday calling the scheme "counter-productive".

Modern witch-hunts terrorise New Guinea highlands

A spate of brutal witch-hunts has plunged parts of Papua New Guinea's highlands into a state of terror, as fearful tribes blame dark forces for their rapidly changing world.

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.

China downplays failure to reach APEC joint statement

Bejing - Beijing on Monday downplayed the unprecedented fallout from this year's APEC summit, which for the first time ever failed to issue a joint statement after US-China trade tensions boiled over.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for APEC meet

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending a major summit in its crime-plagued capital this week.

Body found inside plane days after it ditched into Pacific lagoon

Wellington - A male passenger's body has been found inside an airliner that ditched and sank in a lagoon last week after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island, officials said.

Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Majuro - Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

Australian special forces deployed for APEC summit

Sydney - Australia has deployed special forces to Papua New Guinea as part of a large-scale security operation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby this November.

Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

Sydney - An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease.

Underwater survey reveals secrets of Australia WWI wreck off PNG

Sydney - Researchers Monday voiced renewed hope of discovering why Australia's first submarine sank, after a detailed underwater survey of the long-lost wreck off Papua New Guinea led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

PNG quake toll rises above 100 as PM warns of long recovery

Sydney - The death toll from an earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea last month has topped 100 with thousands injured, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Friday, warning it will take years for the region to recover.

PNG quake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes: Red Cross

Sydney - At least 67 people were killed by an earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea's remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands more homeless and without food and clean water.

Quake-hit PNG struggles to assess damage

Sydney - Communication blackouts and blocked roads hampered rescue efforts Wednesday as 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.The 7.

More than 30 believed dead in PNG quake: report

Sydney - More than 30 people are believed to have died after a powerful earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's mountainous interior, a report said Tuesday as details of "extensive" damage began to emerge.The 7.
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Guardians of the village.
Guardians of the village.
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After smoking is complete  the bodies are covered in clay and ochre to prevent predation.
After smoking is complete, the bodies are covered in clay and ochre to prevent predation.
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The oldest mummies are about 200 years old  but they are deteriorating.
The oldest mummies are about 200 years old, but they are deteriorating.
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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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