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PNG police end standoff with refugees at Australia camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police wielding metal rods cleared the final 320 holdouts from a shuttered Australian refugee camp Friday, ending a 24-day standoff that put a global spotlight on Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers.

PNG police end long standoff with refugees at Australia detention camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police wielding metal rods cleared the final 320 holdouts from a shuttered Australian refugee camp Friday, ending a 24-day standoff that put a global spotlight on Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers.

PNG police start removing refugees from Australia camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police raided a shuttered Australian detention camp Thursday, removing dozens of refugees in an effort to end a stand-off that has drawn global attention to Canberra's tough asylum-seeker policies.

PNG police move in on closed Australia refugee camp on Manus

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island Thursday in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said.

Stalemate as refugees dig in at closed Australia camp in PNG

Sydney - Some 400 refugees rebuffed continued efforts by Papua New Guinea authorities to convince them to move from a shuttered Australian detention camp Tuesday as the tense standoff over their future drags into a third week.

PNG ups pressure on refugees to leave Australian camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea officials deployed police vehicles and buses around a shuttered Australian refugee camp Monday as a deadline passed for some 400 detainees to move from the controversial centre.

Dozens leave closed Australia refugee camp in PNG

Sydney - Dozens of refugees have left a shuttered Australian camp in Papua New Guinea but hundreds more are refusing to move, detainees said Sunday, as New Zealand's leader repeated an offer to resettle some of them.

PNG authorities destroy shelters, move refugees at Australia camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea authorities destroyed makeshift shelters and removed water stores in a shuttered Australia refugee camp Friday, just hours ahead of a deadline for the inmates to leave or be forced out, detainees said.

UN watchdog urges Australia to end offshore immigrant detentions

Geneva - A UN rights watchdog urged Australia Thursday to stop sending refugees to offshore detention centres, expressing serious concern about conditions and abuses at the facilities.

PNG warns it will use force to empty Australia refugee camp

Sydney - Refugees holed up in a closed Australian detention camp on Papua New Guinea were warned Thursday authorities will move in, using force if necessary, if they do not leave by the weekend.

PNG court rejects bid to restore Australia refugee camp services

Sydney - A Papua New Guinea court Tuesday rejected a refugee's appeal to restore water, electricity and food supplies to a shuttered Australian detention camp where hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in.

Australia snubs New Zealand offer to take refugees on PNG

Sydney - Australia Sunday snubbed New Zealand's renewed offer to resettle 150 refugees held at remote Pacific camps, despite the closure of one detention centre in Papua New Guinea which has triggered a stand-off between detainees and the authorities.

NZ offers help as Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

Sydney - Refugees barricaded inside a shuttered Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea were becoming "distraught and depressed", detainees said Friday, as New Zealand renewed an offer to resettle some of them.

NZ offers help as Australia asylum protesters struggle in PNG camp

Sydney - Refugees barricaded inside a shuttered Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea were becoming "distraught and depressed", detainees said Friday, as New Zealand renewed an offer to resettle some of them.

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

Sydney - The United Nations called on Australia to stop a "humanitarian emergency" unfolding at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, urging an end to a tense days-long stand-off between refugees and authorities.

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

Sydney - The United Nations warned of an "unfolding humanitarian emergency" at an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, calling on Canberra to defuse a tense days-long stand-off between refugees and authorities.

Tense standoff at Australia refugee camp

Sydney - Hundreds of fearful refugees were urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea Wednesday as conditions worsened with power and water cut in a tense standoff.

Siege fears as Australia asylum-seeker camp in PNG closes

Sydney - Hundreds of asylum-seekers were refusing to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea that authorities closed Tuesday, citing fears for their safety, despite food, water and electricity being cut off.

PNG demands clarity from Australia on 'tense' Pacific camp

Sydney - Refugee advocates warned of an "extremely tense" situation at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp Monday ahead of its closure, as Port Moresby demanded clarity from Australia on its plans for what happens next.

Papua New Guinea skull 'world's oldest tsunami victim'

Sydney - A 6,000-year-old skull found in Papua New Guinea is likely the world's oldest-known tsunami victim, experts said Thursday after a new analysis of the area it was found in.

Australia offers to move PNG refugees to Nauru

Sydney - Refugees held in an Australian camp in Papua New Guinea that is slated to close this month have been offered the option of moving to another detention centre on the island of Nauru.

Film shot at Australian camp for asylum hopefuls hits foreign screens

London - Footage from within one of Australia's offshore detention facilities for asylum seekers reached its first international audience this week in London, with one of the filmmakers highlighting the plight of his co-director who remains inside the camp.

Refugee found dead at Australia camp on PNG

Sydney - An asylum-seeker being held on one of Australia's remote Pacific island camps was found dead Monday, rights groups said, in a suspected suicide that has once again thrown Canberra's treatment of refugees into the spotlight.

Probe calls after refugee dies at Australia camp in PNG

Sydney - Rights groups called Monday for an independent inquiry after another refugee was found dead at a detention camp in Papua New Guinea in a tragedy they said was preventable.

US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO

Port Moresby - American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday.

UN accuses Australia of breaching refugee deal

Sydney - The UN accused Australia Monday of backtracking on a deal to relax its strong stance on asylum-seekers and resettle some refugees now held in overseas detention on home soil.

Boat refugees to leave PNG despite US uncertainty: Australia

Sydney - Hundreds of refugees being held at a remote Papua New Guinea detention camp will be moved by October despite uncertainty over a resettlement deal with the United States, Australia's immigration minister said Thursday.

Refugee fears over Australia-US resettlement plan

Sydney - The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp has fanned fears among asylum-seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead, an activist group said Sunday.

Voting underway in sprawling PNG elections

Port Moresby - Voting began in Papua New Guinea elections Saturday with the Pacific nation's leader urging peaceful polling to show it has "come of age", as he seeks another term to fix an economy under siege.

Trio missing off PNG coast after boat capsizes

Sydney - Three men from Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are missing after their boat capsized off PNG, officials said Monday, as a fourth man was reportedly rescued on a isolated beach after scrawling "help" in the sand.
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The Hamtai tribe of Papua New Guinea were fierce warriors. They now number about 70 000 people.
The Hamtai tribe of Papua New Guinea were fierce warriors. They now number about 70,000 people.
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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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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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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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Guardians of the village.
Guardians of the village.
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