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Indonesia steps up search for Papua massacre victims as 16 bodies found

Wamena - Indonesian security forces Thursday stepped up the grim search for victims of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, having retrieved 16 corpses so far, the military said.

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

Wamena - Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as two dozen construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.

Soldier killed as Indonesia probes mass shooting reports in Papua

Wamena - An Indonesian soldier was killed while investigating reports that more than two dozen construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province, officials said Tuesday.

Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia

Jakarta - An Australian was among hundreds of pro-Papuan independence activists arrested across Indonesia at the weekend, police and rights groups said Monday.

Indonesian forces to blame for Papua killings: Amnesty

Jakarta - Indonesian security forces are behind the unlawful killing of at least 95 people in Papua since 2010, with most perpetrators never held to account, Amnesty International said in a new report on Monday.

Indonesia declares deadly Papua measles outbreak over

Jakarta - A deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak that killed scores of children in Indonesia's remote Papua province is over, authorities said.

Papua's deadly measles outbreak shows decades of neglect: experts

Menteng Dua - Indonesia's battle to stem a deadly measles outbreak striking malnourished children in Papua is doomed to be repeated unless the government helps lift the isolated region out of grinding poverty, observers said.

Papua's remote villages cry for help amid deadly health crisis

Indonesia - Worried parents braved long queues and scorching heat in the remote Papuan jungle to get their sick babies treated Friday, as the impoverished region grapples with a deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak.

Hundreds of children sickened, dead in Papua health crisis

Tembagapura - Some 800 children have been sickened by a measles-and-malnutrition outbreak in Indonesia's remote Papua province, officials said Thursday, with as many as 100 other people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed.

Armed separatists occupy villages in Indonesia's Papua: police

Jayapura - A group of armed separatists were occupying two villages near a huge US-owned copper mine in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, police said Friday, as they sought to end the tense standoff.

Saving Indonesia’s birds-of-paradise one village at a time

Sorong - Deep in Indonesia's easternmost province, a group of birdwatchers wait in earnest hoping to glimpse the renowned birds-of-paradise. Once plentiful in Papua's jungles, rampant poaching and deforestation have devastated populations.

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

Indonesia - A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

First of two flight recorders from Indonesia jet found near crash

Jakarta - Disaster workers have located one of two electronic flight recorders that could reveal why a Indonesian passenger plane carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency aid for impoverished families crashed in Papua province.

Rescuers rush to mountainous region to find Indonesia plane crash

Jayapura - Scores of emergency workers in Indonesia were rushing Sunday to the mountains of Papua province after a commercial flight was reported missing and villagers reported seeing a plane crash.

Indonesia says to ease Papua reporting curbs, frees prisoners

Indonesia - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Saturday decades-old reporting restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua would be lifted and ordered the release of a group of political prisoners in the insurgency-hit eastern province.

Policemen, security guard found dead in Papua

Two police officers as well as a security guard who was employed by a US-owned mine in the Indonesian province of Papua have been found dead, according to media reports.

Human rights websites under cyber attack over Papua torture video

Human rights organisations that posted on their websites clips of the shocking video of Indonesian soldiers torturing Papuan tribal people have been coming under heavy cyber attack.

Op-Ed: Should police keep searching for genitals of murdered polygamist?

Jakarta - Last week, Indonesia seemed obsessed with male genitals. First, members of the army were filmed scorching the phallus of a farmer they deemed an insurgent, then came the case of police officers searching for the dismembered missing member of a polygamist.

Witch hunts in Papua New Guinea turn fatal

After a local man dies in a car accident, witch hunts begin in Papua New Guinea, claiming innocent lives of women believed to be witches.

Discovery of green frog with huge eyes

Interesting scientific finds in the fields of flora and fauna have recently been made during a scientific expedition to a remote area in Papua New Guinea.

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Two police  security guard found dead at US-run mine in Indonesian province of Papua.
Two police, security guard found dead at US-run mine in Indonesian province of Papua.
Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured  allegedly by Indonesian sold...
Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured, allegedly by Indonesian soldiers, has led to widespread demands for an independent inquiry.
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The province of Papua
The province of Papua
FREEDOM: A group of West Papua residents demonstrate for independence from Indonesia at The Hague in...
FREEDOM: A group of West Papua residents demonstrate for independence from Indonesia at The Hague in the Netherlands in 2009.
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