Government And Politics

Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Nov 21, 2018

Australia's prime minister has accused senior Muslim community leaders of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Nov 20, 2018

A lawmaker says disgruntled police and prison guards have stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific nation over the weekend

US, allies to bring electricity to most of Papua New Guinea

Nov 18, 2018

The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they'll bring electricity to 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's people by 2030, boosting the West's response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific

Abe visits Darwin shrine to Japanese war dead

Nov 17, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a shrine in Darwin, Australia, commemorating the deaths of 80 Japanese submariners in waters near the city in World War II

Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

Nov 16, 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea just days after coming under criticism for skipping some regional meetings in Singapore

Papua New Guinea's betel high defies control, convention

Nov 16, 2018

A normally ubiquitous sight in Papua New Guinea's capital is men, women and children chewing betel nut combined with slaked lime and mustard bean, turning lips, teeth and tongue a dark red, and producing a mild high

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Nov 14, 2018

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it

Former coup leaders battle for control in Fiji election

Nov 13, 2018

Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday

Aussie car rammer guilty on 6 murder counts, other charges

Nov 13, 2018

A man who drove a car through a crowd on a pedestrian-only Australian street last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more, has been found guilty of all 33 charges against him, including six counts of murder.

Independent says Australian gov't lost on its refugee stance

Nov 5, 2018

A newly elected independent lawmaker says a tough policy toward asylum seekers is a major reason Australia's conservative government lost its parliamentary majority

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