Asia Pacific

Polls close in Bougainville referendum on independence from PNG

Two weeks of voting concludes on Pacific island chain that could kick off creation of world's newest country.

Polls close in Bougainville referendum on independence from PNG

Asia Pacific

Bougainville votes on independence from Papua New Guinea

About 207,000 Bougainvilleans are registered to vote on whether Melanesian isles will become world's newest country.

Bougainville votes on independence from Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Bougainville to vote on whether to become world's newest country

Referendum vote will continue until December 7 amid expectations territory's 200,000 people will back independence.

Bougainville to vote on whether to become world's newest country

Refugees

Newly-freed Behrouz Boochani slams Australian refugee policies

Kurdish-Iranian journalist tells Al Jazeera that housing refugees in offshore detention facilities is 'barbaric'.

Newly-freed Behrouz Boochani slams Australian refugee policies

Refugees

Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ

The Kurdish Iranian writer, held in PNG since 2013, says he may seek asylum in New Zealand or the US.

Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ

Papua New Guinea

PNG police seek to arrest ex-PM over 'corruption'

Arrest warrant issued for former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, but he is refusing to cooperate, police say.

Papua New Guinea police seek to arrest ex-PM over 'corruption'

Papua New Guinea

Should West Papua remain part of Indonesia?

Recent clashes with Indonesian forces have reignited calls for referendum on Papuan independence.

Should West Papua remain part of Indonesia?

Papua New Guinea

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal unrest

Prime Minister James Marape vows security reinforcements and to bring perpetrators to justice amid brutal violence.

Deadly tribal violence erupts in Papua New Guinea

Australia

Australia set to repeal medical care bill for offshore refugees

Refugee advocates say medical care bill is vital to ensuring the health of refugees in offshore processing centres.

Australia set to repeal medical care bill for offshore refugees

Asia Pacific

Gas deal critic becomes new Papua New Guinea PM

Members of parliament overwhelmingly elect ex-finance minister who quit in April in protest against a major gas project.

James Marape elected new Papua New Guinea prime minister

Asia Pacific

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill formally resigns

Amid months-long political crisis, veteran politician tells MPs he tendered letter of resignation to governor general.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill formally resigns

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea prime minister resigns

Peter O'Neill - in power since 2011 - handed over the reins to Julius Chan who has twice been prime minister.

Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O'Neill, resigns

Human Rights

Refugee suicide attempts up on Manus after Australia election

Ten men have tried killing themselves since Australia's conservative government returned to power, refugees say.

Refugee suicide attempts up on Manus after Australia election

Asia Pacific

PNG assesses damage from magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Strong quake strikes late in the evening off New Britain's coast, prompting officials to send teams to assess situation.

PNG assesses damage from magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolts Papua New Guinea

Officials say no tsunami threat after quake hit on Tuesday morning about 250km away from the capital Port Moresby.

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolts Papua New Guinea