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IMF approves $5 billion in aid to Ukraine

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the aid is intended to 'ensure that Ukraine is well-poised to return to growth' when the coronavirus pandemic ends

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sweeps a street in the center of Kiev on May 27, 2020, as Ukraine eases anti-virus restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Equatorial Guinea announces 1st coronavirus case

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The patient is a 42-year-old woman who had returned a week ago from Madrid, which has become a hotspot for the virus

FIRST CASE. People buy antiseptic gel at a supermarket after the first Kenyan patient of the COVID-19 coronavirus reported in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 14, 2020. Photo by AFP

4 survive 32 days adrift in Pacific

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The group says they survived by eating coconuts found floating in the sea and collecting rainwater in a bowl

EXPANSE. A container cargo vessel is seen under the midday sun on the horizon crossing the Pacific Ocean a few miles off the coast of Long Beach, California on January 12, 2016.  Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Feb 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

No tsunami warning has been issued and there are no immediate reports of damage

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

Second-round presidential campaign begins in Guinea-Bissau

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

It's a race between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo

CAMPAIGN. In this file photo, a campaign poster of one of the main opposition candidate, Domingos Simoes Pereira is seen along the road on the eve of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election on November 23, 2019, in Bissau. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Polls close in historic Bougainville independence vote

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Officials anticipate the 'vast majority' of 207,000 registered voters cast their ballots across the region and beyond

Workers get a polling station ready ahead of an historical independence vote, in the capital Buka on November 22, 2019. - The resource-rich Pacific archipelago of Bougainville will hold a landmark referendum on November 23 on independence from Papua New Guinea, a vote that could create the world's newest nation and prompt a dash for influence among regional powers. (Photo by NESS KERTON / AFP)

'Armed men' hijack Papua New Guinea plane, steal baggage

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Tropicair says 8 armed men approached the plane as it was refueling in Gasmata, on the island of New Britain and forced the pilot to take off


Guinea-Bissau votes on new president to break political deadlock

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Electoral frontrunners such as incumbent Jose Mario Vaz and ex-prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira promise to tackle endemic problems such as corruption and joblessness

AT THE POLLS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. Some 700,000 voters are registered for the November 24 poll. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Bougainville votes on becoming world's newest nation

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Bougainvilleans are set to vote on full independence or greater autonomy within Papua New Guinea

Workers get a polling station ready ahead of an historical independence vote, in the capital Buka on November 22, 2019. - The resource-rich Pacific archipelago of Bougainville will hold a landmark referendum on November 23 on independence from Papua New Guinea, a vote that could create the world's newest nation and prompt a dash for influence among regional powers. (Photo by NESS KERTON / AFP)

Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Ulamona Volcano Observatory staffer Herman Volele says ashfall could affect Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, while regular earthquakes are also occurring near the volcano

ULAWUN. This handout picture taken and received courtesy of local resident Chris Lagisa on October 1, 2019 shows an ash cloud erupting from the Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano. Handout photo by Christopher Lagisa/AFP

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Ministry for Immigration and Border security says the remaining 64 migrants on Manus would be transferred to Port Moresby or found homes overseas

MANUS ISLAND. A handout photo taken in late 2016, and obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on June 14, 2017, shows Australia's regional processing center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Handout photo by Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

24 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Local officials say at least 24 people had been killed in Hela province, a rugged region in the west of the country, in a 3-day spasm of violence between rival tribes

JAMES MARAPE. Papua New Guinea's new prime minister, James Marape (C), arrives at the house of Governor-General Bob Dadae to be sworn in as the new leader in Port Moresby on May 30, 2019. Photo by Gorethy Kenneth/AFP

Papua New Guinea police minister says cops plotting his arrest

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Brian Kramer claims he received intelligence reports about a plot by 'high ranking officers' to have him arrested and charged

POLICE FORCE. Papua New Guinea police and soldiers (C) are pictured outside the front of the country's parliament in Port Moresby on November 20, 2018. File photo by AFP

Papua New Guinea deploys army to help volcano emergency

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'We will mobilize the military to go in and assess the situation, and we will dispatch the military to assist on the ground,' says Prime Minister James Marape

ULAWUN. This handout taken and released by Kingsley Kiuwou on June 27, 2019 shows Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano spewing ash into the air. Photo by Kingsley Kiuwou/AFP

Thousands flee erupting Papua New Guinea volcano

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Mount Ulawun – one of the world's most hazardous volcanoes – starts spewing lava and smoke high into the air on Wednesday

MOUNT ULAWUN. This handout from Niugini Helicopters taken and recieved on June 26, 2019 shows Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano spewing lava. Photo by Craig Powell/Niugini Helicopters/AFP

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, sending residents fleeing

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses have reported ash spewing out of the 2,334 meter summit, sending trails spanning high overhead

ULAWUN. Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano, designated one of the world's most hazardous, is seen spewing ash on June 26, 2019, prompting authorities to warn of a possible eruption. Photo by AFP

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill resigns amid gas deal tensions

May 26, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Peter O'Neill, who had been in power since 2011, hands over the reins to veteran politician Julius Chan, who has twice been prime minister

RESIGNATION. Peter O'Neill speaks at the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Powerful earthquake rattles residents on Papua New Guinea island

May 14, 2019 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The shallow quake occurs 44 kilometers northeast of Kokopo in PNG, the US Geological Survey says

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, no early damage reports

May 07, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The quake strikes 33 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Bulolo at 2119 GMT according to the US Geological Survey, and is felt in Port Moresby about 250 kilometers away

Papua New Guinea PM faces no confidence vote

May 03, 2019 - 2:54 PM

O'Neill – who is expected to face a vote of no confidence as early as next week – suffers the loss of his defense, health and forest ministers adding to an already long list of high-profile defections

NO CONFIDENCE VOTE? Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks at the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Home to as many as 50,000, Hanuabada has become synonymous with a small but thriving gay, lesbian and transgender community in Port Moresby

FABULOUS. This photo taken on November 15, 2018 shows 24-year-old gay man Kapera Patrick posing for photographs outside his home in Hanuabada, a settlement in Port Moresby. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

PNG pledges to pay police APEC allowances after rampage

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Government ministers meet with the protesters late Tuesday, November 20, and agree to pay the APEC allowance plus an additional bonus to all local personnel

AFTER APEC. Papua New Guinea police and soldiers (C) are pictured in front of the country's parliament in Port Moresby on November 20, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A witness outside parliament says 'hundreds of police and troops' are standing on the building's front steps complaining that they have not been paid a special APEC duty allowance of 350 kina (US$104)

AFTER APEC. This file photo taken on November 5, 2018 shows Papua New Guinea police on parade in Port Moresby, the host city for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. File photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

APEC's future in doubt after costly summit failure

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:23 PM

The gathering was almost 5 years in the making, cost untold millions of US dollars and required the deployment of at least one battleship and 3 cruise liners

COSTLY. Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending the APEC summit in its crime-plagued capital this week. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

During the 26th APEC Summit, leaders fail to agree on a formal written declaration, but plenty of fireworks were seen on the sidelines

WORLD LEADERS. Leaders pose for a photo with other leaders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries prior to the start of the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with APEC leaders at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Cops called as Chinese delegates at APEC 'try to barge in'

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Sources say the Chinese delegates tried to enter the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister in a bid to influence a summit draft communique

SUMMIT. Leaders hold a session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

APEC leaders divided after U.S., China spat

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(4th UPDATE) For the first time in the history of the APEC grouping, leaders were unable to agree on a formal written declaration amid sharp differences over trade policy

APEC SUMMIT. (L-R) Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, China's President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam wave with (back row L to R) Mexico's Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (hidden behind Trudeau), Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Taiwan's representative Morris Chang (hidden behind Widodo) as they pose for a "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Duterte changes plans, decides to finish APEC Summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'Narito, hindi naman umuwi kagabi. He wants to attend the meeting,' says Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the International Monetary Fund Informal Dialogue with Leaders at the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea on November 18, 2018. Screenshot from RTVM

Pence says U.S. to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australia, which has long-standing military ties with the US, has already announced plans to redevelop PNG's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island

APEC. US Vice President Mike Pence delivers his keynote speech at the CEO Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on November 17, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Philippines, Papua New Guinea ink deal on agriculture cooperation

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says Filipino farmers will be sent to Papua New Guinea to plant rice

DEAL. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol and Papuan Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Joint Rice Development Project between the Republic of the Philippines and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea in a ceremony at the Pacific Adventists University in Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

U.S., China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Representatives from both countries duel in back-to-back speeches at a pre-APEC business forum

Duterte to Papua New Guinea: Don't let multinational firms take over

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Himself sensitive when foreign leaders comment on Philippine domestic affairs, President Rodrigo Duterte dishes advise to PNG officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to their bilateral meeting at the Premier Village in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 9, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

APEC summit: The Xi show by the sea shore

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Papua New Guinea is this week's host of the APEC summit, but looking around Port Moresby you could easily mistake that it is China's Xi Jinping who is calling the shots.

This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows a guard (R) standing by a newly built Chinese-style gate at the hotel where Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation will stay, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.  Saeed KHAN / AFP

Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea capital for APEC meet

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:19 AM

About 4,000 military personnel, around half of them foreign, will work with hundreds of police to patrol Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday, attracting representatives from 21 nations

APEC PREPS. This photo taken on November 4, 2018 shows the Australian warship HMAS Adelaide moored off APEC Haus in Port Moresby ahead of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. Photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

10 Filipino seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The 10 Filipino seafarers were kidnapped in two separate incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

Images from Shutterstock

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

Papua New Guinea mulls 'temporary' ban on Facebook

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Communications Minister Sam Basil also considers replacing Facebook with a local social networking platform alternative

11 killed in minibus blaze in Guinea-Bissau

Mar 09, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The accident occurs on Thursday night, March 8, after the overcrowded vehicle left the village of Konkoli, near the capital Bissau, on an 80-kilometer (50-mile) trip to a market in Bissora

Strong aftershock as aid starts reaching quake-hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Aid has yet to reach isolated parts of the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces, with landslides, ruined roads and dozens of aftershocks hampering efforts

AFTERMATH. A handout photo taken on March 6, 2018 and received on March 7 from the International Federation of Red Cross shows Red Cross personnel speaking to local people outside their damaged house at Kar in Papua New Guinea. AFP PHOTO / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS

Papua New Guinea earthquake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes – Red Cross

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The recovery effort is slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior

HELP FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA. An undated handout photo received on March 5 from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Oil Search Ltd./ AFP

Quake-hit PNG struggles to assess damage

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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

MAJOR DAMAGE. This photo taken on February 27, 2018 and received on February 28 shows damage to a road near Mendi in Papua New Guinea's highlands region after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. Melvin Levongo/AFP

Guinea holds first local elections since military rule

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:18 PM

More than 5.9 million Guineans are registered to vote

VOTE. A woman displays a poster of Guinea's Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UDFG) political party opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo during a campaign meeting on February 2, 2018 in Conakry. Photo by Cellou Binani/AFP