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Shooting video actually aftermath Somali pirate attack - Southwick

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have asked Interpol for help in verifying a video which appears to show the murder of fishermen at sea.

Rio Tinto reviewing Bougainville Copper stake

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:45 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to the troubled Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Pacific Beat says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:10 AEST

After many years today Radio Australia, the Pacific and the ABC says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts.

Climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' warns Tuvalu PM

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:43 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has warned Australia not to stand in the way of moves towards a new global agreement on climate change.

Chaudhry appeal dismissed

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:42 AEST

A court today has dismissed Fiji Labour Leader Mahendra Chaurdhry's appeal making him inelibile to contest the September elections.

Samoa feeling the affect of Chickugunya outbreak

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Samoa is experiencing its first outbreak of Chickungunya with eight confirmed cases and around 90 suspected cases.

Final countdown: Living the dream, from Hong Kong to honorary manhood

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:32 AEST

In the third instalment of our farewell series, we catch up with former Asia Pacific reporter, Sue Lannin, who filed to the program from Hong Kong to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Solomon Islands' prepared for John Kerry visit

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:18 AEST

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will visit the Solomon Islands this week.

Final countdown: Out of chaos, freedom and love

Updated 12 August 2014, 12:19 AEST

We speak to Walkley Award-winning journalist Di Martin in the second of our farewell series of interviews for 'Asia Pacific'.

Illness afflicting the Samoan islands linked to chikungunya

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

The mystery illness that's afflicting people in American Samoa and Samoa, named Acute Fever and Rash or AFR, now appears to be closely linked to chikungunya virus.

Frank Bainimarama gets largely warm reception in NZ

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:41 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is on his way back home after a brief visit to New Zealand to raise funds for his election campaign.

Robert Carmichael

Final countdown: Reflections from Phnom Penh

Updated 11 August 2014, 14:11 AEST

Radio Australia is under going a significant restructure of its operations because of government budget cuts.

Downgraded Julio battering Hawaiian coast

Updated 11 August 2014, 11:36 AEST

People in Hawaii are breathing easier today having escaped the worst from the two hurricanes threatening the state last week.

Party in PNG as gold medalists return

Updated 8 August 2014, 17:50 AEST

It's party time in Hanuabada village in Port Moresby.

China frees human rights lawyer

Updated 8 August 2014, 12:54 AEST

The prominent Chinese human right lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, has been freed from prison in Xinjiang after serving a three-year sentence.

Fish already in very short supply in Pacific - SPC

Updated 8 August 2014, 11:32 AEST

The bad news about fishing in the Pacific continues.

India's highway to hellish behaviour

Updated 7 August 2014, 13:16 AEST

India's growing love affair with the car has brought with it a new set of challenges.

Unprecedented risk to Hawaii from double hurricane assault

Updated 7 August 2014, 9:14 AEST

It is unprecedented - two hurricanes bearing down on Hawaii.

Tongan songwoman/orator and performance artist, Sista Native.

Tongan songwoman performs with Pacific pride

Updated 8 August 2014, 15:50 AEST

Hailing from Tonga and currently based in Melbourne, Sista Native is an artist who brings a lot of depth and insight into her varied works.

Leading biologist calls on big conservation to back PNG indigenous scientists

Updated 5 August 2014, 17:22 AEST

One of the world's leading experts on Papua New Guinea's tropical biology says big international environment organisations should focus on training local scientists in developing countries rather than trying to run conservation programs themselves.

The Indian PM addressing Nepal's Constituent Assembly

Indian PM in bid to counter growing Chinese influence in Nepal

Updated 4 August 2014, 13:12 AEST

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Nepal on a two day official visit - the first time an Indian leader has done so, in seventeen years.

Lowy Institute's Jenny Hayward Jones gives her wrap up of PIF

Updated 1 August 2014, 17:24 AEST

A fishing treaty, PNG offers millions in aid to the region, and conditions applied to Fiji's re-entry to the Forum, those are just some of the highlights of the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.

Manila under fire over Libya evacuation

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:58 AEST

Governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from Libya after an upsurge of violence among rival militias.

Australian immigration detention inquiry hears claims of government cover-up

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:39 AEST

The inquiry by Australia's Human Rights Commission into children in Australia's offshore immigration detention system has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up of the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

UN rights envoy takes Myanmar to task

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:28 AEST

Myanmar's government has rejected a United Nations warning that the country may be backtracking on reforms, including a free media.

Plastics still adding to growth of Great Pacific Garbage patch

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It is a beautiful calm morning in one of the most polluted areas of the world.

China's powerful former security chief under investigation

Updated 30 July 2014, 14:40 AEST

China says the country's former powerful domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for 'serious violations of party discipline'.

No escape violence

Crying Meri book documents violence against women in PNG

Updated 30 July 2014, 10:29 AEST

In his soon to be released book "Crying Meri, violence against women in PNG" photographer Vlad Sokhin shares the stories behind gender violence statistics.

Protect our most valuable resource - the Pacific - Remengesau

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:19 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum has officially opened with a ceremony and dinner to welcome leaders to Palau's capital.

Vanuatu PM warning against disruption again

Updated 29 July 2014, 16:15 AEST

Vanuatu prime minister Joe Natuman has removed three of his MP's for allegedly being involved in a planned motion of no confidence against him.

Pacific Islands Forum gets underway in Palau

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:08 AEST

Up to 600 participants and guests are expected in Palau this week for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum.

Neil Armstrong smiles from the lunar module Eagle after walking on the surface of the moon.

Memories of Neil Armstrong from one of his friends Jay Barbree

Updated 25 July 2014, 14:08 AEST

Former NBC reporter talks about his friendship with one of the most famous men in the world.

Some people hoarding things for ages

How to stop hoarding and learn to throw things away

Updated 25 July 2014, 14:07 AEST

A discussion of why some people feel the need to never throw anything away.

Joey Joleen Mataele at PSDN stand during AIDS 2014 in Melbourne

Giving a voice to Pacific sexual minorities at AIDS 2014

Updated 25 July 2014, 14:04 AEST

The Pacific Sexual Diversity Network represents the rights of sexual minorities in the Pacific, one of many organisations fighting discrimination at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne.

The mounting human cost of preparing for the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Updated 25 July 2014, 11:47 AEST

International criticism of the treatment of foreign workers in Qatar has prompted the government to announce some improvements.

'Opportunity lost' as Aust PM to stay home from Palau Forum summit

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau next week.

Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby with Phil Kafcaloudes

AIDS 2014: Michael Kirby challenges stigma and discrimination

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

Former Australian High Court justice Michael Kirby says bold steps are needed to combat HIV, and especially to address discrimination and the stigma of AIDS.

Bill Clinton at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Photo: International AIDS Society/ James Braund © 2014

Bill Clinton addresses AIDS 2014 conference

Updated 24 July 2014, 11:37 AEST

Former US President Bill Clinton was given a rock star reception at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne.

Cambodia's Opposition secures deal to break political stalemate

Updated 23 July 2014, 11:43 AEST

Cambodia's main opposition party has announced it will end its boycott of Parliament, a year after refusing to accept the results of an election that it said was stolen by massive fraud.

Solomon Islands weightlifter hopeful of snatching Commonwealth medal

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:45 AEST

A Solomon Islands weightlifter could provide the country with its first Commonwealth Games medal.

Cambodian garment workers in protest from January 2014

Cambodian government under pressure over garment sector

Updated 28 May 2014, 14:22 AEST

This week, representatives from some of the world's largest clothing brands have been meeting with the Cambodian government and local manufacturers in a bid to improve the lot of workers in the country's most important industry.

Building a vegetable nursery in Taunga, Vava'u, Tonga

Vegetable nurseries help with Tonga cyclone recovery

Updated 29 May 2014, 17:08 AEST

Back in January,  Tropical Cyclone Ian caused widespread destruction to Tonga's central and northern islands.  Worst hit was the Ha'apai island group, where hundreds of families lost their homes, and food crops were devastated. 

David 'Dav' Pilkey is the author of successful childrens novel series 'Captain Underpants'

Captain Underpants: poos, wees and fart books captivating intelligent kids

Updated 28 May 2014, 14:06 AEST

Poos, wees, farts and snot top the list of subjects that intelligent children are thinking about at five years of age, according to the author of the successful novel series "Captain Underpants".

Dami Im's new single is Super Love

Dami Im gives us Super Love

Updated 29 May 2014, 17:53 AEST

South Korean born Australian singer Dami Im knows how to rise to a challenge. Her new single Super Love shows no lingering signs of the "50 layers of awkward" referred to by the judges on last years’ Australian X-Factor. 

Image: A local Thai man fishes at sunset near Patong Beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket Image 2010-09-20

'Tale of Two Thailands': how the nation is experiencing the coup

Updated 26 May 2014, 13:08 AEST

Phuket-based Australian journalist Alan Morison has likened the experience of post-coup Thailand to something out of Kafka or Orwell.

Tan Jee Say -

'Singaporeans First' aims to be a political force for the people

Updated 28 May 2014, 14:54 AEST

A new political party has been formed in Singapore.

Tony Pua, publicity secretary, Democratic Action Party and federal MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, Malaysia

Anwar snub dents Obama's local credibility, says Malaysian opposition

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:15 AEST

Malaysia's opposition says the decision by President Barack Obama not to meet Anwar Ibrahim during his current Asian tour will diminish the American leader's standing in the eyes of Malaysians.

Man using SMS on smart phone

PNG teachers use SMS to teach English

Updated 24 April 2014, 15:18 AEST

SMS or texting on the phone often gets a bad rap from educators but a project in Madang and Simbu provinces in PNG is proving it can be effective.

Douglass James Fort cropped

How Pacific criminal gangs developed in America

Updated 24 April 2014, 15:46 AEST

A problem is emerging in the United States with gangs of people with a Pacific origin. In the spotlight is the Tongan Crips gang, making news because one of its members was shot dead in a courtroom during his trial in Salt Lake City.

Criticism of conditions for asylum seekers on Nauru rejected by its former government media adviser

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:45 AEST

One of the Australians who has been deported from Nauru says conditions for the asylum seekers there are much, much better than are being portrayed by critics of Australia's offshore Pacific processing centres.

Indigenous language map

New bid to preserve indigenous languages in Northern Territory

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:02 AEST

The first stage of a unique digital archive of Australian Aboriginal languages is now accessible online.

South Korea takes on 'big tobacco'

Updated 23 April 2014, 13:49 AEST

South Korea's national health insurer is suing three tobacco firms for compensation.

Teen pregnancies in Pacific are part of 'abandoned baby' issues

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:28 AEST

The number of teenage pregnancies across the Pacific as a whole is falling, but the United Nations Population Fund says there is still cause for concern.

Dr Albert Schram at The University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

Ousted Vice Chancellor returns to PNG university

Updated 22 April 2014, 17:05 AEST

Protesting students at The University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guinea, have got their wish.

Uni students sitting exam (pic: Martin Bureau)

Is China alone in keeping tabs on its students overseas?

Updated 22 April 2014, 15:29 AEST

Australia's Fairfax Media is reporting that China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities.

ISI under suspicion after attack on Pakistani journalist

Updated 22 April 2014, 11:51 AEST

Pakistani journalists are demanding better protection from the government after yet another attack on a prominent reporter in the country's largest city, Karachi.

Cook Islands' opposition unworried about early election

Updated 21 April 2014, 17:01 AEST

Cook Islands opposition says the calling of an early election won't disrupt their plans too much.

International influence needed to reform Pakistan's military

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:19 AEST

The Geo News channel presenter's brother, Amir Mir, has accused the powerful military intelligence service, the ISI of being responsible for the attack.

Food garden recovery the new focus on Solomons' flood relief

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:19 AEST

Schools re-open in Honiara tomorrow but life in the Solomons' capital is far from being back to normal following the devastating flooding at the start of the month, that claimed 21 lives and left thousands homeless.

Nauru's wasted future

Updated 18 April 2014, 6:32 AEST

Today Naruans are sick, impoverished and reliant on Australia's immigration detention centre for income, but they were once among the wealthiest people in the world.

Surfs up in Vanuatu this weekend

Updated 17 April 2014, 18:19 AEST

Vanuatu's Surfing Association says local surfers will be good enough to take on the world's best within ten years.

Australia's Jessica Mauboy will be Eurovision's first solo performer outside the European Union.

Australia's Jessica Mauboy makes Eurovision history

Updated 22 April 2014, 11:19 AEST

For the first time, an Australian singer will become the first solo artist from a non-EU country to perform at the iconic European Song Contest.

Solomon Islands Australian Football League players and other Australians clean up Honiara's White River Health Clinic after flooding. Photo credit: Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands.

Australian AFL football team cleans up hospital in flood-hit Solomon Islands

Updated 17 April 2014, 15:51 AEST

Members of the White River Demons football club and other Australians teamed up to clean a local medical clinic in Honiara.

Malaysia mourns death of legendary rights lawyer, MP Karpal Singh

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:22 AEST

Malaysia is mourning the death of one of its Opposition leaders in a road accident early this morning.

Sarli and his wife painted by Caroline Mytinger (courtesy of Michele Westmorland)

"Headhunt Revisited" retraces the Melanesian journey of a 1920's portrait painter

Updated 17 April 2014, 13:30 AEST

History goes full circle when American photographer Michele Westmorland and PNG artist Jeffry Feeger team up  to cast a contemporary look on the portraits and Melanesian travels of  the late Caroline Mytinger 

St Barbara urged to re-open Gold Ridge Mine after Solomons floods

Updated 16 April 2014, 17:43 AEST

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce has urged the operator of the Gold Ridge Mine to honour it's committment to the governement and re-open the mine.

East Timor and China move closer

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:40 AEST

China and East Timor have strengthened their relationship during a week long visit to China by Xanana Gusmao.

Rash from Chikungunya (pic: Nsaa)

Ten thousand infected in Tonga's first chikungunya outbreak

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:26 AEST

There's a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in Tonga, with more than ten thousand people affected.

Land rights defenders face growing danger: Global Witness

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:33 AEST

There's been a sharp rise in violence related to the environment and land grabs in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report.

Call for action on 'dire' drug resistant TB threat in Asia and the Pacific

Updated 15 April 2014, 10:01 AEST

Medical experts are warning that drug resistant tuberculosis is now such a problem in the Asia Pacific region that it could overwhelm health systems.

Joe Camilleri marks his 50th anniversary

'Certified Blue' marks 50 years for Joe Camilleri

Updated 14 April 2014, 14:37 AEST
Australian musician and songwriter, Joe Camilleri celebrates 50 years in the music business, with the release of a new album, 'Certified Blue'.

'We have not pulled out of the Solomon Islands,' says Australian miner

Updated 11 April 2014, 17:51 AEST

Australian Federal Police have been deployed to the Gold Ridge mine in Solomon Islands, at the request of the local government.

MH370 searchers facing daunting under water conditions

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:37 AEST

The head of the Australian-based effort searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says it could still be many days before anything is found.

Bougainville prepares for independence with own public service

Updated 11 April 2014, 8:20 AEST

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has taken a big step towards independence by passing laws that will allow it to operate its own public service system.

Solomon Islands flooding set to leave large economic impacts

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:30 AEST

As the clean-up continues from last week's floods in Solomon Island, the economic impact of the deluge is becoming clearer.


The little book that gives hope to stroke survivors and their caregivers

Updated 10 April 2014, 16:55 AEST
A humorous book with a slightly rude title, deals with the serious issue of stroke and gives hope to sufferers, their caregivers and anyone else facing adversity. 
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, virologist who co-discovered HIV in 1983. Professor Barre-Sinoussi is President of the International AIDS Society.

HIV - The Thirty Year Marathon

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:18 AEST

The prominent French virologist Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says scientists have not lost the sense of urgency in seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS. 

Guam Soccer Moms league 6 (Photo courtesy of Guam Football Association)

Guam Soccer Moms League promotes friendship, fun and fitness

Updated 10 April 2014, 10:44 AEST

There's no ladder and no finals series, but the Guam Football Association's Soccer Moms League scores high on encouraging women to play active sports.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, virologist who co-discovered HIV in 1983. Professor Barre-Sinoussi is President of the International AIDS Society.

HIV pioneer says collaboration paramount to eventual cure

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:20 AEST

The prominent French virologist Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says scientists have not lost the sense of urgency in seeking a cure for HIV-AIDS.

Nauru says UN detention center inspectors weren't invited, questions cancellation as 'publicity stunt'

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

A team of United Nations inspectors is trying to re-negoatiate with the Naruru government to visit the country's Australian-run immigration processing centre.

Beijing shaking hands

Melbourne and Beijing unite over mental health illness

Updated 11 April 2014, 16:29 AEST

Schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder will be among the mental health issues tackled by a new Peking University based, University of Melbourne backed research and training facility.


Voters head to the polls in key Indonesian legislative elections

Updated 9 April 2014, 11:57 AEST

Polling is under way in Indonesia's general elections.

Disease fears to push Solomons flood victims from evacuation centres

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:43 AEST

The authorities in Solomon Islands are urging people to return to their homes as the immediate danger from the flood crisis recedes.

Kilikiti bats

Samoan kilikiti cricket players display their skills in Melbourne

Updated 9 April 2014, 12:08 AEST

Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of Australia, and people are used to seeing all kinds of football, cricket and rugby matches taking place in their local parks.  But last weekend they were treated to a game of a different kind - Samoan kilikiti.

Fiji government upset over constitution booklet

Updated 8 April 2014, 18:12 AEST

Fiji's Attorney General has accused a local NGO of spreading misleading and damaging information.

Australia seeking to tap into Japanese weapons technology

Updated 8 April 2014, 14:13 AEST

Australia is building on its existing security arrangements with Japan.

Solomon Islands - Phil Kafcaloudes

Disaster personally affects Solomon Islands PM office

Updated 8 April 2014, 13:39 AEST
Flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain and strong winds in Solomon Islands have left at least 23 people dead with the number expected to rise.

Taiwanese students vow to end parliament sit-in

Updated 8 April 2014, 14:14 AEST

Student protesters in Taiwan who occupied the parliament building for nearly three weeks have agreed to end their sit-in.

High resolution data predicts severe coastal flooding in Vanuatu within century

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:10 AEST

As an island nation, predictions that coastal flooding in Vanuatu could reach catastrophic levels in the next 90 years is cause for serious concern.

Relief efforts hampered by damaged infrastructure in Solomon Islands

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:05 AEST

A major relief and recovery effort is underway in Solomon Islands, after last week's devastating flash floods.

CWA gifts baby bundles to PNG mothers

CWA gifts baby bundles to PNG mothers

Updated 7 April 2014, 17:01 AEST
The Country Women's Association (CWA) is now sending care packs to mothers and prospective mothers in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific countries.

Runoff expected after Afghan presidential vote

Updated 7 April 2014, 12:45 AEST

The turnout for Afghanistan's presidential has been larger than expected, despite threats of violence by the Taliban.

Through Dusky Maiden Eyes collage ( courtesy of Taofia Pelesasa)

Young New Zealand playwright tackles "Dusky Maiden" stereotype

Updated 7 April 2014, 12:31 AEST

New Zealand-born actor and playwright, Taofia Pelesasa, wants his play "Through Dusky Maiden Eyes" to empower young Polynesian women

Safe water and sanitation most urgent needs in Honiara - Oxfam

Updated 7 April 2014, 8:37 AEST

The head of the Oxfam aid group in Honiara, Katie Greenwood says the most urgent need is to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to people in evacuation centres.

Solomon Islands facing flooding disaster

Updated 4 April 2014, 20:05 AEST

At least 16 people have be killed in flooding in Solomon Islands but many others are missing, while hundreds of homes have been destroyed and a major bridge has been all but washed away.

Pohnpei preschooler with coconut

Micronesian preschoolers learn the value of healthy local foods

Updated 4 April 2014, 17:44 AEST

Preschool children can be very fussy eaters, and parents can easily be tempted to reach for unhealthy packaged foods to fill their little ones' hungry tummies. But in Pohnpei, Micronesia, children as young as three years old are being taught the benefits of choosing local foods over imported processed foods.

Daniel Mendola, Director of the Clearwater Sports Resort Limited (Sa'amoana Resort) and Farani, a surf guide at the resort.

Samoan resilience shines through after double disaster

Updated 4 April 2014, 17:56 AEST
The 2009 earthquake and ensuing tsunami was disastrous but it was Cyclone Evan only 3 years later that tested the resilience of Samoan resort owner Daniel Mendola, his staff, and his local community. 

Solomon Islands capital hit by devastating floods

Updated 4 April 2014, 13:50 AEST

A major relief effort is under way in Solomon Islands after torrential rain and flash flooding in the capital Honiara washed away hundreds of homes and other buildings.

Fiji decree allows phone tapping ahead of election

Updated 3 April 2014, 19:02 AEST

The Fiji Law Society thinks the country will have its own version of Big Brother monitoring multi-media outlets 48 hours before the September Elections.

Australian volunteers in Samoa join Phil Kafcaloudes on Radio Australia

Surprising roles for Australian volunteers in Samoa

Updated 4 April 2014, 12:47 AEST

Many Australians come to Samoa to work as volunteers and the types of people who come, and the way their contribute to the local community, can be varied and sometimes surprising.

Many Indonesian parties deaf to voters' needs

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:38 AEST

Indonesia's 186 million voters have their chance to change the nation next week when they cast their ballot in the general election.

Michael Donoghue (center) from SPREP in Samoa

Balancing Pacific tourism and conservation

Updated 3 April 2014, 15:17 AEST

The challenges of balancing tourism and conservation are being felt no more accutely than in the delicate ecosystems of Pacific Island nations. 

Australian trade envoys pack their bags for north Asia

Updated 3 April 2014, 17:23 AEST

Australia's largest ever trade delegation is in its final stages of preparation in its bid to sign a "trifecta of trade deals" in North Asia.

A Samoan 'ava ceremony, c.1900-1930. Photographer unknown.

Samoa central in Polynesian history and culture

Updated 3 April 2014, 15:25 AEST

Samoa might be small but the size of the country isn't diminishing the strength and depth of its cultural history. 

Local school children in the library (Photo: Philippa Robinson)

Bougainville Library wins New Zealand Design Awards

Updated 6 April 2014, 23:57 AEST

A library and cultural centre in Arawa, Bougainville has won two awards at the 2014 New Zealand Wood Timber Design Awards.

Complaints arise as campaigning starts in Fiji

Updated 1 April 2014, 19:51 AEST

The coalition of Fiji political parties, which will be campaigning in the September election, has filed a complaint against the country's interim prime minister, saying he has breached the country's election decree enacted by his military-backed regime.

Vale Irene Fernandez - Fearless Malaysian champion of rights

Updated 1 April 2014, 13:34 AEST

One of Malaysia's most recognisable rights campaigner, Irene Fernandez has died of heart failure at the age of 67.

Fiji coup leader names new political party

Updated 31 March 2014, 19:48 AEST

Fiji's interim prime minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama has announced the name of his Fiji First party.

Myanmar census prompts renewed sectarian violence

Updated 31 March 2014, 14:49 AEST

Myanmar has begun its first United Nations-backed census in 30 years.

Former PNG minister sentenced over misappropriation of funds

Updated 28 March 2014, 18:32 AEST

Papua New Guinea's former planning minister Paul Tiensten has been sentenced to a jail sentence of nine years of hard labour.

i-Land X-isle endurance performance  2013 Towards the Morning Sun  Exhibition, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Re-interpreting Pacific traditions in contemporary art practice.

Updated 7 April 2014, 11:05 AEST

Sydney-based performance artist Latai Taumoepeau draws from her Tongan heritage to create contemporary work of universal resonance

Kate Ceberano - Life, music and a Pacific heritage

Kate Ceberano - Life, music and a Pacific heritage

Updated 28 March 2014, 15:39 AEST
One of Australia's favourite singer-songwriters, Kate Ceberano, releases warts and all autobiography, 'I'm Talking'. 

Fiji faces major battle to retain IRB Hong Kong Sevens title

Updated 28 March 2014, 9:35 AEST

Fiji enters this weekend's IRB Rugby Seven in Hong Kong as defending champions but they are expected to face tough competition to retain the title.

Blame game in Nauru over Bendigo Bank's service downgrade

Updated 27 March 2014, 19:27 AEST

The blame game continues between the Nauru government and the country's opposition, with each blaming the other for Bendigo Banks decision to downgrade its sevices on the island.

WHO records new Asia milestone in fight against polio

Updated 1 April 2014, 14:24 AEST

The World Health Organisation says Southeast Asia is on track to being declared polio-free.

Fiji media authority complains about ABC reporter

Updated 27 March 2014, 10:36 AEST

Fiji's media authority is going to set up a unit to monitor the way media outlets report on the election campaign.

Former AFL legend Shane Crawford talks about life after footy

Former AFL legend Shane Crawford talks about life after footy

Updated 26 March 2014, 14:53 AEST

A new series of children's books with football themes have been co-authored by former AFL player and Brownlow medallist, Shane Crawford.   

Gomyo and Grigoryan play a double Paganini delight

Gomyo and Grigoryan play a double Paganini delight

Updated 25 March 2014, 17:02 AEST

World renowned musicians, violinist Karen Gomyo and Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan put their talents on show with a performance of Paganini's - Centone di Sonate for violin and guitar.

Indonesia's influence on police development in East Timor

Updated 26 March 2014, 13:33 AEST

Fourteen years after its establishment, East Timor's police force is still striving for greater professionalism and effective policing.

SPREP tracking Pacific turtles

Updated 26 March 2014, 11:53 AEST

For many nature lovers it might seem like the ideal job - keeping track of turtles across the Pacific.

Lisa Hilli at Australia Museum (Courtesy of Yvonne Carillo-Huffman)

Artist calls for community consultation when displaying culturally sensitive artefacts

Updated 28 March 2014, 17:00 AEST

Public display of taboo artefacts is a complex challenge for museums and galleries, further complicated by the digitisation of collections on the web.

India's hijras remain on the political edge despite electoral reform

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:34 AEST

For the first time, India's transgender community is to be officially recognised in the country's electoral process.

PNG Police brutality video to be investigated

Updated 24 March 2014, 18:18 AEST

Papua New Guinea Police have announced an investigation in to an internet video apparently showing police setting dogs on a man.

Blood Generation: Sami standing in front of earth moving machine at Bougainville's Panguna Mine, photo courtesy of Taloi Havini

Giving a voice to Bougainville youth

Updated 28 March 2014, 10:44 AEST

Bougainville-born artist Taloi Havini discusses her concerns about the "Blood Generation" at the 2014 Contemporary Pacific Arts Symposium.

Kajang tick of approval for Malaysian Opposition

Updated 24 March 2014, 13:53 AEST

Malaysia's opposition Parti Keadilan has won the Kajang by-election as expected, but with a reduced margin.

Sam Rainsy in studio with Phil

Sam Rainsy to consider amnesty for Hun Sen

Updated 24 March 2014, 15:43 AEST

Cambodia's opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, says he will consider granting Hun Sen an amnesty, when and if the prime minister steps down.

Dear Leader as director - North Korea's propaganda films

Updated 21 March 2014, 13:45 AEST

It's not often that North Korea's late dictator aka 'the Dear Leader' Kim Jong-Il gets good press outside of Pyongyang.

Drying cocoa beans on Malekula

Australian chocolate makers link with Vanuatu farmers

21 March 2014, 13:08 AEST

Cocoa farmers in Vanuatu could benefit greatly from the growing international demand for high quality, premium chocolate.  

Samoa's great hope plots the downfall of world heavyweight champion

Updated 21 March 2014, 10:52 AEST

The Samoan-born Australian boxer, Alex Leapai, is counting down the days to his world heavy-weight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Germany next month.

Rehearsal for Epeli Hau'Ofa inaugural International Dance Festival

Fiji hosts first International Dance Festival

Updated 25 March 2014, 8:46 AEST

Fiji's inaugural International Dance Festival honours the vision of  Pacific writer Epeli Hau'ofa

Australian lawyer arrives at Manus inquiry saying he represents detainees

Updated 20 March 2014, 18:15 AEST

Today the Human Rights Inquiry into the Manus Island Asylum Seeker Detention Centre has heard more evidence from detainees.

BJP woos Indian voters with big infrastructure plans

Updated 20 March 2014, 13:39 AEST

Opposition leader and possibly India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi has chosen to stand in the holy city of Varanasi.

Australian PM heads to PNG for talks with his counterpart

Updated 20 March 2014, 12:56 AEST

Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will be the focus of talks between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his PNG counterpart, Peter O'Neill, later today.

Cockatoo in Renaissance painting baffles historians

Cockatoo in Italian Renaissance painting baffles historians

Updated 20 March 2014, 16:38 AEST

The presence of an Australasian native bird in an Italian painting from the year 1496 has made historians rethink their understanding of 15th century trading routes.

An excavation site at Anahena for study of chicken bones' DNA

Chicken bones reveal early Pacific migration movements

Updated 20 March 2014, 9:58 AEST

A new study led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) sheds light on the early migration of people in the Pacific through the use of ancient chicken bones.

Human rights inquiry continues on Manus Island

Updated 19 March 2014, 20:15 AEST

On Manus Island in Papua New Guinea hearings have continued at the Human Rights Inquiry into conditions at the Australian run asylum seeker detention and processing centre.

Sam Rainsy blames corruption for illegal Vietnamese migration

Updated 19 March 2014, 14:23 AEST

Cambodia's Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has denied fomenting hatred towards ethnic Vietnamese in his country.

Barry Ryan and Barry Ryan Eloise 2 cover

When Barry Ryan met Barry Ryan, thanks to a Tax Office mistake

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:39 AEST

What happens when two people with the same name meet as a result of a mix up by the Tax Department?  They record a song together that was originally a huge hit for one of them back in the sixties, of course!

Nauru opposition says MP marriage will provide rule of law test

Updated 19 March 2014, 11:14 AEST

A senior member of Nauru's opposition says the Australian and New Zealand governments have to stop pussy-footing around over the issue of judicial independence on the island.

Cambodian Opposition threatens talks walkout

Updated 18 March 2014, 13:47 AEST

Cambodia's Opposition has threatened to abandon talks on breaking a seven-month political deadlock, unless Prime Minister Hun Sen showed some 'goodwill'.

Veteran activist to lead Thailand's Red Shirts in counter protests

Updated 17 March 2014, 14:24 AEST

Supporters of embattled Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra are threatening to counter anti-government protestors who have disrupted key parts of Bangkok for months.

PNG Hunters win third match in a row

Updated 17 March 2014, 10:25 AEST

The march of the PNG Hunters rugby league team continues.

PNG court to decide legality of destruction of parliamentary carvings

Updated 14 March 2014, 19:13 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Court is hearing a case which will decide if the destruction of carved heads on the lintel of Papua New Guinea's National Parliament was legal or not.

Aussie farm boy performs the Hajj - an account by Nicholas Hughes

Updated 14 March 2014, 13:27 AEST

Performing the Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Nauru opposition unhappy with Chief Justice resignation

Updated 13 March 2014, 18:06 AEST

Dr Kieren Keke was Minister for foreign affairs at the time Justice Geoffrey Eames was appointed as Nauru's Chief Justice.

Fresh and sustainable development models needed

Updated 13 March 2014, 13:03 AEST

India's rush towards development has come at a cost.

Under-reporting common in dengue fever outbreak: WHO

Updated 13 March 2014, 10:49 AEST

The World Health Organisation says under-reporting is a common problem in any dengue outbreak and the current epidemic in Fiji is no exception.

Cyclone Lusi expected to strengthen to Category 3

Updated 12 March 2014, 18:20 AEST

Cyclone Lusi continues to track towards Fiji and is expected to increase to Category Three.

Rohingya camps facing dire conditions after medical pullout

Updated 12 March 2014, 13:50 AEST

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar still lack health care two weeks after the government ordered the international medical charity MSF to leave Rakhine State.

Human traffickers fuel false passport trade

Updated 11 March 2014, 13:37 AEST

The missing Malaysian Airlines flight captured world headlines, and while terrorism has not been confirmed, it is known that two passengers were travelling on false passports.

Japan cuts to bluefin tuna won't impact Pacific stocks, says FFA

Updated 11 March 2014, 10:05 AEST

Reports from Tokyo suggest that Japan is planning to slash the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna its fishing fleet takes from the Northern Pacific by half when compared to its average catch during the years 2002-2004.

Pacific Chief Justices condemn Nauru's actions

Updated 11 March 2014, 10:30 AEST

The Pacific region's Chief Justices have condemned the Nauru government for sacking resident magistrate Peter Law and for cancelling Justice Geoffrey Eames visa earlier this year.

Anwar defence team set to take sodomy conviction to Federal Court

Updated 10 March 2014, 13:43 AEST

Malaysia's opposition has announced that Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will replace her husband, Anwar Ibrahim, as Parti Keadilan's candidate in the Kajang by-election.

PNG Hunters intensity secures first home win

Updated 10 March 2014, 9:44 AEST

The dream start for the PNG Hunters continues in the Queensland Cup.

Fijian activist named as a international woman of courage

Updated 7 March 2014, 18:18 AEST

Fijian youth activist and political hopeful Roshika Deo has been named as an "International Woman of Courage".

Missing Lao activist's wife speaks out, appeals for information

Updated 7 March 2014, 13:43 AEST

The wife of abducted Lao rights advocate Sombath Somphone has called on Australia to help maintain the pressure on Laos to do more to resolve the case.

Lucille Sain from Chuuk, FSM

Voices of young women need to be heard, says Micronesian youth leader

Updated 11 March 2014, 9:53 AEST

Youth leader and Red Cross volunteer Lucille Sain was inspired into leadership after she attending a national youth conference on her home island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Linda Ningo from East New Britain

Culture and study: Life as an international student in Australia

Updated 7 March 2014, 15:59 AEST

Being an international student in Australia is about more than just studying, it's also about getting to know the Australian culture and lifestyle, says Papua New Guinean student Linda Ningo. 

No charges one year after Fiji Police torture video

Updated 6 March 2014, 20:30 AEST

One year after a video showing Fiji police apparently torturing two prisoners was released on the internet, no one has been charged for it.

Dengue fever hits Vanuatu hard

Updated 6 March 2014, 10:32 AEST

Vanuatu's Health Department has confirmed there are between 100 and 150 new cases of dengue fever each week.

New Fiji military commander says election result will be respected

Updated 5 March 2014, 17:46 AEST

Fiji's new military commander says the army will respect the result of the elections later this year, regardless of which party wins.

Children in Laos vulnerable to unexploded bombs

Updated 5 March 2014, 13:13 AEST

Forty years since the end of the Vietnam War, unexploded bombs are still causing harm in Laos.

State of emergency declared in Marshalls after king tides

Updated 5 March 2014, 11:38 AEST

A state of emergency has been declared in Marshall Islands after the capital Majuro was inundated by king tides.

New Fiji military commander is Col Tikoitoga

Updated 4 March 2014, 18:08 AEST

Fiji's new military commander has been named.

Fiji stadium ruled 'unfit' for OFC Champions League

Updated 4 March 2014, 11:51 AEST

The President of the Fiji FA, Rajesh Patel, says the local authority in Nadi was warned it was at risk of losing hosting rights for six OFC Champions League matches in April.

East Timor's draft press law under fire

Updated 4 March 2014, 13:31 AEST

Journalists and civil rights groups in East Timor have criticised the government's planned media law.

Allegations of judicial interference with Nauru pardon of arsonist

Updated 3 March 2014, 17:51 AEST

A Nauru opposition MP has condemned a decision by president Baron Waqa to pardon a convicted arsonist, describing it as the latest instance of government interference in the judicial system.

North Korea to free detained Australian missionary

Updated 3 March 2014, 13:42 AEST

North Korea says it's decided to expel Australian missionary John Short.

PNG Hunters beat Redcliffe Dolphins in Queensland Cup opener

Updated 3 March 2014, 10:13 AEST

After all the hype and all the build-up, the Hunters have delivered for rugby league crazy Papua New Guinea.

Delilah Gore is PNG's second woman in parliament

Delilah Gore appointment paves way for more PNG women in politics

Updated 3 March 2014, 12:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea has made history with two women becoming cabinet ministers. A minor cabinet reshuffle by PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has led to the appointment of Delilah Gore as the Minister for Higher Education.  

Tropical depression heading towards Tonga

Updated 28 February 2014, 19:35 AEST

The tropical depression that's been drenching Fiji over the past few days is now heading towards Tonga.

All aboard! Cambodia has another go at embracing the public bus

Updated 28 February 2014, 14:11 AEST

Cambodia is for a second time experimenting with a public bus service in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Fiji Met Bureau watching offshore weather pattern

Updated 27 February 2014, 18:14 AEST

Fiji is still being hit hard by heavy rain and storm conditions as a tropical depression off its coast continues to threaten to expand to a Tropical cyclone.

India's politicians navigate a fast-changing voter landscape

Updated 27 February 2014, 14:35 AEST

The US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has met with Opposition leader and chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi.

Chaos reigns in Vanuatu politics, again.

Updated 28 February 2014, 9:52 AEST

It is still uncertain who will be the Prime Minister of Vanuatu next week.

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