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Faith healing turns deadly in PNG

Updated 22 July 2014, 17:22 AEST

In Papua New Guinea revivalist churches are promoting prayer as a substitute for HIV/AIDS medication according to human rights groups.

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AIDS 2014 conference underway in Melbourne

Updated 22 July 2014, 9:44 AEST

With the AIDS 2014 conference officially underway in Melbourne delegates and officials have been hearing about both the science and social impacts of the disease.

World AIDS Day rally in Jakarta, 2010 (photo from flickr by nSeika)

Indonesia lifting anti-HIV game, says health minister

Updated 21 July 2014, 14:27 AEST

Indonesia's Health minister says the nation's response to HIV and AIDS is heading in the right direction.

Mystery surrounds Bainimarama's Australia visit

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

Mystery surrounds reports that Fiji's military-backed Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama will visit Australia next month.

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Kingston reggae given a Fiji flavour

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:59 AEST

Wilo Raffian Smooth has been producing reggae riddims from an early age and brings a distinct Fijian sound to the music he creates.

First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Outrage AIDS Film Festival 2014, July 18-21. Curated by Edwin J Bernard (HIV Justice Network) and ACMI. (Credit: Outrage AIDS Film Festival 2014)

Film Festival of Outrage - HIV stories with a human face

Updated 17 July 2014, 19:32 AEST

In the lead up to the AIDS 2014 global conference hosted by Melbourne next week, 10 powerful films will be screened over three nights.

Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja meets Sister Doreen in Honiara, Dec 2013

Australia hosting dialogue in Tonga to support Pacific women

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:52 AEST

Women's economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, and enhancing women's leadership opportunities will be canvassed at a dialogue headed by Australia in Tonga tomorrow.

Breaching whale photo courtesy of Marc Oremus

New smartphone application helps data collection on marine mammals

Updated 17 July 2014, 11:51 AEST

Newly launched smartphone application MObI helps collect information on marine mammals sightings in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. 

Power, communications hit as typhoon batters Philippines

Updated 16 July 2014, 14:02 AEST

Thousands of people in the Philippines have fled their homes, as the strongest typhoon so far this year, made landfall.

SIDS summit theme song reflects hope of positive outcome

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:29 AEST

There is a lot of hope that the third United Nations Small Islands Developing States summit beginning in Samoa in just over six weeks will lead to a more propserous future for small island state people.

Fiji sex worker report released

Updated 15 July 2014, 17:01 AEST

The "Integrated Behavioural and Biological Survey and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji: HIV Prevention Project" report was launched this morning.

WWF warns Southern Bluefin catch unsustainable

Updated 14 July 2014, 8:17 AEST

The World Wildlife Fund is urging Pacific fisheries to halve their catching limits to preserve Bluefin tuna stocks for the long term.

Charges expected after Vanuatu ferry sinking

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

An overloaded passenger ferry only took a minute to sink to a depth of 350 metres in Vanuatu in the early hours of this morning.

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Texting improves English literacy in study of Aboriginal kids

Updated 11 July 2014, 15:22 AEST

Many parents are worried at seeing their children make shortcuts in English when they use their phones to text.

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West Papuan vocalist mixes music with a message

Updated 11 July 2014, 14:45 AEST

Lea Rumwaropen is a Melbourne based vocalist and member of the band Tabura who moved to Australia from West Papua as a child.

Outcome of Afghanistan's second round presidential poll still in doubt

Updated 11 July 2014, 11:34 AEST

In Afghanistan, the outcome of last month's second-round presidential poll is still being challenged.

Change of government likely as Cook Islands PM fights for his seat

Updated 11 July 2014, 8:28 AEST

There's to be a change of government in Cook Islands after yesterday's election.

Cook Islands goes to the polls

Updated 10 July 2014, 17:33 AEST

The polls are due to close shortly in Cook Islands 2014 national elections.

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Figures favour Joko Widodo as Indonesia's next President

Updated 10 July 2014, 13:41 AEST

Indonesia's presidential poll is unlikely to be declared until the Electoral Commission formally announces a winner on July 22nd.

John Eteuati with his biomass wood stove oven in Samoa

Fuel-efficient stove reduces smoke while capturing traditional Samoan flavours

Updated 10 July 2014, 10:41 AEST

Three prototypes of a new fuel efficient cooking stove have been launched this month in Samoa.

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Giant squid fishery shows promise in the Pacific

Updated 10 July 2014, 9:13 AEST

There could be a new fishing industry taking hold in the Pacific in the next few months.

Indonesian presidential poll goes down to the wire

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Millions of Indonesians are going to the polls today to elect a new president, paving the way for the first handover of power from one directly elected president to another.

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East Timor's first film highlights one woman's experience of war

Updated 10 July 2014, 10:52 AEST

Beatriz's War is the story of one woman's drive to remain true to the man she loves and the country she fought for.

Peter Singer with Phil Kafcaloudes

Peter Singer: Charities and other ethical dilemmas

Updated 9 July 2014, 10:01 AEST
Famous ethicist Peter Singer doesn't believe Australians are becoming less charitable, but he believes there could be a better focus on making those gifts more effective.

 

Samoa following Aust & NZ in Head of State appointment - PM

Updated 9 July 2014, 10:48 AEST

Samoa is changing the way it appoints its Head of State.

PNG students riot over national politics

Updated 8 July 2014, 19:11 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's been a clash between students, some in support of him being charged over allegations of corruption, and others who support him.

Naidoc National Poster 2014 by artist Harry Alfred Pitt

NAIDOC week honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in Australia's defence forces

Updated 8 July 2014, 15:40 AEST

Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond is the theme of NAIDOC week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of indigenous Australians.

Iglese Ete rehearsal in Honiara

Solomon Islands inaugural mass choral festival opens in Honiara

Updated 8 July 2014, 12:29 AEST

Over 300 high school students are taking part in the first ever annual High Schools Choral Festival

Australia and Japan cement defence and trade ties

Updated 8 July 2014, 11:36 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Australia for the first visit by a Japanese leader in seven years.

Amelia Earhart is flying around the world.

Amelia Earhart takes to the skies

Updated 7 July 2014, 15:48 AEST

It might sound too bizarre to be true but Amelia Earhart is currently circumnavigating the globe in a single engine plane. How could it be?

Cleaning up public transport in Manila, beginning with jeepneys

Updated 7 July 2014, 15:56 AEST

Manila's iconic jeepneys could soon become a thing of the past.  Electric shuttles will soon replace them as the city's main form of public transport.

Djokovic overcomes Federer in Wimbledown spectacular

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:38 AEST

In a spectacular final at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic has beaten Roger Federer.

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Confessions of a flight attendant

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:59 AEST

It's always regarded as a glamorous job, but being a flight attendant is demanding - on the body and the soul.

Chinese and Indian space satellites help region's drought forecasting

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:16 AEST

A United Nations initiative is strengthening drought monitoring and early warning in the Asia Pacific region, with the help of China and India.

Urgent measures needed to curb population growth in Kiribati: UN

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:51 AEST

Kiribati is overcrowded.

Child abuse largely ignored in parts of Asia: Catholic Father in Thailand

3 July 2014, 15:09 AEST

Child abuse issues within the Catholic community are once again making news in Australia. 

Cambodian Heritage Plundered (Credit: Robert Carmichael, Phnom Penh)

Systematic plundering of Cambodia's cultural heritage

Updated 3 July 2014, 14:35 AEST

New research on Cambodia has shown that since 1970, Cambodia's rich cultural heritage was repeatedly plundered by military and organized crime.

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Fukushima taiko drummers to perform thank you concert in Hawaii

3 July 2014, 11:52 AEST

When the Tohoku region of Japan was devasted by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster back in 2011 it's not surprising that the people of Maui, Hawaii's second largest island, dug deep in their pockets and hearts to help the people affected.   

Sri Lankan Muslims' concerns over violence during Ramadan

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:43 AEST

A hard line Sri Lankan Buddhist group is seeking an explanation from the United States after the visa of the group's leader was cancelled.

PNG Prime Minister arrest warrant upheld

Updated 1 July 2014, 16:20 AEST

A court in Papua New Guinea has dismissed an attempt to stop an arrest warrant against the Prime Minister.

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Solomon Islands theatre group international premiere in Port Moresby

Updated 1 July 2014, 13:56 AEST

Solomon Islands all-women theatre group 'Stages Of Change' breaks new ground at the Festival of Melanesian Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea

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Brazilian, Australian and Chinese: A Dining Room Tale by David Chong

Updated 1 July 2014, 12:57 AEST

Australian David Chong has invited the public for an intimate experience where he will cook, sing and entertain with stories from his colourful life.

Space on a budget: India's low-cost success story

Updated 1 July 2014, 11:19 AEST

India's Prime Minister has used the launch of a home-grown rocket to endorse the country's space program as the most cost-effective in the world.

Moves to abolish leases on PNG customary land cautiously welcomed

Updated 1 July 2014, 10:44 AEST

Community organisations and experts on PNG affairs have welcomed the government's announcement it would abolish the Special Agricultural Business Leases.

Former Fiji PM Chaudhry will know his fate next week

Updated 30 June 2014, 16:40 AEST

The future of Fiji Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry will be determined by the courts next week.

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Take your time: Ken Duncan's life journey through photographs

Updated 30 June 2014, 18:49 AEST

Australian photographer Ken Duncan is passionate about photography but says too many people today snap photos in a hurry and fail to print them.

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Landmark Tropics report points to growth and challenges

Updated 1 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

A three-year collaboration on a major study of the Tropics has been launched in Myanmar.

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Tobacco Free Pacific program to launch in Solomon Islands

Updated 1 July 2014, 9:10 AEST

The World Health Organisation is about to join governments from across the Pacific in a major drive to reduce smoking.

PNG Police officer arrested over toddler death on Manus Island

Updated 27 June 2014, 18:53 AEST

A police officer on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has been arrested and charged over a fatal traffic accident.

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Papua New Guinea percussionist explains why music is his weapon

Updated 27 June 2014, 12:43 AEST

Growing up in Gaba Gaba in the Central Province of PNG, internationally renowned mulit-instrumentalist Airi Ingram was heavily influenced by the songs of his Mother and later, the musical friends of his father.

Llena Munau singing at the Pawa Meri series launch at the University of Goroka

Bougainville film-maker celebrates women's role in reconciliation process

Updated 27 June 2014, 10:57 AEST

Bougainville film director Llane Munau documents the leading role of Sister Lorraine Garasu as a peacemaker in new documentary series Pawa Meri.

Suspended Nauru MPs accused of treason

Updated 26 June 2014, 17:20 AEST

The Speaker of Nauru's parliament has reportedly accused five suspended MPs of high treason for their comments to the international media.

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John Lever: Kissed by a croc

Updated 2 July 2014, 17:57 AEST

A crocodile hunter and conservationist who runs a crocodile farm in Queensland says he found a love for the aquatic reptiles while working in PNG.

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PNG women star in Pawa Meri documentary series

Updated 27 June 2014, 11:09 AEST

New PNG-made documentary series Pawa Meri showcases women's instrumental role in community development

Woman taking HIV drugs - Sukree Sukplang - Reuters

'Super-duper' antibody may pave way to HIV vaccine

Updated 26 June 2014, 14:01 AEST

One of Australia's leading authorities on HIV AIDS says huge advancements have taken place in HIV treatment over the past ten years, even though there's still no cure or vaccine.

Two girls taking a selfie - Margaret Burin

UN looking for Pacific selfies

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:56 AEST

Selfies are a relatively new phenomena - that's when you take a photograph of yourself using your smart phone.

PNG landowners will get their their land back this week says lands dept boss

Updated 25 June 2014, 18:35 AEST

EX-RN-SYD Hundreds of thousands of traditional landowners in Papua New Guinea will get their land back this week.

Alistair Bayley at Radio Australia

A Melbourne student's love of languages opens doors to the UN

Updated 27 June 2014, 17:14 AEST

A young Melbourne student is on his way to New York to speak at the United Nations after winning an essay writing competition.

Child labourer - Rupak De Chowdhur - Reuters

Children in rural Vietnam vulnerable to labour recruiters

Updated 25 June 2014, 13:40 AEST

Children in Vietnam as young as eleven are working up to eighteen hours a day, often in harsh and abusive conditions.

Charles Moses and Yoshinori Maeda (central) with two other delegates at the inaugural ABU conference in 1964.

Close Ties, United Voices: Broadcasting in the Asia Pacific over 50 years

Updated 10 July 2014, 14:40 AEST

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. The union is driven by the Asia Pacific values of harmony and collaboration to promote the collective interests of 260 television and radio broadcast members from 63 countries.

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NZ no to seabed mining a cautionary tale for the Pacific

Updated 25 June 2014, 13:54 AEST

New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority has torpedoed a proposal for the first seabed mining venture off the coast of Taranaki.

Protesters defy police in Port Moresby

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:31 AEST

Protesters in Papua New Guinea have defied a police ban and staged a demonstration in Port Moresby over corruption allegations against the country's Prime Minister.

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Malaysia's 'Allah' ruling is religion politicised - Kitingan

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:40 AEST

Malaysia's highest court has dismissed a bid by Christians the right to use the word 'Allah'.

New Zealand Rugby joins UNICEF in bringing sport to children

Updated 24 June 2014, 11:35 AEST

The All Blacks have a new job - working with UNICEF to raise funds and awareness and tackle problems that affect the most disadvantaged children in the world.

More senior PNG police suspended

Updated 23 June 2014, 16:48 AEST

Another member of PNG's police leadership was suspended at the weekend.

Sacked PNG AG has his say

Updated 20 June 2014, 19:09 AEST

Our PNG correspondent Liam Cochrane has just come out of a press conference with Kerenga Kua who was sacked from his position as Attorney-General by Mr O'Neill earlier this week.

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Updated 21 July 2014, 12:47 AEST

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. The union is driven by the Asia Pacific values of harmony and collaboration to promote the collective interests of 260 television and radio broadcast members from 63 countries. 

Vanuatu health workers warn of backyard abortion dangers

Updated 20 June 2014, 9:34 AEST

Across the Pacific, birth rates - particularly amongst teenage girls - are some of the highest in the world.

Abdullahi Ibrahim and Mohamed Nur

Stop calling me a refugee!

Updated 20 June 2014, 14:13 AEST

There’s rarely a dull story behind a person’s refugee journey but for many, the time to stop calling them a refugee starts now.  

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'Knitted Knockers' provide comfort to breast cancer survivors

Updated 27 June 2014, 18:14 AEST

A unique charity knit progam called 'Knitted Knockers Australia' is providing free knitted prosthetic breasts to breast cancer survivors.

Afghanistan poll in doubt as Abdullah Abdullah cries foul

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:49 AEST

In Afghanistan, leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has demanded an immediate stop to vote-counting, alleging widespread fraud.

Socceroos out of World Cup contention

Updated 19 June 2014, 10:49 AEST

The Netherlands has moved into the World Cup last 16 with a breathless, come from behind 3-2 win over Australia.

PNG PM disbands corruption squad Task Force Sweep

Updated 18 June 2014, 17:58 AEST

We're heading back to Port Moresby now where our PNG correspondent has just left a press conference with the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Predictaroo makes a psychic prediction

Is Predictaroo Australia's best chance of World Cup glory?

Updated 27 June 2014, 18:13 AEST

A Grey Eastern Kangaroo is the latest animal oracle to pick the winners of the 2014 World Cup.

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Vanuatu DJ uses hip hop and beat box to engage with Melanesian youth

Updated 18 June 2014, 15:00 AEST

Local Remedy is a Vanuatu born DJ and producer who not only produces music for creative pleasure, he also uses it as a way to tap into the issues relating to youth and life in Melanesia.

Sri Lanka's weak response to anti-Muslim thuggery

Updated 18 June 2014, 11:31 AEST

There's renewed violence Sri Lanka's south-west, where Buddhist mobs have looted and burned businesses and homes in several Muslim towns.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits the Philippines, February 2014

Australia to overhaul aid program

Updated 18 June 2014, 14:37 AEST

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister is set to outline a substantial overhaul of Australia's foreign aid program.

PNG PM announces inquiry into Paraka corruption scandal

Updated 17 June 2014, 18:17 AEST

It's been another dramatic day in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby.

Cambodian worker exodus from Thailand

Updated 17 June 2014, 12:28 AEST

Thailand's government has denied claims its military is pushing out Cambodian migrant workers from Cambodia, amid a crackdown on foreign labour.

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Pilot error contributes to PNG crash

Updated 17 June 2014, 13:50 AEST

A report has found pilot error contributed to one of PNG's worst aviation disasters.

Arrest Warrant served on PNG Prime Minister

Updated 16 June 2014, 18:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has been served an arrest warrant in relation to a fraud case by the country's anti-corruption body.

Afghanistan presidential runoff poll too opaque to call

Updated 16 June 2014, 12:44 AEST

Counting is underway in Afghanistan's run-off presidential election.

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England favoured to beat South Africa: Jonah Lomu

Updated 16 June 2014, 11:09 AEST

The International Rugby Board Junior World Championship 2014 final will be held in Auckland on Friday, and see defending champions England play South Africa.

Australian Commandoes buried in PNG 69 years after their deaths

Updated 13 June 2014, 17:25 AEST

The remains of two Australian Army commandoes have been buried in Papua New Guinea 69 years after they were killed during World War Two.

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Kicking goals from Borroloola to Brazil

Updated 13 June 2014, 14:25 AEST

A group of young and promising Aboriginal soccer players from Northern Territory are in Brazil for  the FIFA World Cup

Paulo Silas speaks with Phil Kafcaloudes

Paulo Silas wants Brazilian World Cup revenge

Updated 12 June 2014, 15:53 AEST
Sixty-four years is a long time to wait for revenge, but a Brazilian World Cup hero believes this is the year Brazil can fight back to win the World Cup in their home country, although he doesn't believe anyone should underestimate smaller teams such as Australia.  
 
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Misogyny in India: unlearning attitudes towards women

Updated 13 June 2014, 12:43 AEST

Sexual violence against women is often put down to misogyny and male attitudes of entitlement and impunity.

Abbott dodging the real issue with climate change - Tong

Updated 13 June 2014, 10:43 AEST

The impact of climate change on Kiribati, Tuvalu and Marshall Islands has already gone beyond the point of no return in the view of Kiribati's president Anote Tong.

EU issues "yellow cards" and threatens import bans over illegal fishing

Updated 12 June 2014, 17:09 AEST

The European Union has issued yellow cards to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea for not acting sufficiently to fight illegal fishing.

Media olive branch: PM Hun Sen offers TV licence to Opposition

Updated 12 June 2014, 13:35 AEST

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has used a speech to increase the pressure on the opposition to return to the parliament.

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EU threatens to ban tuna imports from PNG

Updated 12 June 2014, 13:06 AEST

The European Union is threatening to ban tuna imports from Papua New Guinea because it is failing to ensure the sustainability of tuna fishing in its waters.

Amnesty International slams Porgera crackdown

Updated 11 June 2014, 17:46 AEST

The human rights group Amnesty International has condemned a police crackdown on illegal miners in Papua New Guinea.

Archie Roach, who along with Colin Hay, feature on a new album out on the Putumayo World Music label

Australian music greats reach for the world

Updated 13 June 2014, 6:25 AEST

Colin Hay and Archie Roach, two of the greats of Australian music have teamed up for a new album of World Music. Colin Hay, well-known from his role in Men at Work, and Archie Roach, singer, songwriter and guitarist are reknowned in their own right.

Thai nationals overseas on junta watch list

Updated 11 June 2014, 13:26 AEST

Thailand's new military government has recalled 22 Thai ambassadors and consul-generals for a meeting today.

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New taxes on sugar, salt and fat to help Tonga rein in obesity

Updated 11 June 2014, 14:13 AEST

The Tongan Ministry of Health says better data and research will help to tackle the country's obesity epidemic.

Australian man injured at PNG's Porgera gold mine

Updated 10 June 2014, 16:55 AEST

An Australian man working for gold mining company Barrick has been flown out of Papua New Guinea's Enga provice for medical treatment, after being stabbed in the neck with an iron rod.

This Jetstream 32 is part of the Dutch fleet from AIS Airlines.

Tonga to replace troubled MA60 plane

Updated 18 June 2014, 14:05 AEST
Real Tonga Airlines has purchased two Jetstream 32 aeroplanes and will cease to fly its troubled MA60, according to the general manager of the Tongan Tourism Authority. At least one plane is due to arrive as early as next week. 
 

Fijian student scholarship reinstated

Updated 9 June 2014, 17:57 AEST

In Fiji a university student has had his government scholarship reinstated after it was stripped from him for becoming involved in politics.

Army soldiers in DR Congo - Junior D Kannah - AFP

Great need to protect women in conflict zones - CARE Australia

Updated 10 June 2014, 11:59 AEST

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict opens in London this week.

PNG constitutional changes causing concern

Updated 6 June 2014, 17:15 AEST

Two changes to Papua New Guinea's constitution are causing a lot of concern in the Pacific nation.

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Vietnamese food blends flavours from its neighbours

Updated 6 June 2014, 14:55 AEST

The tastes and smells of Vietnamese food have made their way around the world with staples like pho bo (beef noodle soup) and spring rolls. But food in Vietnam continues to change and adapt to demands of its modern-day consumers.

PNG pegs currency to US dollar

Updated 6 June 2014, 11:29 AEST

Papua New Guinea's central bank has moved to peg the local currency, the kina, to the American dollar.

Natano Pasifika (courtesy of Sarah Doyle, Further Arts)

Sharing Pacific music traditions in Mozambique

Updated 5 June 2014, 17:38 AEST

A group of six musicians from Vanuatu and New Caledonia return from music development workshops in Mozambique.

NZ Labour says John Key is telling Immigration policy "porkies" to the Pacific

Updated 5 June 2014, 17:11 AEST

New Zealand's national government is being accused of telling "porkies" and scaremongering by claiming the country's Labour Party wants to reign in immigration.

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Making childbirth less deadly in developing countries

Updated 5 June 2014, 13:36 AEST

Every day about 800 women around the world die from the complications of childbirth. One of the big causes is the mothers bleeding after birth.

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Should Japan's anti-child porn law include manga and anime?

Updated 5 June 2014, 14:48 AEST

Japan is expected to pass long-awaited legislation this month banning the possession of child pornography.

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Jane Goodall takes up the cause of Australian dingoes

Updated 5 June 2014, 15:31 AEST

Dr Jane Goodall, once dubbed 'the woman who redefined man', has changed perceptions of primates, people, and the connection between the two. 

Diarrhoea outbreak in Solomons killing children

Updated 4 June 2014, 17:07 AEST

Solomon Islands health officials are racing to control a national outbreak of diarrhoea, that so far has killed at least 16 children.

MQM arrest in London raises tension in Karachi

Updated 4 June 2014, 12:34 AEST

One of Pakistan's most controversial political figures has been arrested in London, under suspicion of money laundering.

Captain cook ( Photo Gilda Gateble)

The amazing story of New Caledonia's ornamental plants

Updated 4 June 2014, 12:49 AEST

There is growing interest in New Caledonia for ornamental native plants and their economic potential.

Oil Search HIV/AIDS program in PNG applauded by expert

Updated 4 June 2014, 11:29 AEST

One of Australia's leading HIV/AIDS researchers is hailing the HIV program being run by the private company Oil Search in Papua New Guinea as a model that could be adapted and used elsewhere in the Pacific.

Pacific reaction to Obama's carbon emissions cuts

Updated 4 June 2014, 11:38 AEST

Scientists in the Pacific have welcomed US President Barack Obama's intention to take a global lead on climate change.

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Aiding community health in remote central Myanmar

Updated 3 June 2014, 12:34 AEST

Central Myanmar has some of the region's poorest communities, who have to cope with drought and natural disasters.

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Sacred gods from Polynesia gathered at the National Gallery of Australia

Updated 6 June 2014, 15:08 AEST

The exhibition "Atua: Sacred gods from Polynesia", on display in Canberra, explores Polynesian ancestral beliefs and their ongoing influence.  

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UNICEF: Children in detention gross abuse of rights

Updated 3 June 2014, 12:57 AEST

UNICEF says conditions for children in PNG and Nauru detention centres are a gross abuse of rights for children.

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Could access to light be the key to good health?

Updated 3 June 2014, 13:18 AEST

New studies suggest getting enough daylight might increase our well-being.

India's new PM Modi vows to get tough on criminal rape

Updated 2 June 2014, 12:41 AEST

Two police officers in India have been sacked for refusing to help find two missing teenage girls who were gang raped and murdered.

Plan condemns Australia's treatment of children in Nauru detention

Updated 2 June 2014, 9:42 AEST

Children's rights organisation and international NGO, Plan International Australia says no special protection is being provided to the almost 200 children being held in the Australian immigration detention centre in Nauru.

Cockfight in Manila - Adrees Latif - Reuters

Cockfighting in the Philippines - passion, bloodshed, desire and death

Updated 3 June 2014, 12:48 AEST

Cockfighting is a multi-million dollar business in the Philippines, and it is said to be growing across the country.

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Samantha Clark: a rising star with proud PNG roots

Updated 30 May 2014, 16:03 AEST

Cairns based artist Samantha Clarke, who was born and raised in the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea says that growing up in the Islands had a big impact on her singing.

PNG police dismiss Australian Manus Island riot report

Updated 29 May 2014, 12:59 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Deputy Police Commissioner, Simon Kauba, has issued a blunt rebuttal of Australia's review into February's Manus Island detention centre riots, saying it's inconclusive and unhelpful.

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. 

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

hope

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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