Australia and Oceania

Papua New Guinea deploys army to help volcano emergency

KOKOPO, Papua New Guinea (AFP) — Troops have been sent to help thousands of people displaced by a volcanic eruption on a remote archipelago in Papua New Guinea, the prime minister said Friday, as a second volcano erupted. Lava and …

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Wife voices ‘concern’ for Australian missing in N. Korea

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The wife of an Australian man who has gone missing and is feared detained in North Korea said she had no hint that anything was wrong before his disappearance. Japanese Yuka Morinaga, 26, told Australia’s News …

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Thousands flee erupting Papua New Guinea volcano

KOKOPO, Papua New Guinea (AFP) — An erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea that has blanketed a town in ash has forced around 5,000 people from their homes, officials said Thursday. Mount Ulawun — one of the world’s most hazardous …

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Anger erupts with NZ mosque shooting suspect’s demeanor as lawyers enter “not guilty” plea for him

  THE lawyers of the man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks entered not guilty pleas for their client to charges of terrorism, multiple murder and attempted murder in a hearing attended by survivors …

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Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

by Chris FOLEY CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges. Brenton …

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Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbour

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australians enjoying a sunny winter morning were surprised by the sight of three Chinese warships steaming into to Sydney Harbour Monday, forcing the prime minister to reassure jittery residents. Amid heightened concern about Beijing’s growing clout …

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Fiery new Papua New Guinea PM questions vast Exxon, Total gas deal

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AFP) — Former finance minister James Marape was elected Papua New Guinea’s new prime minister Thursday and immediately issued a fiery nationalistic address that put foreign resource companies on notice. The former finance minister threatened …

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US marine dies in Australia training accident

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A United States marine has died in Australia after succumbing to injuries received during a training accident, the force’s commanding officer said Wednesday. Lance Corporal Hans Sandoval-Pereyra was injured during a vehicle accident during the drill …

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Papua New Guinea in crisis as PM stalls resignation

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AFP) — Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill stalled his announced resignation and took legal action to prevent a vote of no confidence Tuesday, deepening the country’s political crisis. The veteran leader launched what …

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First exit polls indicate Labor win in Australian election

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The first exit polls from Australia’s climate-dominated election Saturday showed a victory for the opposition Labor party. A Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the governing Liberal coalition 52-48, which would signal a clear parliamentary majority. …

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Judge orders psychiatric test for Christchurch shooting suspect

  by Chris Foley Agence France Presse CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — The man accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshippers in a Christchurch mosque sat impassively Friday as a New Zealand judge ordered him to undergo tests to determine …

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PM Jacinda Ardern’s address to national ceremony for mosque attack victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — Herewith the text of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s address to a national remembrance ceremony Friday for the 50 Muslims slain by a white supremacist in two Christchurch mosques on March 15: “We gather …

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