Melanesia

Outtakes from the Solomon Islands

Leila Hurst and Torren Martyn score on a SURFER Magazine trip to the South Pacific<p>By

Solomon Islands

Indonesia was supposed to be embracing freedom. What happened? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

It’s been nearly two decades since Indonesian dictator Suharto was toppled in a people-led revolution that was supposed to put the country on the …

News (China)

GWS Giants need to conquer final frontier to hold off Geelong Cats for top two berth

Star midfielder Josh Kelly has declared Greater Western Sydney's top two showdown with Geelong as the ideal preparation for the September action.<p>The …

Papua New Guinea

Tree-dwelling cannibals thought they were only humans on Earth

These incredible images reveal Indonesia’s tree-dwelling cannibal tribe who had no idea other people existed until the 1970s.<p>The pictures show the …

Papua New Guinea

The 10 most beautiful destinations on Earth – by the world's greatest photographers

Billions of pictures swirl around the world every minute of every day. It takes patience, skill and experience, as well as a creative mind and a good eye, to take incredible photos that stand out from the digital maelstrom and make people stop and look. It helps the odds, of course, if you place …

Papua New Guinea

Investigation: undersea cable red-flagged by Australia's spy agencies dogged by donation allegations

The undersea cable project was supposed to bring reliable internet to the Solomon Islands, the small Pacific nation where Australian military and …

Solomon Islands

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits off Fiji: US monitor

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Saturday, U.S. seismologists said, but it was considerably deep and there were no reports of …

Fiji

Earthquake strikes waters in eastern Fiji

An earthquake measuring 6.4 has struck the waters in eastern Fiji, in the South Pacific, however the authorities did not issue any tsunami alert or …

Fiji

Weekend Giveaway: THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel Wilson

This giveaway is sponsored by Doubleday, publishers of <i>The Clockwork Dynasty</i>, the new novel by Daniel Wilson.<p>An ingenious new thriller that weaves a …

Papua New Guinea

The Best and Worst Cities to Live in Around the World, According to The Economist

Think your favorite city has got it all? The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released its annual rankings of the world’s most “liveable” cities, …

Papua New Guinea

India U-19s to begin 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia

The Indian colts have previously won the tournament three times.<p>India U-19 begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia on January 14 in …

Papua New Guinea

Plagued with Rodents, Members of the UK Parliament Demand a Cat | Mental Floss

Members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament want a cat, but not just for office cuddles: As <i>The Telegraph</i> reports, the Palace of Westminster—the …

Papua New Guinea

Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea is legal, Australian court says

SYDNEY — Australia’s highest court has ruled that the country’s policy of sending asylum seekers to migrant camps in Papua New Guinea is …

Papua New Guinea

Jokowi Has a Political Prisoner Problem

The Indonesian government has been doing something remarkable over the past year with its political prisoners in Papua and West Papua provinces: Releasing them.<p>There are currently only between one and five Papuan political prisoners behind bars compared to a tally of 37 at the end of August 2016, …

Australasia

Australia's asylum seeker deal with Papua New Guinea is valid, High Court rules

Australia's offshore immigration detention agreement with Papua New Guinea is valid, the High Court has ruled.<p>Its decision follows an April 2016 …

Papua New Guinea

Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

There’s something odd about turtle-headed sea snakes.<p>It’s not their name, or that they give live birth instead of laying eggs, or that they paddle more than they slither. It’s their skin.<p>For years, researchers noticed that the aquatic snakes living in waters near human activity had jet-black skin, …

Science

High Court challenge to offshore immigration detention power fails

The High Court has today rejected a claim that the Australian government can only exercise its powers outside Australia for purposes that would be …

Papua New Guinea

Malaria mosquito found in New Caledonia

Health officials in New Caledonia have discovered the presence of the type of mosquito which can carry malaria.<p>But the blog Caledosphere says there …

Viruses

7th Tackle: Bunker gets the boot from World Cup

Old school footy fans will rejoice watching this year’s World Cup, to be shown exclusively on Channel 7.<p>Not only will all matches be officiated by a …

Papua New Guinea

The most livable city in the world (is a long way from the U.S.)

Global livability is finally showing an improvement, although American cities are far from No. 1.<p>Melbourne, Australia ranks as No. 1 for the seventh consecutive year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 10th annual “Global Livability Ranking” of 140 cities around the world. It was …

Papua New Guinea

This 'Yoda bat' from Papua New Guinea has become one of the world's newest species

A bat with an uncanny resemblance to Yoda from the Star Wars movies has been officially recognised as a new species. The unusual breed of fruit bat was discovered in a remote rainforest in Papua New Guinea, the island nation north of Australia. It was immediately christened the ‘Yoda’ bat but has …

Papua New Guinea

Perth beats Sydney for 'liveability'

Perth has maintained its ranking as the world's seventh most liveable city, beating Sydney at number 11 and just being pipped by Adelaide.<p>The …

Papua New Guinea

Paradise calling: 8 Pacific Island adventures you’ll want to book now

Remote, beautiful and friendly, the islands of the Pacific, including Fiji, Tahiti and Papua New Guinea, are the perfect antidote to the stresses of …

Papua New Guinea

Despite Europe’s Egg Scare, a Belgian Town Unites Over a Giant Omelette

Kudos, Knights of the Giant Omelette.<p>For the past 22 Augusts, the 14,000 townspeople of Malmedy, Belgium, have come together with hands out and …

Culture

All that glitters is profit in China’s gold mines as demand for safe haven boost precious metal sales

Zijin Mining Group and Zhaojin Mining Industry, among two of the Chinese gold industry’s leading miners, reported bumper interim profits, bolstered …

Papua New Guinea

Refugee's family wants Australian inquiry (AAP)

The family of a refugee who died on Manus Island wants Australian authorities to investigate.

Papua New Guinea

Second Damen SeaXplorer yacht commissioned

<b>Damen, in cooperation with Amels, has announced the sale of its second purpose-designed SeaXplorer motor yacht today. The new 75-metre version of the</b> …

Papua New Guinea

Sea Snake May Have Evolved Black Scales to Fight Pollutants

<i>Turtlehead Sea Snake</i><p>According to Claire Goiran from The University of New Caledonia, the turtlehead sea snake may be showing signs of industrial …

Australasia

Three-hour surgery couldn't save Kiwi woman after horse riding accident in Vanuatu

Auckland woman Joy Ramirez died in Vanuatu after a horse riding accident.<p>A Vanuatu surgeon tried in vain for three hours to save a New Zealand woman …

Vanuatu

Visiting New Caledonia [A Guide]

For a unique alternative to French Polynesia, visit New Caledonia.<p>Getting There<p>Unless you are flying from Australia or New Zealand, New Caledonia is …

Australasia