Latest Papua New Guinea News

Australia and Papua New Guinea leaders trek toward WWII South Pacific battleground

Apr. 23, 2024 03:13 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and Papua New Guinea’s prime ministers on Tuesday began trekking into the South Pacific island nation’s mountainous interior to commemorate a pivotal World War II campaign and to underscore their current security alliance, which faces challenges from...

Papua New Guinea leader takes offense after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals

Apr. 22, 2024 08:48 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape accused Joe Biden of disparaging the South Pacific island nation by implying that an uncle of the U.S. president had been eaten by “cannibals” there during World War II. Biden’s comments offended a...

Strong earthquake rattles Papua New Guinea, but there is no tsunami alert or reports of damage

Apr. 14, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Monday, authorities said, but there was no tsunami alert or immediate reports of damage. The quake struck the South Pacific Island nation 110 kilometers (68 miles) southeast of the West New...

Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Apr. 12, 2024 06:09 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy.

Australian bomber shot down with 4 crew in 1943 identified off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Apr. 10, 2024 22:05 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Officials have confirmed the identities of an Australian bomber and the remains of two air crew members more than 80 years after they crashed in flames off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Beaufort bomber A9-186 was found in Australian mining billionaire...

A 6.9 magnitude quake in remote Papua New Guinea kills 3 and destroys nearly 1,000 homes

Mar. 25, 2024 05:58 AM EDT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit a remote part of western Papua New Guinea killing at least three people and causing extensive damage to around 1,000 homes, officials said. The quake rocked the East Sepik region at about 6.20 a.m. Sunday...

Museum, historical group launch search for wreckage of ace pilot Richard Bong's crashed plane

Mar. 23, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin museum is partnering with a historical preservation group in a search for the wreckage of World War II ace Richard Bong's plane in the South Pacific. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior and the nonprofit World War II...

Tribal bloodshed shines spotlight on instability in strategically vital Papua New Guinea

Feb. 20, 2024 02:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A tribal clash in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands in which at least 26 people were killed has put a growing internal security problem under the microscope in the strategically vital South Pacific island nation that has garnered closer military attention from the...

Tribal violence in Papua New Guinea kills 26 combatants and an unconfirmed number of bystanders

Feb. 19, 2024 04:49 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — At least 26 combatants and an unconfirmed number of bystanders were killed in a gunbattle between warring tribes in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday. A tribe, their allies and mercenaries were on their way to attack a neighboring tribe when they were...