Latest Papua New Guinea News

Regular voting ends as Bougainville considers independence

Dec. 3, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — They voted in highland villages and on remote atolls. Even 15 youth who live in the jungle and wear bright Upe hats as they undergo traditional training to become men had the chance to vote. All across the Pacific region of Bougainville, people have voted in a historic...

Bougainville vote could help create world’s newest nation

Nov. 22, 2019 11:40 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific people of Bougainville on Saturday began voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The referendum runs over two weeks and is a key part of a 2001 peace agreement...

After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Papua New Guinea police seeking to arrest ex-PM O'Neill

Oct. 15, 2019 3:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea police said Tuesday they were seeking the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption but the former leader of the South Pacific island nation was refusing to cooperate. But Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from Port Moresby that O'Neill...

Papua New Guinea police say they have an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption

Oct. 15, 2019 3:18 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea police say they have an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption.