An international court overnight dismissed the claims of Papua New Guinea company Oil Search that it retained ownership of 40 per cent of the Elk-Antelope gas field in the nation’s Gulf Province.
Port Moresby is further relaxing the ban on betel nut, adding restricted areas for its sale and use at the newly renovated Koki market.
The Vanuatu government has announced a new attempt to change its parliamentary system to stop MPs crossing the floor and to clarify the affiliations of independents.
Radio Australia’s shortwave signal to Asia will cease this weekend, another result the ABC says of recent government funding cuts.
Human Rights Watch released its World Rights Report 2015 late yesterday, and the chapter on Papua New Guinea detailed a range of concerns, including the nation’s problems with police brutality.
Since his ascendency to general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November 2012 and the presidency in March 2013, Xi Jinping has executed a sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has targeted hundreds of thousands of officials at all levels of government and state-owned industry.
Taiwan’s ailing former president Chen Shui-bian has been freed from prison on medical parole after serving six years of a 20-year sentence for corruption during his presidency.
More than two million refugees have now fled Syria’s civil war seeking safe haven in neighbouring countries.
The passing of former prime minister Gough Whitlam is not just a day of mourning for Australia, but also for a region shaped by his expansive policies of outreach to Asia and the Pacific, regional leaders say.
The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is due to be announced later this evening by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.