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Demands grow for inquiry into Australia refugee abuse

Australia was Monday facing growing opposition demands for an inquiry into its treatment of asylum-seekers on remote Pacific islands after further allegations emerged of abuse against refugees.

Abuse rife in Australian immigration centre: Leaked reports

More than 2,000 leaked reports detailing allegations of sexual assault, child abuse and self-harm in Australian immigration centres on Nauru were published Wednesday, prompting rights groups to renew calls for refugees to be resettled elsewhere.

Sex workers suffer ''horrific'' rape, beatings and discrimination: Report

From Papua New Guinea to Argentina, Hong Kong and Norway, researchers consistently found cases of sex workers being physically and sexually abused by clients and the police.

Group rescued off Solomons after five weeks adrift: Reports

Fourteen people, including children, have been rescued off the Solomon Islands after being lost at sea for more than five weeks, surviving on betel nut skins, reports said Thursday.

When Pranab rubbed nose with Maori chief

President Pranab Mukherjee and a Maori chief rubbed noses in a traditional welcome after his arrival in New Zealand on Saturday on the second and final leg of a two-nation tour.

Papua New Guinea to shut Australia asylum-seeker camp: PM

Papua New Guinea on Wednesday said a controversial asylum-seeker camp on Manus island will close, piling pressure on Australia`s border protection policy.

PNG plane crash leaves 12 dead: Reports

Twelve people killed when a light plane crashed just short of a landing strip in remote Papua New Guinea.

Strong quake hits off Papua New Guinea coast: USGS

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea`s northern coast on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued.

Know all about world's most expensive places to buy water

Know all about world's most expensive places to buy water

Some 650 million people do not have access to clean water, and often have to make do with much less than the 50 litres per person per day the World Health Organization says is necessary for domestic use and to maintain health and hygiene, Water Aid said.

`Homesick` refugees resettled in Cambodia return to Iran: Australia

Two more refugees resettled in Cambodia from an Australian detention camp have returned home, the government said Tuesday, sparking renewed criticism about the Aus$55 million (US$40 million) scheme.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island early today, US seismologists said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued.

Quake of magnitude 6.3 strikes off Papua New Guinea

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

American tourist gang-raped on PNG jungle trek: Report

An American woman hiking in Papua New Guinea with her London-based boyfriend was gang-raped and three of her fingers slashed in a brutal attack along a famous World War II trail, a report said Wednesday.

David Beckham plays soccer with Nepalese children

David Beckham plays soccer with Nepalese children

Beckham visited the Shree Padma Higher Secondary School.

3,000-year-old pottery unearthed in Papua New Guinea

A team of Australian archaeologists has unearthed 3,000-years old pottery in a remote location in the rugged highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Rare nautilus spotted for first time in 30 years

A US biologist has spotted a rare species of nautiluses, the small, distant cousins of squid and cuttlefish, after a gap of 30 years.

Pacific island countries showed widespread support for India's UNSC membership: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said that Pacific island countries showed widespread support for India's permanent membership in United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit here.

Security tightened in Jaipur ahead of FIPIC summit today

Security across Jaipur has been tightened ahead of the 2nd Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit on Friday which will witness participation by heads of state and government officials from 14 resource-rich nations.

Indonesian plane carrying 54 loses contact in Papua: Officials

 An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 54 people lost contact Sunday during a flight in the easternmost province of Papua, the country`s search and research agency said. 

Australia reveals over 600 asylum seekers turned back at sea

Australia has turned around more than 600 asylum seekers trying to reach its shores on 20 separate boats since enacting controversial new border controls in December 2013, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday.