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'We are reborn': Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

11:13am GMT

SYDNEY The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty. | Video

Bougainville independence referendum results set for release

10 Dec 2019

SYDNEY The South Pacific islands of Bougainville should know the result of an independence referendum on Wednesday, officials said, amid expectations the province will soon be in a position to negotiate a separation from Papua New Guinea.

Ferries halted, alarms triggered as Sydney choked by bushfire smoke

10 Dec 2019

SYDNEY Smoke from Australia's fierce bushfires settled over Sydney in still conditions on Tuesday, setting off fire alarms, and halting ferry services as famous landmarks disappeared behind some of the worst haze seen in the harbor city. | Video

Bougainville independence hopes rise as vote counting set to begin

10 Dec 2019

SYDNEY Bougainville will begin counting votes on Tuesday in its independence referendum, officials said, amid expectations for the South Pacific region once ravaged by fierce fighting to overwhelmingly back independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Decorated with butterflies, infant-sized coffins sent to measles-ravaged Samoa

09 Dec 2019

SYDNEY Volunteers in the New Zealand city of Rotorua are preparing two dozen white-lined coffins to be transported to Samoa at the end of the week as the measles-ravaged Pacific island nation languishes under a growing death toll that has now hit 70.

Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50

05 Dec 2019

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus. | Video

Samoa fights measles door-to-door in battle on anti-vaccination messages

05 Dec 2019

SYDNEY Samoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement. | Video

Papua New Guinea faces cash crunch as China repayment schedule ramps up

29 Nov 2019

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON Papua New Guinea's annual debt repayments to China are forecast to increase 25% by 2023, new budget figures show, at the same time as the Pacific nation falls to its largest ever deficit.

'The revolution is ongoing': Bougainville to revive radical mining proposal

28 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Bougainville Vice President Raymond Masono said he will revive a plan to overhaul the region's mining laws after its ongoing independence referendum, which could strip the former operator of the Panguna gold and copper project of its interests.

UPDATE 3-'The revolution is ongoing': Bougainville to revive radical mining proposal

28 Nov 2019

* Bougainville mining proposal to go before parliament in December

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