Papua New Guinea

25 March 2022
It was the Bula Boys who struck first courtesy of a 12th minute finish from Tevita Waranaivalu, but the midfielder went from hero to zero when he was sent off half an hour later for a dangerous tackle. Then in...
13 September 2021
A sold out crowd of 15,000 were on hand to watch the Lae Snax Tigers be crowned Papua New Guinea's domestic rugby league champions for the fourth time in six years. Last season's beaten finalists defeated Waghi Tumbe 16-10 at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday, to regain the title they last won in 2019. PNG National Rugby League Competition Manager Ora Gairo said it was a positive way to end another season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
13 August 2021
The possible independence of Bougainville is the greatest challenge Papua New Guinea faces, the PNG Prime Minister James Marape says. The sanctity of the union of PNG as one country was very important, Marape said, and the issue was a bigger than Covid-19, the economy or other challenges. Marape said parliament will soon need to address the autonomous region's quest for independence.
29 April 2021
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, is hoping the impasse with the Micronesian leaders can be resolved. In February, the five Micronesia members said they would withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum after their candidate for secretary general was rejected, despite a gentleman's agreement that it was their turn.
10 March 2021
The family of former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, is in isolation for seven days amid the surge in Covid-19 infections in Port Moresby. The family is in mourning after the death of Sir Michael 11 days ago. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Port Moresby after which he will be flown to Wewak for burial.
7 March 2021
Papua New Guineans are mourning the loss of the man who was the central figure in the country's passage to independence. Sir Michael Somare died early this morning in Port Moresby after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and admitted to hospital a week ago.
12 October 2020
The long-delayed Goroka by-election in Papua New Guinea has concluded, with Aiye Tambua of the ruling Pangu Party winning the seat. Conducted under the limited preferential voting system, the election went down to elimination. Tambua edged out the former MP Bire Kimisopa, leader of the New Generation Party, who finished in second.
14 August 2020
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's capital is urging all residents to take responsibility for protecting their community from Covid-19. Port Moresby has the majority of confirmed cases of the virus in PNG, with the total nationwide number now approaching 300. With limited testing done so far, authorities fear transmission of covid is widespread in the city.
6 August 2020
Leaders of Papua New Guinea and Australia have signed a Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership. PNG's prime minister James Marape and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison signed the partnership at a virtual summit yesterday. The agreement looks to elevate relations in areas including security, social and human development, and economic co-operation.
3 August 2020
Australia's Human Rights Law Centre says the Australian Government must ensure the safety of people it is detaining in Papua New Guinea. It said it was making the call as PNG's Pandemic Response Controller warned a coronavirus outbreak could overwhelm the health system within days. There are currently more than 175 people in PNG and 185 in Nauru detained under Australia's offshore detention scheme.