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Papua New Guinea: Country in the western Pacific
Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is a sovereign state in Oceania that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. It is the world's third largest island country with 462,840 km2 (178,700 sq mi).

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Fans attend first Australian Rules rugby match amid pandemic

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Papua New Guinea has confirmed its first cases of African swine fever among village pigs, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.
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'We are reborn': Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

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..
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Bougainville backs independence from Papua New Guinea with near unanimous support

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..
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Factbox: Bougainville poised to become world's newest nation

The South Pacific archipelago of Bougainville on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to become independent of Papua New Guinea, becoming the world's latest territory to seek secession.
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Bougainville independence referendum results set for release

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..
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Bougainville independence hopes rise as vote counting set to begin

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

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.
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As the medevac vote looms, this asylum seeker in PNG has made a late plea to Jacqui Lambie

An asylum seeker in Port Moresby has warned that 'people will die' if the medevac laws are repealed.
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Amid singing and dancing, PNG's Bougainville starts independence vote

Amid singing, dancing and the beat of drums, John Momis, the president of Papua New Guinea's region of Bougainville, was one of the first to cast his ballot early on Saturday in a referendum on whether..
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'Never turning back', PNG's Bougainville separatists expect vote for independence

Twenty years after combatants snapped arrows to signal the end of hostilities in the Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville, voters will on Saturday cast ballots in a long-awaited independence..
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They are happy for Behrouz but his 'brothers' remain in PNG, begging for freedom

The arrival of Behrouz Boochani in New Zeland made him a free man after six years, but more than 80 other refugees and asylum seekers are not free to leave PNG.
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Conditions in Australian-funded PNG immigration centre 'worse than prison': Advocates

Approximately 300 asylum seekers formerly held in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island remain in Papua New Guinea, including 46 who have had their bid for a protection visa rejected.
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Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

Behrouz Boochani travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told reporters he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
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Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand after six years in Papua New Guinea

The journalist has reportedly travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told journalists he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
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Bougainville prepares for 'peaceful, credible' independence vote: official

An independence referendum in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) region of Bougainville will be peaceful and credible, the chief electoral official said on Wednesday, and it will help heal the wounds of a..
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At least 10 refugees remain in PNG despite Medevac approval

Up to 10 men in a Papua New Guinea detention camp are still waiting to be sent to Australia under medical transfer laws, senators have been told.
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U.S. edges China out of race to fund Bougainville independence vote

The United States and its Pacific allies have plugged a funding gap that endangered next month's independence referendum in Papua New Guinea (PNG)'s region of Bougainville, in a strategic move that..
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Papua New Guinea police seek to arrest ex-prime minister O'Neill

Papua New Guinea police have issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Peter O'Neill on suspicion of "official corruption" but he was declining to cooperate with police handling the case, the..
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PNG police issue arrest warrant for former prime minister Peter O'Neill

Papua New Guinea's acting police chief says a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the country's former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
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Australian students build solar lights so children in remote PNG can study at night

Children living in remote communities in Papua New Guinea will now have access to solar-powered lights.
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Papua New Guinea prime minister's election faces court challenge

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the election of Prime Minister James Marape on Sept. 20, a lawyer for opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch, who took the issue to court,..
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Chinese-owned nickel plant spills waste into Papua New Guinea bay

Waste from a nickel plant in Papua New Guinea owned by Metallurgical Corporation of China spilled into the adjacent Basamuk Bay over the weekend, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday.
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PNG prime minister says terms, not alliances will sway debt deal talks

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape said on Monday he will accept debt assistance from any country that offers the best terms, ratcheting up pressure on Australia to offer a sweetened..
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Australian officials prepare to visit Papua New Guinea for trade talks

Six Australian ministers will travel to Papua New Guinea on Monday to discuss trade and economy ties, at the largest delegation of its kind in more than 10 years.
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Six Australian ministers head to PNG forum

The Australian government is sending six ministers to a forum in Papua New Guinea on Monday, the largest delegation of its kind in more than 10 years.
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PNG treasurer disputes $1.5b loan figure

The federal opposition is sitting on the fence over a $1.5 billion loan request from Papua New Guinea.
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PNG offers Manus Island asylum seekers voluntary relocation to Port Moresby

Questions remain after a notice from Papua New Guinea's immigration authority was reportedly posted on Manus Island, offering the remaining asylum seekers the option to relocate to the capital city.
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Labor looks at 'very big request' from PNG

The federal opposition is sitting on the fence over a $1.5 billion loan request from Papua New Guinea.
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Bougainville agrees with PNG to delay independence vote till November

An independence referendum for the Pacific island of Bougainville has been delayed again by the governments of the island and Papua New Guinea (PNG) but will be held this year, the referendum..
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PNG PM vows to improve his citizens' access to Australian visas

PNG PM James Marape says his country will not be dependent on Australia for much longer.
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PNG won’t be economically dependent on Australia in a decade, PM vows

Papua New Guinea wants to be economically independent from Australia within a decade.
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Australia and PNG pledge closer ties as Canberra seeks to renew Pacific influence

Australia and Papua New Guinea said on Monday their leaders will meet annually in a bid to foster closer ties, which Canberra believes is important in its bid to counter China's quest for greater..
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'Work in progress': Morrison and PNG PM agree to develop Manus closure timetable

PNG and Australia have agreed to establish a timetable to resettle the remaining refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.
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Watch live: Scott Morrison welcomes PNG PM to Australia

Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape has received a ceremonial welcome after arriving at Parliament House, but things quickly came down to business.
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PNG Prime Minister welcomed in Canberra

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, James Marape, is in Australia for an official visit. It's his first official visit to Australia since his election and will be demanding an end to offshore detention..
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PNG PM arrives for first Australia visit

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PNG PM to demand Manus closure timeline in Australian visit

PNG leader James Marape is making his first official visit to Australia since his election and will be demanding an end to offshore detention on Manus Island.
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Greens senator Nick McKim has arrived back in Australia after being deported from Papua New Guinea for trying to access refugee accommodation on Manus Island.
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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape will make a state visit to Australia, its government said on Tuesday, as it seeks to cement its position with Pacific island's new leader amid rising..
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Papua New Guinea troops secure scene of brutal highlands massacre

Papua New Guinea troops secured the scene of a brutal massacre in the remote interior of the southwestern Pacific country, authorities said, after villagers buried the dead and a search for the killers..
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