Papua New Guinea assesses extent of damage from strong quake

Asia & Pacific 05/14/19, 20:57

Papua New Guinea authorities are assessing the extent of damage from a powerful earthquake that rattled coastal towns the previous evening.The magnitude 7.5 quake struck around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was offshore about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kokopo, which has about 26,000 ...

Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

World 05/14/19, 09:50

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea late Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 and was located 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kokopo, a remote town with a population of ...

FIFA bans former senior VP Chung for financial misconduct

Soccer 03/01/19, 09:51

Former FIFA senior vice president David Chung has been banned from soccer for 6 1/2 years for financial wrongdoing linked to a $20 million building project.FIFA says its ethics committee judges found Chung, who resigned as the Oceania soccer confederation president last April, guilty of "having offered and accepted gifts" ...

Papua New Guinea on hunt for 275 cars missing after APEC

World 02/14/19, 02:50

A Papua New Guinea police superintendent on Thursday was hot on the trail of one of the many high-end cars he's trying to recover after an international summit.About 275 cars are missing or overdue in the impoverished Pacific nation since it hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November. ...

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp

Asia & Pacific 02/02/19, 19:46

Australia announced on Sunday that the last child refugees held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru will soon be sent to the United States, ending the banishment of children under the government's harsh asylum-seeker policy.The psychiatric and physical suffering of children has been the major criticism of the government's policy ...

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

World 11/20/18, 01:00

A lawmaker says disgruntled police and prison guards have stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament in a pay dispute that stemmed from an international summit hosted by the South Pacific island nation last weekend.Images posted by opposition lawmaker Bryan Kramer on social media on Tuesday showed broken windows, smashed furniture, pictures ...

Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

Asia & Pacific 11/19/18, 10:52

Pacific Rim leaders at a key Asian summit failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration on world trade for the first time in nearly three decades, highlighting the growing tensions between China and the U.S. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit's acrimony also underscored the rivalry between China and the West ...

Update: APEC leaders fail to agree on final communique

Asia & Pacific 11/18/18, 02:09

The Latest on the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Papua New Guinea were unable to agree on a final communique. Trudeau told reporters Sunday that the chair of the meeting, ...

Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations

Asia & Pacific 11/17/18, 23:07

A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea has highlighted divisions between global powers the U.S. and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific.Chinese President Xi Jinping listens during the IMF informal dialogue on the State of the Regional & Global Economy as ...

US, allies to bring electricity to most of Papua New Guinea

Asia & Pacific 11/17/18, 21:38

The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they'll bring electricity to 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's people by 2030, boosting the West's response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.The four countries and Papua New Guinea signed the electricification agreement Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting ...

Update: Pence meets Taiwan’s delegation at APEC summit

Politics 11/16/18, 23:42

The Latest on the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 2:40 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the head of Taiwan's delegation to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. The U.S. doesn't have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province, ...

China’s Xi: World faces choice of confrontation, cooperation

Asia & Pacific 11/16/18, 21:02

China's president says the world faces a choice of cooperation or confrontation in a speech to a summit of leaders that is divided by tensions stemming from increased U.S. protectionism.President Xi Jinping expressed support for global free trading system that has underpinned his country's rise to world's second-biggest economy.Xi says, ...

Key facts about APEC host Papua New Guinea

Asia & Pacific 11/16/18, 19:31

Papua New Guinea hosts leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Russia and China, this weekend in a coming-out party for the jungle-clad nation that is regarded as one of the world's last frontiers for trade and investment.The largely undeveloped South Pacific nation of more than 8 million ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 11/16/18, 02:55

Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greeted guests at the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden. Akihito has said he will abdicate next year.In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, dancers in traditional dress wait for the arrival of Chinese ...

China woos Pacific islands with loans, showcase projects

Asia & Pacific 11/15/18, 20:20

As leaders land in Papua New Guinea for a Pacific Rim summit, the welcome mat is especially big for China's president. In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. As world leaders arrive in Papua New Guinea for a ...

Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns

Asia & Pacific 11/13/18, 23:55

Regional security and the strengthening of ties with Japan and the U.S. will be high on the agenda for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he meets leaders from both countries amid continuing concerns about the growing influence of China in the Asia-Pacific. Morrison will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on ...

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Asia & Pacific 11/13/18, 22:53

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. Barely penetrated by roads and scarred by violence, Papua New Guinea hopes the ...

Pence to visit Japan on start of Asian tour next week

Politics 11/08/18, 01:10

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan next week to discuss North Korea and other issues ahead of two key regional meetings.Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Thursday that Pence will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials during his visit on Monday and ...

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