Geography of Oceania http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28363/all en REFILE-Floods hit two Australian states, thousands evacuated http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/floods-hit-two-australian-states-thousands-evacuated <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Fixes stock code display in paragraph 11, spelling of "too" in paragraph 10)</p> <p>* Floods force thousands to evacuate in two states</p> <p>* Death toll stands at four</p> <p>* Coal, rail, flights affected</p> <p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Massive summer floods have killed four people and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes across two Australian states on Tuesday, disrupting air and rail travel and coal production.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/floods-hit-two-australian-states-thousands-evacuated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Australia Geography of Oceania Geology of Australia Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:30:03 +0000 5740871 at http://www.globalpost.com Guam man kills two Japanese, stabs baby in deadly attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/guam-man-kills-two-japanese-stabs-baby-deadly-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two women were stabbed to death and an eight-month-old baby knifed in a frenzied attack on 14 Japanese tourists on the Pacific island nation of Guam, a court heard Wednesday.</p> <p>The attack happened late Tuesday when a local man drove his car up a pavement near the Outrigger Guam Resort and rammed into a convenience store, before jumping out and stabbing bystanders.</p> <p>Court documents allege Chad Ryan Desoto, 21, admitted he was intent on causing maximum carnage after being arrested following the rampage, which has stunned the normally sleepy tropical nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/guam-man-kills-two-japanese-stabs-baby-deadly-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Oceania International relations Politics AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:30:26 +0000 5754218 at http://www.globalpost.com Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes off Vanuatu-USGS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/blank-headline-received-25 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, Feb 28 (Reuters) - An undersea earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude, and only 10 km deep, struck off the coast of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.</p> <p>The quake struck at 0309 GMT about 103 km (65 miles) west of Port Vila. There was no immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage. (Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Ed Davies)</p> Geography of Oceania Tsunami warning system Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:45:29 +0000 5769242 at http://www.globalpost.com Easter Island statue to give hope to Japan tsunami town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/easter-island-statue-give-hope-japan-tsunami-town <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A giant statue from Chile's Easter Island was unveiled in Tokyo Wednesday before it is erected in a small tsunami-devastated northeastern Japanese town as a symbol of recovery.</p> <p>The three-metre (9.8-foot) Moai statue is a gift from Chile, which pledged to supply a new statue to the fishing community of Minami Sanriku after the town's original was destroyed in the March 2011 quake and tsunami.</p> <p>"It has been two years since the disaster and reconstruction has just begun," the town's mayor Jin Sato said at an unveiling ceremony.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/easter-island-statue-give-hope-japan-tsunami-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Easter Island Geography of Chile Geography of Oceania AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:45:27 +0000 5788468 at http://www.globalpost.com 8 'witches' murdered over sorcery incidents in Papua New Guinea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/8-witches-murdered-over-sorcery-incidents-papua-new-guinea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> News media reports in Port Moresby say at least eight people have been murdered in horrific sorcery-related incidents in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the last week.</p><P>Six women and a man were tortured and the women burnt to death in the Southern Highlands. Two elderly women have also been beheaded on the island of Bougainville, Fairfax News reports.</p><P>Sorcery-related murders are soaring in PNG especially after a February incident in which a woman was burnt to death in front of hundreds of people at Mt.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/8-witches-murdered-over-sorcery-incidents-papua-new-guinea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous Region of Bougainville Geography of Oceania Melanesia Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:47:46 +0000 Asianet 5809859 at http://www.globalpost.com US academic gang-raped in PNG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/us-academic-gang-raped-png <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US academic has been gang-raped by an armed mob in Papua New Guinea, barely a week after an Australian was killed and his friend sexually assaulted by a group of men.</p> <p>The incidents come after a brutal spate of sorcery-related crimes that have sparked condemnation from the United Nations and undermined the poor Pacific country's standing as a destination for tourism and investment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/us-academic-gang-raped-png" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Oceania Mount Hagen Oceania Social Issues AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 05:00:23 +0000 5821383 at http://www.globalpost.com US academic speaks out about gang-rape ordeal in PNG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/us-academic-speaks-out-about-gang-rape-ordeal-png <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US academic says she was gang-raped by an armed mob in Papua New Guinea and wants to publicise her ordeal to raise awareness about rampant violence against women in the desperately poor Pacific country.</p> <p>The attack comes barely a week after an Australian was killed and his friend sexually assaulted by a group of men.</p> <p>There has also been a savage spate of sorcery-related crimes that have sparked condemnation from the United Nations and undermined Papua New Guinea's standing as a destination for tourism and investment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/us-academic-speaks-out-about-gang-rape-ordeal-png" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Oceania Melanesia Oceania Social Issues AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:00:29 +0000 5821432 at http://www.globalpost.com Four held over gang-rape of US academic in PNG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/four-held-over-gang-rape-us-academic-png <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Police in Papua New Guinea have detained four men over the gang-rape of a US academic after a massive manhunt, with officials Tuesday urging locals to help find five suspects still on the run.</p> <p>The American woman said she was was stripped naked, had her hands bound and was raped by the armed mob last week after they tied up her husband and a guide on a jungle trail on Karkar Island in Madang province.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/four-held-over-gang-rape-us-academic-png" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Oceania Geography of Papua New Guinea Law Madang Province Social Issues AFP Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:00:03 +0000 5822827 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia eyes Buddha and baccarat to lure Chinese tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130617/australia-eyes-buddha-and-baccarat-lure-chinese-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jane Wardell</p> <p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's coastal Wyong region outside Sydney, a pretty stretch of pristine beaches and wildlife-filled wetlands, isn't high on the travel agenda of most Chinese tourists.</p> <p>But the local mayor and a Chinese businessman have big plans to change that - by building a A$500 million ($480 million) theme park that will include a full-size replica of Beijing's Forbidden City and a nine-storey temple housing a giant Buddha.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130617/australia-eyes-buddha-and-baccarat-lure-chinese-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Geography of Oceania Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:00:30 +0000 5859423 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Two dead in PNG match violence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130710/rugbyl-two-dead-png-match-violence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two people were killed and several injured in chaotic scenes at a rugby league match in Papua New Guinea sparked by a drunken supporter attacking a security guard with a machete, reports said Wednesday.</p> <p>The match in the Pacific nation's central town of Wabag between Enga Mioks and Lae Snax Tigers was underway on Sunday when a fan was stopped by security officials on his way into the ground.</p> <p>The National newspaper said he pulled out a machete, or bush knife, and killed a guard.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130710/rugbyl-two-dead-png-match-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Enga Mioks Enga Province Geography of Oceania Technology AFP Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:32:48 +0000 5879990 at http://www.globalpost.com Businesses in NZ's capital grind to halt after quake, limited damage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130721/businesses-nzs-capital-grind-halt-after-quake-limited-damage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Wellington's central business district ground to a halt on Monday as bank trading desks were closed and offices were shuttered for safety inspections after a strong earthquake rattled New Zealand's capital city the previous day.</p> <p>Workers were advised to stay away from New Zealand's third largest city as engineers conducted inspections on buildings which suffered minor structural damage after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on Sunday in which four people were injured.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130721/businesses-nzs-capital-grind-halt-after-quake-limited-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christchurch Geography of Oceania Wellington Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:35:07 +0000 5889826 at http://www.globalpost.com Solomons peacekeeping force pulls back after 10 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130723/solomons-peacekeeping-force-pulls-back-after-10-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The largest military operation in the Pacific since World War II winds up in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday after a decade working to end deep-seated ethnic violence in the poverty-stricken nation.</p> <p>The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) deployed in a fanfare of publicity in 2003 after a desperate appeal from Honiara for international assistance.</p> <p>Since then, it has adopted a low-key approach to bringing stability to the nation of about 600,000 people, which lies 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) northeast of Australia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130723/solomons-peacekeeping-force-pulls-back-after-10-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Oceania Oceania Political geography Politics Religion War AFP Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:32:03 +0000 5891939 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong billionaire plans huge Australian casino http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/hong-kong-billionaire-plans-huge-australian-casino <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Chinese billionaire has revealed plans for a Aus$4.2 billion (US$3.7 billion) tropical resort and casino in Australia which he says will be a "man-made wonder of the world".</p> <p>The Queensland state government confirmed Friday it has streamlined the approval process for Tony Fung's Aquis project near Cairns, plans for which include a casino, nine luxury hotels with 3,750 rooms, and one of the world's largest aquariums.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/hong-kong-billionaire-plans-huge-australian-casino" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Far North Queensland Geography of Australia Geography of Oceania Social Issues Technology AFP Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:03:49 +0000 5900635 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadly attack on trekkers in PNG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/deadly-attack-trekkers-png <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers have been attacked in Papua New Guinea with two of their guides hacked to death and others injured, government officials said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The deadly incident happened on Tuesday along the Black Cat Track in the lawless Pacific nation's northern Morobe province.</p> <p>"The attack resulted in the deaths of two PNG nationals who were porters for the group," Australia's department of foreign affairs (DFAT) said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/deadly-attack-trekkers-png" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Oceania Geography of Papua New Guinea Morobe Province AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:47:10 +0000 5930707 at http://www.globalpost.com Spears, machetes used in attack on tourists in PNG http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/spears-machetes-used-attack-tourists-png <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers have been savagely attacked and injured by bandits in Papua New Guinea with two of their guides hacked to death, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The deadly incident happened at dusk on Tuesday after the group set up their tents along the popular and rugged Black Cat Track in the lawless Pacific nation's northern Morobe province, with robbery the suspected motive.</p> <p>"The attack resulted in the deaths of two PNG nationals who were porters for the group," Australia's department of foreign affairs (DFAT) said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/spears-machetes-used-attack-tourists-png" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Black Cat Track Disaster Geography of Oceania Oceania Technology AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:16:19 +0000 5930744 at http://www.globalpost.com