Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed
Local children wave Japanese flags as Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, arrives in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Mr Abe is visiting New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea
Papuan tribesmen in traditional costume sport a banner bearing the portrait of presidential candidate Joko Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla as they arrive to vote centre in Jayapura, Indonesia on Wednesday. There is a growing movement to end Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua
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A Papuan student takes part on a rally in Surabaya, East Java, demanding the freedom of West Papua province. Papua declared independence from the Dutch in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region with force in 1963.
A protester from the Papuan Students Alliance holds the Morning Star flag in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during a protest against the signing of the New York Agreement in 1962. The demonstration was also a show of support for the opening of the Free West Papua Campaign office in the Netherlands that aims to help the struggle for freedom in West Papua. The New York Agreement was a treaty signed between the Netherlands, Indonesia and the UN that was intended to end a territorial dispute between Indonesia and West Papua.
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Helen, from Port Moresby, is among many women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea who suffer brutality, with a study by Australian charity ChildFund showing savage attacks occur in two-thirds of all families
Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on his way to meet Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea, at Parliament House in Port Moresby on Monday. Mr Rudd is on a two-day official visit to Papua New Guinea.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island. The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Gillard to the Pacific island nation and the first visit since former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.
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Traditional dancers perform ahead of the arrival of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The trip is the first official visit for the prime minister to the Pacific Island Nation and the first since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. The three-day visit will include trips to a local market and primary school as well as tours of the Exxon Mobil liquefied natural gas plant and the Bomana war cemetery.