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11 Oct 2018 description

Key points:

  • The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3, but was downgraded

  • A warning of 30 centimetre tsunami waves was cancelled

  • At least two aftershocks greater than magnitude-5 were recorded

Papua New Guinean authorities are trying to confirm damage reports and work out if a tsunami was generated after a powerful earthquake struck a remote island in Papua New Guinea's east this morning.

04 Oct 2018 description

By Indonesia correspondent Anne Barker

Key points:

  • Residents fear more than 1,000 people have died in one rural village

  • The tsunami never reached Balaroa and Petobo; the towns are believed to have sunk due to liquefaction

  • In Petobo, many of the area's 744 houses have disappeared

The final death toll from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia might never be known.

25 Sep 2018 description

By David Lipson

A Philippines military commander says ongoing delays in rebuilding the city of Marawi, which was destroyed during five months of combat against Islamic State-inspired militants, could see the recruitment of more "enemies of the state".

It is almost a year since the relatively small band of combatants was forced to retreat, after a fierce campaign of air strikes, artillery shelling and house-to-house combat.

07 Sep 2018 description

By Elise Worthington

The ABC understands the most senior medical officer working with asylum seekers on Nauru has been removed from the island amid an ongoing stoush over the transfer of patients off the island.

Dr Christopher Jones, a Queensland GP, was told by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services(IHMS), that his visa was revoked last Thursday and he left the island the following day.

It was the Gold Coast doctor's second deployment to Nauru as a locum with IHMS.

06 Sep 2018 description

Key points:

  • Refugee Council says 400 people lost their payments from the Status Resolution Support Services program in August

  • Department of Home affairs says the SRSS program is only designed to provide short-term aid

  • UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights describes the move as 'ruthless'

The Federal Government has started cutting off support payments to asylum seekers living in Australia as they wait for their refugee claims to be assessed.