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GP, was told by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services(IHMS), that his visa was revoked last Thursday and he left the island the following day.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

30 Aug 2018 description

By Anne Barker

Vietnamese community leaders fear a group of suspected asylum seekers found in Queensland are part of a potential flood of people fleeing human rights abuses and state seizure of their land in Vietnam.

29 Aug 2018 description

By Kristy Sexton-McGrath, Brendan Mounter and staff

A group of suspected asylum seekers found in far north Queensland have been taken to Christmas Island for processing, the Federal Government has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the 17 suspected asylum seekers had been transferred to detention on Christmas Island and were being interviewed in detention.

26 Aug 2018 description

A team from Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre will visit Manam Island to inspect the damage from a volcanic eruption that forced at least 2,000 villagers to flee to the mainland.

The volcano on Manam Island, off the north coast of Papua New Guinea, erupted early on Saturday, sending plumes of ash 15km into the air, the National Disaster Centre said.

It is understood there have been no casualties.

Manam Island, just 10km wide, is one of the Pacific nation's most active volcanoes and is home to roughly 9,000 people.

22 Aug 2018 description

By Louise Newman

Reports from Nauru are raising concerns about an outbreak of a severe trauma-related psychological disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome.

09 Aug 2018 description

Another strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has hit Indonesia's Lombok island, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and Geoscience Australia.

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 6.9 quake that killed at least 131 people and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

08 Aug 2018 description

Key points:
- The death toll from the earthquake hits 110 and is expected to rise
- Two people have been found alive, along with three bodies at the Jabal Nur Mosque
- At least 4,600 foreign and Indonesian tourists have also been evacuated

Rescuers in Lombok have pulled people alive from the rubble two days after a devastating earthquake struck the Indonesian island, while thousands left homeless in the worst-affected areas continue to wait for aid to arrive.

31 Jul 2018 description

By Sophie McNeill, Sashka Koloff and Patricia Drum

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his country is "preparing" to receive more refugees from Australia in a controversial deal that has already been labelled a failure and cost the Federal Government almost $50 million.

Speaking exclusively to Four Corners, Hun Sen said he told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Cambodia is ready to "accept more" refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres.

27 Jul 2018 description

By Nick Fogarty and Catherine Graue

Key points:

  • About 11,000 people live on Ambae island

  • The Vanuatu Government has agreed to evacuate all residents

  • Hundreds have already left voluntarily as situation worsens

The population of an entire island in Vanuatu is set to be evacuated for the second time in less than a year because of an erupting volcano.

24 Jul 2018 description

By Anne Barker and south-east Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane, wires

Key points:
- The floods have swept away homes and left more than 6,600 people homeless
- The company on Monday warned the dam was unsafe because of overflows from recent rains
- The dam project was still under construction and scheduled to begin operating this year

State media in Laos says several people are dead and hundreds missing after a dam wall collapsed in the country's south, sending millions of tonnes of water into surrounding villages.

17 Apr 2018 description

By Bindi Bryce

The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island is once again spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.

The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island has once again begun spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.

02 Apr 2018 description

By Yara Murray-Atfield

Fiji is reeling from the impact of tropical Cyclone Josie that has left at least four people dead and caused major flooding

Fiji is reeling from the impact of a tropical cyclone that has killed at least four people and caused major flooding, according to local media.

While Cyclone Josie was a relatively weak category one when it passed to the country's south-west over the weekend, it brought heavy flooding to the main island of Viti Levu.

01 Apr 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

The victims of a devastating earthquake in the Papua New Guinea highlands say the disaster has compounded the impacts of deadly tribal fighting that had already displaced thousands of people.

Made homeless by tribal enemies who kidnapped and gang-raped her last year, *Mary fled to a neighbouring village in Papua New Guinea's highlands to seek shelter.

"I was raped and severely beaten on my face," she said.

27 Mar 2018 description

By Elise Fantin

A senior United Nations official has demanded the Federal Government reconsider its offshore processing policy as concerns about detainees' mental health grows.

Indrika Ratwatte, the Asia Pacific director for its refugee agency the UNHCR, recently visited the Nauru detention centre and described the conditions as "shocking".

"Looking at the conditions here, particularly the mental health situation, it's very, very shocking," he said.

"We must make every effort to get refugees out of this situation."

21 Mar 2018 description

By Yara Murray-Atfield

A month after a huge deadly earthquake in Papua New Guinea, there are warnings that schools won't be able to reopen until next year, leaving traumatised children in limbo.

A month after a deadly magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Highlands, aid workers have warned that an entire "generation" of children may miss out on a proper education.

21 Mar 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

Papua New Guinea forms a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.

The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country.

PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.

19 Mar 2018 description

By Catherine Graue

Sitting at the collision point of several tectonic plates, Papua New Guinea is ranked the 10th most disaster-prone country in the world and is regularly rattled by earthquakes.

But as the developing nation undergoes a rapid period of urbanisation, there are fears buildings are not being constructed to a standard that can survive strong earthquakes — potentially leading to large numbers of casualties.

10 Mar 2018 description

As authorities start to get a clearer picture of the scale of the destruction caused by February's magnitude-7.5 earthquake, there are growing calls for PNG's government to order a formal inquiry into what caused it.

As authorities in Papua New Guinea start to get a clearer picture of the scale of the destruction caused by February's magnitude-7.5 earthquake, there have been growing calls for the government to order a formal inquiry into what caused the quake.

09 Mar 2018 description

AM By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek
Posted Wed at 12:51am

Rejected asylum seekers from Manus Island are being told it is too dangerous for them to return to their countries of origin, but they are also not allowed to stay in Papua New Guinea.

Key points:
Many were scared to submit refugee claims at the start, some received legal advice not to
UNHCR says many of the negative assessments need to be reviewed
About 100 negative status men can't be deported because their countries of origin won't allow it