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08 Nov 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Natalie Whiting

Papua New Guinea is clearing refugees out of its capital city ahead of next week's APEC summit.

More than 20 refugees from Manus Island who had been in Port Moresby for medical treatment have been sent to back to the island, and another 20 refugees who are still in Port Moresby will be flown out this week.

31 Oct 2018 description

Key points: - Asylum seeker families detained on Nauru have been arriving in Adelaide
- The SA Government says children are receiving treatment in hospital
- A refugee advocate says they still face major uncertainty about the future

Asylum seekers from Nauru are receiving treatment at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital, as children continue to be moved from the Pacific nation to Australia.

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.

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."