Bougainville people vote to create world's newest nation

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 11, 2019

Bougainville people vote to create world's newest nation

Bougainville has voted by a landslide for independence from Papua New Guinea, according to official referendum results released Wednesday, a major step toward creating the world's newest nation. Bertie Ahern, chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, said 176,928 people — 98 percent of voters — ...

Thousands flee erupting Papua New Guinea volcano

Asia Pacific Jun 27, 2019

Thousands flee erupting Papua New Guinea volcano

An erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea that has blanketed a town in ash has forced around 5,000 people from their homes, officials said Thursday. Mount Ulawun — one of the world's most hazardous volcanoes — began spewing lava and smoke high into the air ...

Asia Pacific Jun 16, 2019

Papua New Guinea vows to get rich in a decade

Papua New Guinea's new prime minister has an ambitious — cynics would say far-fetched — objective of turning one of the world's poorest countries into the "richest black nation" on Earth in just a decade. If national economies were like soccer teams, Papua New Guinea ...