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Over 100 Feared Dead in Landslide in Remote Part of Papua New Guinea

Over 100 Feared Dead in Landslide in Remote Part of Papua New Guinea

By Rod McGuirk
Rescue efforts are underway after a landslide hit a village in Enga province in the middle of the night.

In Riot-Stricken New Caledonia, French President Says He Won’t Rush Through Voting Reforms

In Riot-Stricken New Caledonia, French President Says He Won’t Rush Through Voting Reforms

By Claire Rush and John Leicester
After meetings with both Indigenous Kanaks and the pro-Paris camp, Macron laid out a roadmap that he said could lead to another referendum for the territory.
New Caledonia Riots: The Azerbaijan Factor

New Caledonia Riots: The Azerbaijan Factor

By Ben Dubow
Supporting separatism in France’s overseas territories has become a top priority as Baku seeks to punish France for its longtime sympathy for Armenia.

Victoria State’s Booming Population and Busted Budget

Victoria State’s Booming Population and Busted Budget

By Grant Wyeth
Melbourne’s infrastructure needs and the state’s budget problems are clearly in grave tension. The abandonment of critical and necessary rail projects cannot be the solution.

What’s Behind the Deadly Riots in New Caledonia?

What’s Behind the Deadly Riots in New Caledonia?

By Adrian Muckle
The violent unrest in New Caledonia is alarming. Sadly, the island territory is no stranger to violence.

Violence Rages in New Caledonia as France Rushes Emergency Reinforcements to Its Pacific Territory

Violence Rages in New Caledonia as France Rushes Emergency Reinforcements to Its Pacific Territory

By Barbara Surk and Alex Turnbull
France imposed a state of emergency for the first time since 1985 as protests against voting reforms morphed into violence.

France Imposes Curfew in New Caledonia After Protests Turn Violent

France Imposes Curfew in New Caledonia After Protests Turn Violent

By Associated Press
The unrest started as French lawmakers debated voting reforms opposed by the indigenous Kanak people, who have long sought independence.
Australia’s Conundrum: A Coherent Defense Plan Needs a Coherent National Strategy

Australia’s Conundrum: A Coherent Defense Plan Needs a Coherent National Strategy

By Corey Lee Bell and Elena Collinson
Australia’s military strategy recognizes the nation’s distinctive vulnerabilities as an island nation in the Pacific, but its national strategy is more in the vein of a continental nation in Europe or North America.

Fiji’s Former PM Frank Bainimarama Sentenced to Prison for Interfering in Police Investigation

Fiji’s Former PM Frank Bainimarama Sentenced to Prison for Interfering in Police Investigation

By Rod McGuirk
The charges stem from 2019, when then-Prime Minister Bainimarama ended an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement at the University of the South Pacific.

Australia: How Child Maltreatment Drives Mental Health Crisis

Australia: How Child Maltreatment Drives Mental Health Crisis

By Lucinda Grummitt
Many cases of mental illness in Australia could be eradicated by targeting child maltreatment. The impacts of doing nothing are devastating.

AUKUS Faces Mounting Challenges. Australia Must Address Them.

AUKUS Faces Mounting Challenges. Australia Must Address Them.

By Nishank Motwani
Canberra needs to win public support and maintain political unity, while making strategic calculations that factor in a realizable Plan B.
New Zealand’s Geopolitical Friendly Fire Has Its Limits

New Zealand’s Geopolitical Friendly Fire Has Its Limits

By Geoffrey Miller
Australia and Canada are on the receiving end of fiery remarks made by New Zealand ministers, but there are limits to the tough talk.

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