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2006-05-21 00:24:22

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is prepared to recognize Indonesian rule over troubled Papua province in a security treaty being planned by the two nations, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Sunday. Relations between the neighbours have been severely strained by Canberra's decision in March to grant 42 Papuans asylum after they arrived by boat. Jakarta recalled its ambassador in protest. Leaders of Australia and Indonesia, facing their most serious disruption in relations since...

2006-05-20 19:52:58

By Jason Szep MEDFORD, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Australia's leader should sign a document recognizing Jakarta's rule over West Papua province to resolve a dispute over Canberra's decision to grant 42 Papuans asylum, a senior Indonesia official said on Saturday. Leaders of Australia and Indonesia, facing their most serious disruption of relations since bloodshed over East Timor independence in 1999, plan to meet soon to discuss the dispute, which caused Jakarta to recall its...

2006-04-23 00:53:44

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - Australia is sending additional troops to the Solomon Islands, as more Chinese nationals fled the country on Sunday amid rising tensions before parliament opens for the first time since post-election rioting. The election of new Prime Minister Snyder Rini sparked two days of rioting last week in the capital Honiara, where a curfew has been imposed. A peacekeeping force from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji is patrolling the capital. About 50...

2006-04-10 23:58:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian review of how it grants visas to asylum seekers could undermine the integrity and credibility of its refugee process, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday that the system was under review after a recent Immigration Department decision to grant asylum to 42 boat people from Indonesia's Papua province strained ties between Canberra and Jakarta. The government is considering...

2006-04-07 01:52:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas. Australia's Immigration Department recognized the 42 boat people from Indonesia's troubled Papua province as refugees last month after they sailed from their homeland in a traditional outrigger with a banner accusing Indonesia of genocide. Jakarta...

2006-04-05 03:11:20

By Diyan Jari and Michelle Nichols JAKARTA/CANBERRA (Reuters) - A family from Indonesia's troubled Papua province has reached Australia to seek safety and voice its grievances, a Papua-based Catholic priest said on Wednesday as Canberra investigates the truth of the report. If the family's arrival is confirmed, it will be the first boatload of Papuan refugees known to have landed in Australia since Canberra gave three-year protection visas last month to a group of 42, straining ties...

2006-04-05 00:41:25

By Diyan Jari and Michelle Nichols JAKARTA (Reuters) - A family from Indonesia's troubled Papua province has reached Australia to seek safety and voice its grievances, a Papua-based Catholic priest said on Wednesday as Canberra investigates the truth of the report. If the family's arrival is confirmed, it will be the first boatload of Papuan refugees known to have landed in Australia since Canberra three-year protection visas last month to a group of 42, straining ties between the...

2006-04-04 18:16:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is investigating reports on Wednesday that a second boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia's troubled Papua province had landed in northern Australia. Ties between Australia and Indonesia became strained last month after Canberra granted asylum to 42 Papuan refugees, who arrived in late January after sailing for five days in a traditional outrigger. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone confirmed there were reports another group of...

2006-04-04 01:42:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia's ties are too important to be hurt by a row over Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua region and the neighbors' strained bonds will recover, Australia said on Tuesday. Prime Minister John Howard said he had taken "careful note" of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's request that Canberra and Jakarta hold talks to review their relationship and ensure ties continue in good faith, honesty and...

2006-04-03 21:38:19

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia hopes to gradually rebuild communications with Indonesia after a row sparked by Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua province, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Tuesday. "We have to work through this period and I think from our point of view ... we just have to be cautious and sensitive about this," Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio. "I think it's just best to take things cautiously and...


Latest Papua Reference Libraries

Ropen
2014-02-17 19:11:38

The Ropen is a flying creature claimed to inhabit the area around Papua New Guinea. This creature is part of the local folklore, however, the natives believe it is a real animal. The description varies from being bat-like to Pterosaur-like. Its tail is 25 percent as long as its wingspan. It is said to have a diet of fish, but some claim the creature also consumes human flesh. There have been three expeditions in search of evidence of the Ropen’s existence. In 2006, Paul Nation...

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2007-12-27 10:11:13

Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...

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Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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