A view of the Christmas Island detention centre, Christmas Island, Australia. Photograph: Lloyd Jones/EPA

Australian authorities have regained control of its controversial immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, officials have said, after the dea(...)

Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. Photograph: Andrea Hayward/EPA

Australian opposition politicians on Monday demanded that the government disclose the extent of destruction caused by ongoing riots at a controversial(...)

A concern for fund managers was that only a tiny proportion of Digicel revenues come from cable and fibre services. Photograph: Reuters

The warning lights started flashing over the weekend in the Carribbean, suggesting all was not well with Denis O’Brien’s plan to raise up to $2 billio(...)

Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony de Brum (centre) at the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  Photograph: Ness Kerton/AFP/Getty Images

Pacific leaders have hit out at the insensitivity of an Australian minister’s apparent joke at the expense of low-lying nations struggling against ris(...)

Almost 365,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe since January, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the enduring angst about emigration, most of us who’ve left now probably consider ourselves better off. This is a harsh observation but what t(...)

Denis O’Brien: he founded Digicel  in Jamaica in 2001, the company has grown across the Caribbean, central America and the south Pacific. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel’s planned flotation is a signal that the business has arrived at a crossroads. Since he founded it with the launch of a new mo(...)

Australia has vowed to stop asylum-seekers reaching its shores, turning boats back to Indonesia when it can and sending asylum-seekers to camps in impoverished Papua New Guinea and Nauru for long-term detention. Photograph: Saeed Khansaeed/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott declined to comment on Friday on reports the Australian navy paid a group of people-smugglers thousands of dolla(...)

 Storm Uechtritz  in  Dublin.  “Sometimes in life it really helps to take a step back and try to understand that there are always two sides to a story.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesTimes

RTÉ researchers shouldn’t wait too long to book Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz, for the popular genealogical TV show Who Do You Think You Are?(...)

The US Geological Survey has said the quake’s depth was about 37 miles. Photograph: Google Maps

A powerful earthquake has rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea but no tsunami was seen and there were no immediate reports of d(...)

A handout picture released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a map of the region (white cross) in Papua New Guinea where a 7.5 to 7.6 magnitude earthquake occured on Monday. Photograph: EPA

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.The(...)