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(...)

Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu On Saturday. Winds of up to 340 km/h hit the country as  category 5 cyclone named Pam was unleashed. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and repor(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Scrumhalf Will Genia at an Australia press conference in Killiney, Dublin. “The body feels good, the ankle feels good, I just need game time now.” Photograph: Inpho

Will Genia was the best scrumhalf in the world. A professional rugby player since the Queensland Reds pulled him and Quade Cooper from the under-19 wo(...)

Denis O’Brien in conversation with Reza Jafari of e-Development International, at the GETHealth, Global Education & Technology Health Summit, in Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Telecoms billionaire Denis O’Brien has challenged Google, Facebook and other internet companies to contribute to the cost of making broadband availab(...)

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien: will have received nearly all of the dividend of $10 million paid by  the company in the first quarter.  Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Revenues at Denis O’Brien’s telecoms group Digicel, which has operations in the Caribbean, Central America and the south Pacific, were flat in the (...)

Thousands of protesters occupy a main street at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Reuters

Twirling a handful of yellow ribbons pressed into my hand to signify peace with Hong Kong’s protesters, and with eyes reddened by tear gas, I’m ponde(...)

Australia’s Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott won an election last September after campaigning on tough immigration policies, which have been criticised internationally but which polls show remain popular with voters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said today, (...)

 Unhelpful welcome: refugees on the roof  of  Port Hedland   detention centre in Western Australia in the 1990s

Governments and communities trying to deal with the problem of refugees and asylum seekers should focus less on the minutiae of international laws an(...)