Australia is ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two human rights groups said on Wednesday. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

Australia is ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the(...)

Chinese paramilitary police officers secure the   entrance of the Philippine embassy in Beijing: The road to the mission was closed off by authorities  although the situation remained  calm. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing issued a swift and irate response to a ruling by an international tribunal in The Hague in favour of the Philippines on China’s claims over di(...)

The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the f(...)

Heavily-armed Papua New Guinea police form a roadblock preventing students from leaving the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Tuesday. Photograph: PNGFM News/Reuters

Dozens of people were wounded in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday after police opened fire on a student demonstration in the capital and riots erupted a(...)

 Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton: “These people would be taking Australian jobs, there’s no question about that,” he said. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s immigration minister brought border security and immigration to the centre of the 2016 election campaign, warning that resettling “illiter(...)

A March 2014 photograph made available this week, shows asylum seekers at the  Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/EPA

Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions o(...)

Aoife Ní Mhurchú: Experiencing Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines made me decide that emergency response was what I wanted to do

My life choices were greatly influenced by my uncle, who was a Society of African Missions priest. He worked in Africa for 40 years. As a child my ea(...)

 Two men waiving life jackets next to a large “Help” sign made of palm leaves as a US Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft spotted them on the deserted island of Fanadik in Micronesia. Photograph: John Knight/AFP/Getty Images

Three men who had been missing for three days were rescued from a deserted Pacific island after a US Navy plane spotted the word “help” spelled out in(...)

Denis O’Brien: Since Digicel’s IPO was pulled, he has faced the threat of stiffer competition in the Caribbean. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien waived about $20 million (€17.5m) of cash dividends last year from his Digicel Group and has promised the mobile company’s l(...)

People hold up placards at a protest outside an immigration office in Sydney this month. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors at an Australian hospital are refusing to release a baby girl facing repatriation to an offshore immigration detention camp, after she was tre(...)

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