Palau and Wallis and Futuna have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. Also known as elephantiasis, the mosquito-borne disease can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability. The World Health Organisation said the elimination came after nearly four decades…

The pro-independence Caledonian Union says it will discuss the territory’s sovereignty directly with the French state, should the path of the referendum fail to give Kanaks independence. In a weekend speech to the party leadership, its president Daniel Goa restated…

The police in Solomon Islands are investigating the death of a young girl following an alleged rape. The police say the 12 year old died after after allegedly being raped during a community function on Tikopia Island in Temotu province…

The commander of the West Papua Liberation Army remains at large in the mountains of Puncak Jaya and is reportedly being pursued by Indonesia’s military. Human rights advocates in Papua province said seven people were killed last week by Indonesian…

Reports from Indonesia’s Papua province say seven West Papuans have been killed in a military operation in remote Puncak Jaya regency. The remote Highlands area has been the focus of efforts by the Indonesian military, or TNI, to hunt down…

The chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, is being considered for the Freedom of Oxford award. Mr Wenda and his family are based in the United Kingdom city where he was granted asylum in 2002…