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A medieval engraving of the persecution of witches: historians are increasingly demonstrating that belief in witchcraft survived in Western Europe well into the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries. Wikimedia Commons

Can we learn from the past in tackling witchcraft-related violence today?

It is estimated that thousands of people are killed in witchcraft-related violence around the world each year. How can we tackle this problem today?
Ten-year-old Stanton in the ruins of his home following the earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea in February. EPA/Thomas Nybo/UNICEF

Aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea as it recovers from a remote major earthquake

Fresh earthquakes and aftershocks hit parts of Papua New Guinea following February's deadly quake. It's Australia's slow push north that's part of PNG's seismic activity.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake took place on February 25, 81km southwest of Porgera, Papua New Guinea. US Geological Survey

The science of landslides, and why they’re so devastating in PNG

Why is Papua New Guinea so susceptible to landslides? Steep terrain, earthquakes and aftershocks plus recent seasonal rains have created an environment that is prone to collapse.
The universal sign for ‘Look over there!’ isn’t so common in some cultures. Helena Ohman/Shutterstock.com

The way humans point isn’t as universal as you might think

It was long thought that humans everywhere favor pointing with the index finger. But some fieldwork out of Papua New Guinea identified a group of people who prefer to scrunch their noses.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994. Unknown photographer Image supplied by David Bridie and Gideon Kakabin

The A Bit na Ta exhibition reminds us of our forgotten links to Papua New Guinea

An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Many small island nations can adapt to climate change with global support

Although climate change threatens the world's small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
A new study, recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, will help inform the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Rob Davis

The good news and bad news about the rare birds of Papua New Guinea

A team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the bird population is faring. There's good news and bad news.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields. AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Ray Strange

Australia must catch up with Papua New Guinea on how we tax gas

The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
Agnes Prest from the Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance interrupts Malcolm Turnbull’s economic address. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Turnbull demands answers on protest over asylum seekers

An angry Malcolm Turnbull has asked CEDA for a 'please explain' and the Australian Federal Police for a full incident report about the protest over Nauru and Manus Island.

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