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On dirt bike, Indonesia's Jokowi kickstarts presidency.

JAKARTA -- Sitting on a Kawasaki dirt bike with a camera fastened to his helmet, Indonesia President Joko Widodo led an entourage last month to inspect construction of the longest road in the eastern province of Papua.

- BangkokPost - TH

Wellington firm Evaluation Consult sells after PNG fail to pay $300,000 bill.

A Wellington company that struggled for years to recover more than $600,000 it was owed by the Papua New Guinea government has been sold.

- Stuff - NZ

Solomon Island children drown after rescue 'delayed because rescue helicopter bill hadn't been paid'.

At least 17 people including 13 children from a village church group in the Solomon Islands have drowned after a rescue mission was reportedly delayed for lack of funds when their boat sank between islands.

- Stuff - NZ

Musa Ibrahim stranded at Mt Carstensz base camp due to bad weather.

Bangladesh mountaineer Musa Ibrahim and his two team mates are stranded at the base camp of Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia's Papua Province.

- BDNews24 - BD

Controversial copper mine on Bougainville hits roadblock.

The push to reopen a controversial copper mine on the island of Bougainville has suffered a setback, with opposition groups stopping the region's government from going to the mine site and signing a new agreement with landowners.

- ABC News - AU

In rare victory, Australia will pay $53 million to refugees in abuse case.

Money can't bring back my four years I spent in hell,' one refugee said.Protestors against asylum seekers being deported, gather for a rally in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 4, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rob GriffithThousands of people have suffered under Australia's harsh detention and immigration policies. Now, the country is ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Australia reaches settlement with suing asylum seekers.

MELBOURNE, Australia " The Australian government reached a settlement on Wednesday with more than 1,900 asylum seekers who sued over their treatment at an immigration camp in Papua New Guinea.Australia refuses to resettle asylum...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Australia to Pay $53 Million Settlement to Asylum Seekers.

Settling a class-action lawsuit, Australia will pay $53 million in compensation to hundreds of asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea, some of whom may soon be heading to the U.S.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Australia's cruel, inhuman' immigration policy dealt major blow.

The Australian government agreed to pay more than $53 million Wednesday to settle a class action lawsuit from asylum seekers over their treatment at an immigration camp on a remote island in Papua New Guinea, reigniting calls for Australia to shutter its controversial and cruel' offshore detention policy for refugees.

- VICE News - US

Asylum seekers win $53 million detention settlement from Australian government.

SYDNEY - Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers held in a remote detention center in Papua New Guinea for more than two years will receive A$70 million in compensation after the Australian government agreed to settle their court case on Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

As Papua New Guinea Approaches New Elections, Human Rights Concerns Persist.

As Papua New Guinea's election approaches, its human rights record remains troubling.

- The Diplomat - US