K344m package to preserve environment

The financial support is dedicated to preserving nature, forests, and mitigating climate impact.

Papua New Guinea, boasting the world's third-largest primary rainforest, holds 7 per cent of the planet's biodiversity.

This innovative 'country package' represents a groundbreaking financing mechanism arising from an international dialogue seeking to fortify North-South solidarity. Its objectives include:

South Africa beat France in seven-try thriller

The hosts made a blistering start with an early try from prop Cyril Baille but they failed to deal with two high kicks as first Kurt-Lee Arendse sprinted to the corner before Damian de Allende plunged over to give the Springboks a 12-7 lead.

PNG signs documents for finance, infrastructure growth

French President in PNG

The meeting between President Macron and Prime Minister James Marape follows their earlier encounter in Gabon during the One-Forest Summit.

PM Marape, NCD Governor Powes Parkop, Motu-Koita Assembly Chairman Dadi Toka Jnr, Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Police Commissioner David Manning and PNG Defence Force Chief, Major General Mark Goina received French President Emmanuel Macron.

The French President arrived with the Prime Ministers of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

PM Marape hails French President’s visit

The visit marks a significant milestone as it will be the first time a French president has visited an independent country in the Pacific.

PM Marape views President Macron's visit as a testament to Papua New Guinea's growing global connectivity and prominence on the international stage.

He expressed enthusiasm for the opportunities the visit will bring to strengthen ties between the two nations and promote bilateral cooperation.

Marape invites France President to visit PNG

The invitation was extended during a meeting between PM Marape and Walid Fouque, Special Advisor for Asia and the Pacific to President Macron, held in Port Moresby on Monday.

Marape and President Macron previously met in Gabon, Central Africa, in March of this year on the sidelines of the One Forest Summit.

While discussing the potential visit, PM Marape stated: "There is a possibility that President Macron may visit PNG, however, this is subject to continued dialogue between France and PNG," expressing optimism about the potential visit.

Lionel Messi's Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in penalty shootout after thrilling 3-3 draw with France

It was an incredible night of drama and fluctuating fortunes, delivering one of the all-time great finals to cap a wonderful tournament.

Argentina had looked to be cruising to a one-sided victory after Messi's penalty and a brilliant goal by Angel Di Maria in the first half put them in total control, but Mbappe converted an 80th-minute penalty and volleyed in an equaliser a minute later to take the game to extra time.

France extinguish Morocco dream to reach World Cup final

  • Theo Hernandez and substitute Randal Kolo Muani score French goals
  • Morocco fall just short of becoming first African nation in World Cup final
  • Didier Deshamps' team will aim to regain Trophy in Argentina clash

France 2-0 Morocco

Goals: France: Hernandez (5), Kolo Muani (79)

Match review

English agony as Kane miss sends France through

  • Harry Kane scores one penalty but misses another as England crash out
  • Tchouameni and Giroud on target to send holders France through
  • Neither team deserved to lose a fantastic match full of first-rate football

England 1-2 France

Goals: England - Kane (54' pen); France - Tchouameni (17'), Giroud (78')

France will take on Morocco in the Qatar 2022 semi-finals after a thrilling, topsy-turvy 2-1 win over England at Al Bayt Stadium.

Sick killer whale 'found dead in France'

The four-metre male orca was first spotted two weeks ago near the river's mouth, but made its way dozens of miles upstream towards the city of Rouen.

A plan to guide it back to the sea using sound stimuli failed, and experts concluded it was seriously ill.

The authorities had been preparing to euthanise the animal but activists say it died of natural causes.

Environmental campaign group Sea Shepherd tweeted that the orca's corpse was found at 11:48 local time (09:48 GMT) on Monday.