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Indonesian Police Storm Separatist Rally in Papua

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses and media reports say security forces have stormed a political rally against Indonesian rule in Papua province. The Jakarta Globe newspaper quoted police Wednesday in eastern Papua confirming dozens of injured, and the paper said journalists were among those beaten by police with batons and canes. The paper carried a photograph of detainees with […]

28 Dead in Papua New Guinea Plane Crash

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least 28 people were killed when a small passenger plane went down in stormy weather in a heavily-forested area of northern Papua New Guinea. The two pilots, one Australian and one from New Zealand, survived, as did two passengers, a Papuan and a Chinese. The plane, a twin-engine Airlines PNG Dash 8, was flying […]

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Plane Crash in Papua New Guinea Kills 28, 4 Survivors

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two pilots are among the four people who have survived a plane crash on Papua New Guinea’s north coast that killed 28 people. A small plane crashed Wednesday evening in dense forest, near the mouth of the Gogol River, about 20 kilometers south of the resort center of Madang. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs […]

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Plane Carrying 32 Crashes in Papua New Guinea

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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A passenger plane with 32 people on board crashed Thursday in a remote northern area of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. There were early witness reports of four survivors. Aviation officials say the Airlines PNG twin propeller plane was flying from the mountain gateway city of Lae to coastal Madang when it […]

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Small Passenger Plane Crashes in Papua New Guinea, Some Fatalities

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A small passenger plane has crashed in Papua New Guinea, killing some of the 32 people on board. The Airlines PNG Dash 8 aircraft crashed Thursday on a domestic flight from Lae to Madang on the island nation’s northern coast. Papua New Guinea’s Accident Investigation Commission said some people were killed, but it was not […]

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Says Papua Needs Autonomy

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says his government is fully aware of rights abuses in Indonesia’s resource-rich Papua region. Natalegawa told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York the government understands the two provinces of Papua “need special attention, special empowerment” and that autonomy is the solution. Indonesia took over Papua in 1969 from […]

Thousands of Papuans March for Independence From Indonesia

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people in Indonesia’s far-eastern Papua region protested Tuesday for independence, following political violence that killed 21 people. Demonstrators marched past heavily armed anti-riot police in cities in Papua, including the provincial capital, Jayapura. The protesters demanded a referendum on independence from Indonesia. Those rallying in Jayapura tried to reach the provincial parliament building, […]

Clashes in Indonesia’s Papua Kills 17

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Seventeen people have been killed in Indonesia’s far-eastern Papua region in clashes that erupted between supporters of rival political candidates. A Papua police spokesman says the fighting occurred Sunday in the region’s Puncak district. The spokesman says several people were injured in the brawl, which saw angry mobs setting fire to buildings and vehicles. Media […]

Long-Ruling Papuan PM Said Ready to Retire

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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The son of Papua New Guinea’s long-serving prime minister, Michael Somare, says his ailing father has decided to resign. Arthur Somare told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Port Moresby, that his 75-year-old father has decided to step down in order to end a period of uncertainly about the country’s political future. Mr. Somare led Papua […]

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