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Rebel Leader Demands Return of Former Papua New Guinea PM

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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A retired military commander who claims to have taken over Papua New Guinea’s armed forces has given a seven-day deadline for the government to re-instate former Prime Minister Michael Somare. Reports say Yaura Sasa and at least a dozen rebel soldiers seized a military barracks in the capital, Port Moresby, on Thursday before taking over […]

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PNG Landslide Kills at Least 40

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A landslide has hit a rural area in central Papua New Guinea, killing at least 40 people. Local news reports early Wednesday said 40 bodies have been recovered but that at least another 20 people are still missing. The landslide struck early Tuesday in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands, a remote area with several small […]

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PNG Landslide Kills at Least 40

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A landslide has hit a rural area in central Papua New Guinea, killing at least 40 people. Local news reports early Wednesday said that 40 bodies have been recovered but that another 20 people are still missing. Local emergency officials say the situation is still too fluid to confirm the numbers. The accident occurred on […]

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PNG Governor-General Reverses Course, Backs O’Neill

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s governor-general says he was wrong to reinstate ousted leader Michael Somare as prime minister, signaling a possible breakthrough in the country’s tense political stalemate. Governor-General Michael Ogio swore in the government of Mr. Somare last week after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that he was illegally removed from power while in Singapore […]

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PNG Governor-General Reverses Course, Backs O’Neill

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s governor-general says he was wrong to reinstate ousted leader Michael Somare as prime minister, signaling a possible breakthrough in the country’s tense political stalemate. Governor-General Michael Ogio swore in the government of Mr. Somare last week after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that he was illegally removed from power while in Singapore […]

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Somare Government Installed in Papua New Guinea Amid Stalemate

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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The political stalemate continued Wednesday in Papua New Guinea, where the new government of deposed Prime Minister Michael Somare has been sworn in, even as his rival refuses to follow a court order to step down. The dispute began Monday, when the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Somare had been illegally removed from power earlier […]

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea shaking parts of the country for several minutes. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 89 kilometers southwest of the country second largest city, Lae. The strong tremor, initially rated as a 7.3 magnitude, struck at a […]

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 89 kilometers southwest of the country second largest city, Lae. The strong tremor, initially rated as a 7.3 magnitude, struck at a depth of about 115 kilometers. The Pacific Tsunami […]

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PNG Political Stalemate over PM Post Continues

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s parliamentary speaker has refused to comply with a Supreme Court order reinstating independence leader Michael Somare as prime minister. Speaker Jeffery Nape said Tuesday that he would only recognize the government of Peter O’Neill, who was elected by lawmakers in August while Mr. Somare was out of the country receiving medical treatment. […]

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PNG Political Stalemate over PM Post Continues

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s parliamentary speaker has refused to comply with a Supreme Court order reinstating independence leader Michael Somare as prime minister. Speaker Jeffery Nape said Tuesday that he would only recognize the government of Peter O’Neill, who was elected by lawmakers in August while Mr. Somare was out of the country receiving medical treatment. […]

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