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PNG High Court Reinstates Somare as Prime Minister

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has reinstated ailing independence leader Michael Somare as prime minister, in a ruling that says the election earlier this year of Somare’s replacement was unconstitutional. In a 3-2 decision, the court ruled Monday that there was no vacancy in the office of prime minister in August, when Mr. Somare’s replacement, […]

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State of Emergency Considered in Riot-Torn PNG City

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea say nine people are dead and about 1,000 are homeless after several days of ethnic riots in the nation’s second largest city of Lae. National police commissioner Tom Kulunga is in the port city Monday to determine whether a state of emergency should be declared to quell the violence. However, […]

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Deadly Tribal Clashes in Papua New Guinea

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea say 15 people were killed in fighting between two tribal groups last week. The fighting occurred last Friday in the town of Kainantu in the Pacific nation’s Eastern Highland province. Local police say the Agarabi tribe blamed another tribe, the Kamano, for the death of one of its men and […]

Papua New Guinea Gets New Leader in Parliamentary Coup

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Papua New Guinea’s parliament has elected a new prime minister to replace the ailing independence leader Arthur Somare. The job has gone to former treasurer Peter O’Neal, who was elected on a vote of 70 to 24 after a number of government legislators joined the opposition in a parliamentary coup. Somare, 75, has been in […]

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Son of PNG Acting Leader Charged with Murder

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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The adopted son of Papua New Guinea’s acting Prime Minister Sam Abal has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found at his father’s home in the capital of Port Moresby. Teo Abal was arrested Wednesday in a Port Moresby hotel, two days after the woman was found with her throat […]

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PNG Acting Leader’s Son is Questioned in Death of Woman

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea are questioning the son of acting Prime Minister Sam Abal in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found at Mr. Abal’s home of in the capital of Port Moresby. Police say Mr. Abal’s son Teo was detained for questioning Wednesday. He was seen entering the compound […]

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Woman’s Body Found at Home of PNG Acting Leader

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found at the home of acting Prime Minister Sam Abal in the capital of Port Moresby. In a statement carried by local news outlets, Mr. Abal says “all family members living with me are immediate suspects” and pledges to cooperate […]

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