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New Guinea Island is the 2nd largest island in the world and is shared by West Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, an Indonesian province, and the independent nation of Papua New Guinea. The island of Bougainville was governed by Papua New Guinea.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-16)(WUD, 1994, p.962)(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A13)(NH, 10/98, p.92)
A cultural turning point was caused when the Portuguese introduced the sweet potato.
    (SFC, 9/7/96, p.B4)
Papua New Guinea is about the size of California and counted some 869 tribal languages.
    (SFC,11/14/97, p.D2)(Econ, 5/7/05, Survey p.11)
Papua New Guinea is an impoverished, corruption-riven country struggling with an underfunded, undertrained police force struggling to keep a lid on violence in society. The capital, Port Moresby, is considered one of the world's most dangerous cities outside a war zone.
    (AP, 9/1/05)    

400000BC - 48000BC     A human group, later called the Denisovans, lived in Asia during this period. They then interbred with humans expanding from Africa along the coast of South Asia. In 2010 fossil evidence from a Siberian cave in 2008 revealed that their DNA was related to the DNA of people from New Guinea, which contained 4.8% Denisovan DNA. 3-5% of the DNA from native people of Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and other nearby islands came from Denisovans, who left Africa as far back as 800,000 BC. In 2014 scientists reported that a genetic between extinct Denisovans and some modern-day Tibetans and Sherpas.
    (SFC, 12/23/10, p.A4)(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.C11)(SFC, 7/3/14, p.D1)

50,000 BCE    The stone age culture of this area goes back this time.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)

c5,000BCE    Research in 2003 indicated that bananas and taro were cultivated in the highlands of Papua New Guinea as long as 7,000 years ago. The first signs of human habitation in the area occurred c5,800 BCE and included a change from forest to grasslands and increase in charcoal in the sediments. The earliest Asian influence on the islands occurred about 1,500 BCE.
    (AP, 6/19/03)

1300BC    The Lapita people took once again to the open seas about this time, pushing east past the Solomon Islands to the Bismarck archipelago and beyond to Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. Theses Southeast Asian peoples had headed south from Taiwan to Papua New Guinea and as far as the main Solomon islands, where they stopped some 40,000 years ago.
    (AFP, 11/9/10)
1522        18 survivors of the original Magellan expedition completed the circumnavigation of the globe under Sebastian del Cano. Plumes of the bird of paradise from New Guinea were first brought back to Europe.
    (TL-MB, p.12)(NH, 9/96, p.8)

1767        Louis Antoine de Bougainville of France sailed to the islands of New Guinea. He encountered the ritual of gift giving to one's enemy, which obligated the enemy to give back even more.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R4)

1878        Apr, A Fijian minister and three teachers were killed and eaten by Tolai tribespeople on the Gazelle Peninsula of Papua New Guinea. In 2007 descendants of the Tolai apologized for their forefathers' actions. Englishman George Brown directed and took part in a punitive expedition that resulted in a number of Tolais being killed and several villages burnt down. Official investigations by British colonial authorities in the Pacific cleared him of criminal charges.
    (AFP, 8/16/07)

1906        Sep 1, Papua New Guinea was placed under Australian administration, which continued to 1973.
    (www.hubert-herald.nl/PapuaNewGuinea.htm)(Econ, 5/28/11, SR p.17)

1910        Jun 2, Pygmies were discovered in Dutch New Guinea (Papua).
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1920-1950    Fore people of Papua New Guinea were devastated by an epidemic of kuru, a brain-destroying disease caused by abnormal proteins called prions.
    (SFC, 4/11/03, p.A6)

1937        Jul 2, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan left Lae in Papua, New Guinea and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator. They failed to arrive at their scheduled stop at Howland Island. Noonan was alcoholic and had been on a binge the night before. Radioman Leo Bellarts was the last person to communicate with Earhart.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12)(AP, 7/2/97)(SFEC, 7/6/97, p.B10)

1942        Mar 7, Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
    (HN, 3/7/98)

1942        Aug 26, Japanese troops landed on New Guinea, Milne Bay.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1943        Jan 2, The Allies captured Buna in New Guinea.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1943        Sep 4, Allied troops captured Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.
    (HN, 9/4/98)

1943        Dec 17, U.S. forces invaded New Britain Island in New Guinea.
    (HN, 12/17/98)

1944        Feb 15, Nathan Gordon (1916-2008), US Navy pilot from Arkansas, and his crew made 4 separate flying boat landings to rescue a number of aviators from B-52 bombers, which had been shot down while attacking Japanese positions near Kavieng harbor on New Ireland Island, Papua New Guinea. Gordon later became the longest-serving lieutenant governor of Arkansas.
    (SFC, 9/15/08, p.B8)

1944        Feb 29, US forces caught Japanese troops off-guard and easily took control of the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea.
    (HN, 2/29/00)

1944        Mar 11, The US B-24 bomber Heaven Can't Wait was shot down over a bay near Papua New Guinea killing all eleven crew members. Wreckage of the plane was found in 2018.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A1)

1944        Apr 10, A US B-24 Liberator was shot down over Madang while on a bombing mission to knockout Japanese anti-aircraft positions in Papua New Guinea. 4 members of the crew exited the plane, were captured and executed. 8 others went down with the plane. In 2014 the remains of two missing airmen were identified using DNA and other evidence.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A7)

1944        Apr 22, During World War II, U.S. forces and Allies began invading Japanese-held New Guinea with amphibious landings near Hollandia, New Guinea.
    (AP, 4/22/97)(HN, 4/22/98)

1944        May 27, Gen. MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1944        Jul 5, The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tried to counterattack but was soon beaten back by U.S. forces.
    (HN, 7/5/98)

1945        Australian soldier Edward Kenna (d.2009 at 90) single-handedly stormed a Japanese machine-gun nest at Wewak, New Guinea, firing a Bren gun from his hip with enemy bullets passing under his arms as he advanced. Kenna was awarded a Victoria Cross for his valor.
    (AFP, 7/9/09)

1945        The Territory of New Guinea under Australia merged with the Territory of Papua.
    (WUD, 1994, p.962)

1950-1959    Cannibalism was banned in Papua New Guinea.
    (SFC, 4/11/03, p.A6)
1950-1959    The first outsiders to regularly contact the Bahinemo people of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s were traders looking for crocodile skins and carvings.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)

1951        The Lamington volcano erupted and 2,942 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1953        Dec, Ornithologist E. Thomas Gilliard (d.1965 at age 52) and his wife, Margaret, arrived in New Guinea to study birds in the Viktor Emanuel Range. Police activities forced them to remake plans and they proceeded to survey the Sepik River and to photograph the Iatmul and Sawos people who lived along its banks.
    (NH, 10/98, p.92)

1956        Evangelicals from the Summer Institute of Linguistics, based in Dallas, began to translate the Bible into local languages.
    (SFC,11/14/97, p.D2)

1959        Papua became independent from Australia.
    (WUD, 1994, p.962)

1961        Dec 1, The Territory of New Guinea declared independence from the Netherlands.
    (WUD, 1994, p.962)(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)

1963        Sovereignty over West Papua was transferred from the Netherlands to Indonesia. A UN approved referendum, involving some 1,000 handpicked pro-Jakarta Papuans, ratified the annexation in 1969.
    (WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A23)

1967        Australia pressured mining-company officials to develop the Panguna mine on Bougainville in the face of local opposition. Cabinet minutes of this were not declassified until 1998.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)

1968        In Papua New Guinea Michael Somare (b.1936) was first elected to parliament. He later served 3 terms as prime minister.
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.35)

1969        Jul 14 - 1969 Aug 2, In West Papua the "Act of Free Choice" was conducted by the Indonesian military forces. A UN approved referendum, involving 1,026 handpicked pro-Jakarta tribal chiefs, ratified Indonesia’s 1963 annexation of West Papua. Many voted at gunpoint in the unanimous decision. In papers released in 2004 it was revealed that US Ambassador Marshall Green in 1969 had foreknowledge that Indonesia had no intention of allowing a Papuan vote that might prevent Indonesia from annexing West Papua as a Indonesian province; he further pointed out that any UN member would be unwise to expect free or direct elections.
    (WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A23)(SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A15)(http://tinyurl.com/7cxq3)(Econ, 6/30/12, p.46)

1969        Australian bulldozers arrive on Bougainville and began work at the Panguna mine. Local women were unsuccessful in trying to stop the work.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia. In 2011 Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa became associate members.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)(Econ., 2/13/21, p.41)

1975        Sep 1, Bougainville Island announced the formation of the "Republic of the North Solomons," but failed in its bid to secede from Papua New Guinea.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bougainville)

1975        Sep 16, Papua New Guinea (PNG), a former Australian colony, became independent. Michael Somare (b.1936) served as the first prime minister.
    (WSJ, 12/20/96, p.B8)(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)

1980        Mar 11, Julius Chan (b.1939) succeeded Michael Somare as PM of Papua New Guinea.

1982        Former PM Michael Somare (1975-1980) succeeded Julius Chan as prime minister of Papua New Guinea. This was his 2nd term.

1985        Paias Wingti (b.1951) succeeded Michael Somare as prime minister of Papua New Guinea and served to 1988.

1988        Sir Rabbie Namaliu (b.1947) began serving as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and continued to 1992.

1988        Francis Ona threatened to close down the Panguna open-pit copper mine on Bougainville. He demanded half the profits for local landowners, $11.5 billion compensation for environmental damage, and independence for Bougainville.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1,14)

1988-1997    A separatist war on Papua New Guinea’ island of Bougainville claimed about 5,000 lives over this period and led to the closure of a big copper mine run by Rio Tinto.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)

1989        May, In Papua New Guinea fighting on Bougainville Island forced the closure of Bougainville Copper, one of the world’s ten largest copper mines. It was jointly owned by RTZ-CRA and the government. Part of the cause for the civil war was environmental damage caused by the huge Panguna copper mine and insufficient land royalties paid to landowners.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A15)(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A13)(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)

1989        Bougainville islanders formed the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) under former land surveyor Francis Ona. Papua new Guinea imposed a naval and air blockade. A counterinsurgent group called Resistance was formed.
    (SFC, 12/29/01, p.A9)

1990        Francis Ona declared independence and himself president of what he called Meekamuii. Papua New Guinea tightened its blockade.
    (SFC, 12/29/01, p.A9)
1990        In Papua New Guinea soldiers withdrew from Bougainville following a ceasefire with the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA).
    (Econ, 2/9/08, p.48)

1990        Businessmen and politicians journeyed into the Hunstein Forest to collect the “x’s" of clansmen on a deal to sell their forest for royalty payments. The government in Port Moresby, the capital, has since suspended the deal.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)

1992        Former PM Paias Wingti (1985-1988) succeeded Rabbie Namaliu as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and continued to 1994.

1994        Former PM Julius Chan (1980-1982) succeeded Paias Wingti as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and continued to 1997.

1994        In California at Stanford Univ. 10 master artists from the Kwoma and Iatmul cultures of the Sepik River of New Guinea carved poles for the New Guinea Sculpture Garden near Robley Hall.
    (SFC, 8/18/99, p.D5)

1994        Two volcanoes on the opposite sides of one of the Duke of York Islands erupted for 4 months. Evacuees moved back to the islands but found that the lands had begun sinking into the Pacific. [see 1999]
    (SFC, 11/6/99, p.A24)

1996        Oct 12, Theodore Miriung, head of the Bougainville Transitional Government of Papua, New Guinea, was assassinated.
    (SFC, 10/16/96, p.A10)

1996        Nov, A volcano on Manam Island erupted. 7,000 villagers were on standby for evacuation.
    (SFC, 11/16/96, p.C1)

1996        Edward Marriott, English reporter, authored “The Lost Tribe," an account of his search for the “Stone Age" Liawep people.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, BR p.6)

1996        The 500 Bahinemo people and the several hundred Bitara people were faced with the decision over whether to allow logging in their 2,300 sq. miles of primeval woodland.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)

1997        Jan, The government of Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan decided to hire foreign mercenaries for $36 million to crush the revolt in Bougainville.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)

1997        Feb, The government under Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan hired Sandline Int’l., a company that provides military training and support, to help put an end to the bloody secessionist movement on Bougainville Island. Sandline in turn subcontracted much of the work to the South African mercenary firm Executive Outcomes, known for its effective work in Angola and Sierra Leone.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A15)(SFC, 3/21/97, p.A20)

1997        Mar 1, Prime Minister Julius Chan announced that the government would buy the 54% stake in Bougainville Copper held by RTZ-CRA Ltd.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A15)

1997        Mar 17, The government fired army commander Brigadier Gen’l. Jerry Singirok. He refused to accept the hiring of the British mercenary firm Sandline Int’l.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A12)

1997        Mar 19, In Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, police fired tear gas and warning shots at more than 2,000 civilians protesting the government’s $27 million contract with Sandline Int’l. to quell rebels on Bougainville.
    (SFC, 3/20/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/29/03)

1997        Mar 26, Prime Minister Julius Chan resigned due to the public uproar over plans to use mercenaries in Bougainville.
    (SFC, 3/26/97, p.A14)

1997        Jun, In elections the government of Sir Julius Chan was swept out of office.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)

1997        Jun, Papua New Guinea PM Bill Skate formed a shaky coalition government: “...if I tell my gang members to kill, they kill... there’s no other godfather. I’m the godfather..." He later claimed to be drunk using the described “Johnny Walker defense." Skate resigned in 1999 after serving 18 months as prime minister.
    (WSJ, 4/14/98, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Skate)

1997        Jul, Gen’l. Jerry Singirok, leader of the March revolt against prime minister Chan, was decommissioned. Elections were completed and a new government was to be announced at the end of the month.
    (SFC, 7/11/97, p.A11)

1997        Nov 26, It was reported that  gas reserve of 4 trillion cubic feet around Kutubu, in Papua New Guinea, was planned to be delivered to Australia across a 1,500 mile pipeline by Chevron Corp. by mid-2001.
    (SFC,11/26/97, p.B1)

1998        Jan 23, Warring parties on Bougainville signed a peace agreement that would go into effect on April 30. An estimated 10,000 people died during the 10 year civil strife, mostly non-combatants from untreated disease. Some 1,000 rebels died and about 2,200 government sympathizers.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 1, it was reported that Port Moresby, a fortress city of 320,000, had 8% of the nation’s population and 46% of its crime. Assault rifles were reported to be becoming part of the weaponry of Huli tribesmen.
    (WSJ, 4/1/98, p.A1)

1998        Jul 17, In Papua New Guinea a 23-foot tidal wave followed a 7.0 earthquake at the Solomon Islands and killed at 2,500-3,000 people. The villages of Malol, Arop, Otto, Warupu and Sissano were turned into barren strips of sand.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/18/99)

1999        Nov, It was reported that the Duke of York Islands were sinking into the Pacific at 4-6 inches per year. Government scientists recommended that the 20,000 residents be relocated.
    (SFC, 11/6/99, p.A24)

1999        Sir Michael Morauta began serving as prime minister of Papua New Guinea. He held office to 2002.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)

2000        Jun 4, In West Papua separatists made a declaration of independence. Thaha Alhamid read the declaration before thousands gathered in Jayapura.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)

2000        Nov 16, A tidal wave followed a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and left at least one person dead and at some 5,000 people homeless.
    (WSJ, 11/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/25/00, p.D8)

2001        May 9, In Papua New Guinea the Bougainville Provincial Peace Consultative committee adopted a peace plan and opposing factions agreed to lay down their weapons. The agreement entailed the PNG government’s accepting an Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and a referendum on independence to be held between 2015-2020.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)(Econ, 2/9/08, p.48)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)

2001        Jun 26, In Papua, New Guinea, police killed at least 3 students protesting government austerity measures. Another 13 were wounded and rioting ensued.
    (WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 11, In Indonesia Theys Eluay (64), an independence movement leader in Irian Jaya, was found strangled in his wrecked car and riots erupted. He had spent the previous evening at dinner with local army commanders. In 2003 7 members of the Indonesia special forces were convicted for involvement in the murder. Their maximum sentence was 31/2 years.
    (SFC, 11/12/01, p.A12)(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A3)(SFC, 4/22/03, A7)

2001        Irian Jaya, the Indonesia half of Papua New Guinea, was renamed Papua.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.46)

2002        Jan 23, Papua New Guinea voted to grant autonomy and the right to a referendum on total independence to Bougainville.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)

2002        Jun 14, Voting began in Papua New Guinea's general election with hopes that it would bring some stability to the struggling Pacific nation. Former 2 time PM Michael Somare returned to power.
    (AP, 6/14/02)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)

2002        Jul 10, Two people were hacked to death and a police station was overrun by armed tribesmen who stole ballot boxes and freed prisoners in the latest election-related violence in Papua, New Guinea.
    (AP, 7/11/02)

2002        Aug 5, In Papua New Guinea lawmakers elected founding father Michael Somare as the new prime minister, as armed riot police surrounded Parliament.
    (AP, 8/5/02)

2002        Sep, Mount Pago spewed silicone ash and a serious eruption was expected. Parts of New Britain Island were made uninhabitable.
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.A18)

2002        Sep 9, An earthquake struck just off Papua New Guinea's north coast, killing 3 people and causing a tidal wave that washed away at least 40 homes.
    (AP, 9/9/02)

2003        May 2, In Papua New Guinea a landslide buried a meeting hall under mud and debris, killing at least eight people as they listened to election results.
    (AP, 5/3/03)

2003        Jun 19, A team of Australian researchers reported that bananas and taro were cultivated ion the highlands of Papua New Guinea as long as 7,000 years ago.
    (AP, 6/19/03)

2003        Dec, Australia launched an enhanced cooperation program for Papua New Guinea.
    (Econ, 5/7/05, Survey p.11)

2003        The Indonesia half of Papua New Guinea was split into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.46)

2005        May, Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruled that Australian deployment of policemen to fight lawlessness and corruption violated its constitution. This upset a $760 million enhanced cooperation program (ECP) aimed at fighting lawlessness and corruption.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.36)

2005        Aug 31, A new report said police last January in Papua New Guinea had collared a teen suspected of picking the pocket of a soldier and dispensed their own justice. The officers beat him, slammed his head into a truck and burned him.
    (AP, 9/1/05)

2005        Sep 9, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2006        Jan 20, In Papua New Guinea a landslide sent mud and boulders smashing through a remote village, killing at least eight people and leaving five more missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 1/23/06)

2006        Apr 24, The annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were awarded in San Francisco. The winners included Craig Williams (58) for helping to persuade Congress to order the Defense Dept. to consider alternatives to incinerating chemical weapons; Tarcisio Feitosa (35) of Brazil for his campaign against rampant logging; Olya Melen (26) of Ukraine for her suits forcing the government to scale back a large canal project impacting wetlands; Yu Xiaogang (35) of China for his reports on damages caused by new dams; Silas Siakor (36) of Liberia for his documentation showing how logging was used to fund civil war; and Anne Kajir of Papua New Guinea for her work to get reimbursements from logging companies to peasants.
    (WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B7)

2006        Aug 1, The Papua New Guinea government declared a state of emergency in the resource-rich Southern Highlands province. PM Somare said security forces had been sent to the graft-ridden province and government controllers appointed to try to restore good governance.
    (AFP, 8/1/06)

2006        Oct 15, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia would cut ministerial contacts with its northern neighbor until an investigation was held into the escape from Papua New Guinea of a Solomon Islands official wanted on child sex charges. Julian Moti, now in custody in the Solomons and facing charges of illegal entry, was wanted in Australia on child sex charges involving a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu in 1997. Moti was deported to Australia in 2007. His case was thrown out in December after the court found that Australian officials had colluded in his illegal deportation.
    (AFP, 10/15/06)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.51)(Econ, 5/19/12, p.49)

2007        Jun 30, Voting in general elections began in Papua New Guinea and was scheduled to continue to July 10. An average of 25 candidates stood for each of 109 seats. Bad weather pushed completion to mid July. The population numbered about 6 million.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.42)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)

2007        The Beck's petrel was photographed by an Israeli ornithologist in the Bismarck Archipelago, a group of islands northeast of Papua New Guinea. The pale-bellied bird species was last seen in 1929 and long thought to be extinct.
    (AP, 3/7/08)

2008        May 6, Two senior Taiwanese officials resigned over the loss of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to persuade Papua New Guinea to officially recognize Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/6/08)

2009        Jan 27, Pacific Island leaders gathered in Port Moresby and threatened to expel Fiji from their forum if coup leader Frank Bainimarama fails to announce credible plans for elections.
    (Econ, 1/31/09, p.48)(www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2475598.htm)

2009        Mar 25, Conservation International, a Washington D.C.-based conservation group, announced the discovery of over 50 new animal species in a remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea. The group spent the past several months analyzing more than 600 animal species found during its expedition to the South Pacific island nation in July and August.
    (AP, 3/25/09)

2009        May 15, In Indonesia 6 Asia-Pacific countries, meeting at the World Oceans Conference, agreed on a management plan to protect one of the world's largest networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities. The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security covered an area defined as the Coral Triangle, which spans Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
    (AP, 5/15/09)

2009        Aug 11, In Papua New Guinea a charter plane carrying 13 people to a popular tourist site vanished on approach in bad weather to an airport nestled in rugged terrain. No survivors were found in the wreckage, which was located the next day in the mountainous Kokoda region.
    (AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/12/09)

2010        Jan 12, In Papua New Guinea 38 people were killed and 18 others hospitalized after two speeding buses crashed head-on while trying to drive around potholes.
    (AP, 1/13/10)

2010        Feb 12, The WHO said a cholera outbreak on Papua New Guinea has killed at least 40 people over the last several months.
    (SFC, 2/13/10, p.A2)

2010        Oct 6, Scientists unveiled a spectacular array of more than 200 new species discovered in the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, including a white-tailed mouse and a tiny, long-snouted frog.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2011        Jun 13, In Papua New Guinea Theo Abal (21), the adopted son of the acting PM Sam Abal, slashed the throat of a 29-year-old hostess he met in a bar. Abal was charged with murder after the body of the waitress was found at the family home.
    (AP, 6/16/11)

2011        Jun 19, In Papua New Guinea an attacker fired 2 arrows hitting Matt Scheurich as the 28-year-old New Zealander relaxed on a river bank while his girlfriend, a French doctoral student studying tribal life, swam in the river. The attacker also threw rocks at Scheurich's head and then attempted to sexually assault the French woman. The couple were air lifted out and treated at Kiunga Hospital and then in Cairns, Australia.
    (AP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jun 28, In Papua New Guinea the Somare family, led by his wife, Lady Veronica Somare, announced Michael Somare's retirement as Prime Minister and from politics. Somare was still hospitalized in intensive care at Raffles Hospital in Singapore at the time of his retirement, more than three months after he underwent heart surgery in April 2011.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Somare)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.35)

2011        Aug 2, In Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neill became prime minister after the speaker ruled the post vacant. He took office on an anti-corruption platform.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_O%27Neill)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.45)(Econ 7/1/17, p.34)

2011        Aug 19, Papua New Guinea, 96% Christian, announced that it has named August 26 as the National Day of Repentence, a time for people to ask forgiveness for their sins.
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.M3)(http://tinyurl.com/lz8ba4x)

2011        Oct 13, A Papua New Guinea Dash 8 passenger plane carrying 32 people crashed near the coast. Witness reports said only four people on board had survived.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)(SFC, 10/14/11, p.A2)

2011        Dec 12, Veteran PNG leader Sir Michael Somare (75) was reinstated as Papua New Guinea's prime minister when the Supreme Court ruled the election of Peter O'Neill was unconstitutional.
    (AFP, 12/12/11)

2011        Dec 15, Papua New Guinea politics were deadlocked, with two men claiming to be prime minister, two governments saying they hold power, rival police chiefs maintaining the peace — and no one sure who actually was in charge.
    (AP, 12/15/11)

2011        Dec 20, Papua New Guinea’s governor general Michael Ogio reversed course and threw his weight behind the government of Peter O’Neill.
    (SFC, 12/21/11, p.A7)

2011        Papua New Guinea’s PM Michael Somare was suspended from office for failing to submit required financial statements.
    (Econ, 6/18/16, p.40)
2011        The population of Papua New Guinea was about 6.7 million.
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.34)

2012        Jan 24, In Papua New Guinea as many as 60 people were feared dead after a massive landslide wiped out an entire village in the rugged Southern Highlands.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 26, Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill refused to step down despite a mutiny by soldiers who seized the military headquarters and demanded that he cede power to his ousted predecessor, former PM Michael Somare.
    (AP, 1/26/12)

2012        Jan 28, In Papua New Guinea Yaura Sasa, a retired colonel who attempted to take over the military and ordered the prime minister to step down, was arrested and charged with mutiny.
    (AP, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan 30, An Indonesian court indicted five activists for treason in the restive Papua region after they raised an outlawed Papuan flag on Oct 19 and declared its independence.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)

2012        Feb 2, A Papua New Guinea ferry sank with 351 passengers and 12 crew on board. Rescuers plucked 246 survivors from the sea off PNG’s east coast. Some 117 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)

2012        Apr 5, Papua New Guinea's parliament voted to postpone national polls for six months, sparking public outrage.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 10, In Papua New Guinea thousands rallied in Port Moresby to protest at any delays to elections, seen as crucial as the country rests on the cusp of a resources boom.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 17, A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea, but there was no tsunami warning issued.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)

2012        May 21, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court called for veteran leader Sir Michael Somare (76) to be reinstated over PM Peter O'Neill. 2 of the 5 justices abstained from taking part in the ruling.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)

2012        May 24, Papua New Guinea Deputy PM Belden Namah led officers into the Supreme Court to arrest of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, one of three judges who affirmed an earlier ruling that Somare is the nation's legitimate prime minister.
    (AP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 25, Rogue police officers in Papua New Guinea blockaded Parliament for several hours, a day after PM Peter O'Neill's government leveled sedition charges against the country's chief justice.
    (AP, 5/25/12)

2012        Jun 23, Voting began in Papua New Guinea, a struggling Pacific nation which is on the brink of a huge resources boom. 3,428 candidates vied for 109 of 111 parliamentary seats, with no single political party likely to win enough seats to form government on its own.
    (AFP, 6/23/12)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)

2012        Jul 13, Papua New Guinea police said they have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a cannibal cult in the jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors. The cult members allegedly ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.
    (AP, 7/13/12)

2012        Aug 3, Papua New Guinea re-elected Peter O'Neill as the next leader, ending a turbulent period in the nation's politics which at one point saw it with two rival prime ministers. Sir Michael Somare (76) accepted the defeat of his party in the vote and agreed to support O'Neill in his bid to form the next government.
    (AFP, 8/3/12)

2012        Aug 13, Australia's PM Gillard announced a sharp reversal in her government's policy on asylum seekers, saying it will introduce legislation allowing their deportation to the poor Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru to face lengthy stays in detention camps.
    (AFP, 8/13/12)

2013        Feb 6, In Papua New Guinea a mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman (20) accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in Mount Hagen. Kepari Leniata had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in a hospital a day earlier. On Feb 17 Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with murder over the slaying.
    (AP, 2/8/13)(AP, 2/18/13)

2013        Apr 17, A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Papua New Guinea's northern coast, sending residents fleeing for higher ground and items tumbling from shelves. There were no immediate reports of serious damage.
    (AP, 4/17/13)

2013        May, The government of Papua New Guinea repealed the country's 42-year-old Sorcery Act. The law had allowed for a belief in black magic to be used as a partial legal defense for killing someone suspected of inflicting harm through sorcery. It was repealed in response to recent violence.
    (AP, 6/10/13)(Econ 7/15/17, p.35)

2013        Jul 19, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd, with PNG PM Peter O’Neill at his side, warned that all refugees who arrive in the country by boat will be resettled on the island nation of Papua New Guinea, a policy shift that rights groups immediately condemned.
    (AP, 7/19/13)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.34)

2013        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Steven Tari and a follower were killed  as they attacked a young woman in Madang. Tari, an infamous cult leader known as "Black Jesus" and suspected of cannibalism, had been on the run since escaping from a Madang prison during a mass break-out with 48 others in March.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Sep 10, In Papua New Guinea a group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers, including one woman, were savagely attacked and injured by bandits with two of their guides hacked to death.
    (AFP, 9/11/13)

2013        Oct 16, An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 10/16/13)

2013        Nov 7, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
    (Reuters, 11/8/13)

2014        Feb 18, In Papua New Guinea police opened fire after hundreds of men broke out of an Australia-run detention camp for asylum seekers. One inmate was killed.
    (SFC, 2/19/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 19, An earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 was recorded off Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 4/19/14)

2014        Jun 10, The European Commission delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the EU.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)

2014        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Mount Tavurvur erupted early today in Rabaul district on New Britain Island. The eruption forced several communities to evacuate and some international flights were diverted.
    (AP, 8/29/14)

2015        May 27, In Papua New Guinea Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz said about 10 men from a village across the river from Fiyawena, armed with homemade guns, axes and machetes, attacked two women last week and killed a woman named Mifila in front of her family. She was one of four women accused with 13 of their family members of using sorcery to cause measles deaths last November in Fiyawena, Enga province.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)

2015        Jul, Papua New Guinea’s PM Peter O’Neill announced a ban on foreign, mostly Australian, consultants. A ban on vegetable imports from Australia soon followed.
    (Econ, 9/12/15, p.39)

2015        Dec 23, It was reported that the European Commission has more than doubled its assistance to Papua New Guinea as El Niño-related drought and frost have triggered severe food and water shortages.
    (Reuters, 12/23/15)

2016        Apr 16, In Papua New Guinea Matthew Damaru, the head of the police anti-corruption unit, was sacked after arresting several high-profile figures close to the government. Officers from his unit last week arrested the attorney general and a Supreme Court judge on charges of corruption. A lawyer working for PM Peter O'Neill was also arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice.
    (Reuters, 4/16/16)

2016        Apr 26, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that Australia's detention of asylum seekers at a facility on the Pacific nation's Manus Island is unconstitutional. A day later PM Peter O’Neill announced the detention center would be closed.
    (AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A4)

2016        May 6, A Papua New Guinea court ruled that a pregnant African woman, who says she was raped at an Australia detention center for asylum seekers on the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru, cannot be forced to have an abortion in Papua New Guinea because it is unsafe and illegal.
    (Reuters, 5/7/16)

2016        Jun 8, Papua New Guinea police opened fire on students protesting against the prime minister, injuring almost 40 in Port Moresby. Students have been locked in a month-long standoff with authorities and have been boycotting classes as they demand PM Peter O'Neill step aside over corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 6/8/16)

2016        Jun 9, A court in Papua New Guinea granted an injunction preventing students from protesting on campus with the country on high alert after violent clashes in the capital Port Moresby.
    (AFP, 6/9/16)

2016        Jun 25, In Papua New Guinea a student was killed and several buildings torched in violence at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology campus in Lae.
    (AFP, 6/26/16)

2016        Aug 2, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ordered Australia to present a resettlement plan for nearly 900 asylum seekers held in what it says is an illegal detention center on Manus island. Detainees feared the move will further delay their release.
    (Reuters, 8/2/16)

2016        Aug, Australia said it would close an asylum seekers’ camp in Papua New Guinea, but did not say when or where the refugees would go.
    (Econ, 9/3/16, p.34)

2016        Dec 17, A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea, but no immediate casualties were reported.
    (AFP, 12/17/16)

2016        The population of Papua New Guinea numbered about 7.7 million.
    (Econ, 6/18/16, p.40)

2017        Mar 22, The France-based World Water Council said nearly a third of people from sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. It said clean drinking water is available to less than 50% of the people in Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea.
    (SFC, 3/23/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 14, In Papua New Guinea drunk soldiers "went on a rampage" and fired shots in the air at the Australian asylum-seeker Manus Island facility. The incident was sparked by an altercation at a football game played by asylum-seekers at a navy base outside the compound during which a soldier was allegedly assaulted by an asylum-seeker.
    (AP, 4/16/17)

2017        Jun 24, In Papua New Guinea a two-week long election to decide who will lead the resource-rich South Pacific nation began, pitting 3,332 candidates from 44 political parties against each other for a place in the 111-seat parliament. Reports of problems at voting booths and allegations of ballot fraud soon soured the mood among some in a country which has a history of electoral violence and corruption.
    (AP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 16, The prime minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Peter O'Neill, reportedly won a fourth term in Parliament. Final results on August 2 confirmed O’Neill as winner. Despite its mineral wealth, which includes Exxon Mobil's $20 billion LNG plant, most of the nearly 8 million population lived at subsistence level.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)(Econ 8/5/17, p.29)

2017        Aug 1, Global Witness said American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea, which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)

2017        Sep 24, Refugees left one of Australia's offshore detention centers for the United States, as part of a swap brokered by former US president Barack Obama last year. About 25 men left the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)

2017        Oct 31, In Papua New Guinea hundreds of asylum-seekers refused to leave an Australian detention camp that authorities closed, citing fears for their safety, despite food, water and electricity being cut off on Manus Island.
    (AFP, 10/31/17)

2017        Nov 3, The UN human rights office called on Australia to restore food, water and health services to about 600 interned refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, which Canberra cut off three days ago.
    (AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 23, Papua New Guinea police raided a shuttered Australian detention camp, removing dozens of refugees in an effort to end a stand-off that has drawn global attention to Canberra's tough asylum-seeker policies.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)

2017        Nov 24, In Papua New Guinea the last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or running water rather than move to other residences where they feared violence.
    (AP, 11/24/17)

2017        Dec 15, A Papua New Guinea court gave hundreds of asylum-seekers, who were held for years in a controversial Australian detention center, the right to sue the PNG government for compensation.
    (AP, 12/16/17)

2018        Jan 5, In Papua New Guinea the Kadovar Island volcano, thought to be dormant, began spewing ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of more than 500 residents.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 21, In Papua New Guinea a volcano on Kadovar Island erupted again, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Flights nearby have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island.
    (AP, 1/21/18)

2018        Feb 26, In Papua New Guinea a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the remote highlands region cut roads and damaged buildings. At least 55 people were killed and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. ExxonMobil Corp shut its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the wake of the quake.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)(Reuters, 2/27/18)(AP, 2/28/18)(SSFC, 3/4/18, p.C16)(AP, 3/7/18)

2018        Mar 6, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook a remote Papua New Guinea region that was badly damaged by a powerful quake last week. The quake was followed by two others measuring magnitude 5.0 and 5.1.
    (AP, 3/6/18)

2018        Jun 15, Papua New Guinea declared a state of emergency, suspended a provincial government and sent armed forces to its rugged highlands to restore order after rioters went on a rampage of looting and burning. PM Peter O'Neill declared a nine-month state of emergency in the province, and suspended its government for the duration.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)

2018        Aug 24, In Papua New Guinea a volcano erupted early today, forcing 2,000 villagers to flee from lava flows on Manam Island.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)

2018        Sep 28, A US diplomat said the United States, Japan and Australia are cooperating on a domestic internet cable proposal for Papua New Guinea as an alternative to an offer by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the United States regards as a cybersecurity threat.
    (AP, 9/28/18)

2018        Oct 27, In Australia protesters rallied in Sydney and Melbourne calling for an end to the country's controversial South Pacific detention centers which house refugees who try to reach Australia by boat. Particular focus was directed toward the wellbeing of children on the tiny island nation of Nauru. More than 1,400 people are being held on the Australian-run detention centers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, some for years.
    (Reuters, 10/27/18)

2018        Nov 1, Australia announced it will invest in redeveloping a Papua New Guinea naval base as concerns mount over increasing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.
    (AP, 11/1/18)
2018        Nov 1, Australia said it aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after languishing on the tiny Pacific atoll nation for up to five years.
    (AP, 11/1/18)

2018        Nov 14, In Papua New Guinea the APEC grouping of nations that includes the US and China held its lavish annual leaders' meeting in the country that can least afford it.
    (AP, 11/14/18)

2018        Nov 16, World leaders began landing in Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
    (AP, 11/16/18)

2018        Nov 17, Papua New Guinea hosted leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Russia and China, this weekend in a coming-out party for the jungle-clad nation that is regarded as one of the world's last frontiers for trade and investment. Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at the summit, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.
    (AP, 11/17/18)
2018        Nov 17, Speaking in Papua New Guinea US Vice President Mike Pence said the United States will join Pacific ally Australia to build a naval base on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.
    (Reuters, 11/17/18)

2018        Nov 18, In Papua New Guinea an acrimonious meeting of world leaders failed to agree on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the US.
    (AP, 11/18/18)
2018        Nov 18, At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the US and Papua New Guinea signed an electrification agreement to bring electricity to 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's people by 2030.
    (AP, 11/18/18)

2018        Nov 20, In Papua New Guinea disgruntled police, military and prison guards stormed the Parliament in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific island nation over the weekend.
    (AP, 11/20/18)

2019        Mar 1, In Switzerland former FIFA senior vice president David Chung was banned from soccer for 6½ years for financial wrongdoing linked to a $20 million building project. The Papua New Guinea official resigned as Oceania president after a FIFA-appointed audit found irregularities linked to awarding of contracts for its headquarters in Auckland.
    (AP, 3/1/19)

2019        May 14, In Papua New Guinea a magnitude 7.5 quake struck late today at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km.
    (AP, 5/15/19)

2019        May 26, Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill announced his resignation after seven years on the job. He handed over his leadership to a former prime minister and current member of parliament, Sir Julius Chan.
    (AP, 5/26/19)

2019        May 29, Papua New Guinea (PNG) PM Peter O'Neill quit after losing the confidence of parliament during weeks of political turmoil in the South Pacific nation, but government supporters in parliament hoped to be able to retain power.
    (Reuters, 5/29/19)

2019        May 30, Former Papua New Guinea Finance Minister James Marape was sworn in as the country's new prime minister, following the resignation of Peter O'Neill last weekend.
    (AP, 5/30/19)

2019        Jun 7, Papua New Guinea PM James Marape installed a reformer as petroleum minister, handing him a mandate to overhaul the sector.
    (AP, 6/7/19)

2019        Jun 25, Papua New Guinea's PM James Marape demanded that Australia end or completely rework a controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps.
    (AFP, 6/25/19)
2019        Jun 25, An Indonesian military spokesman said that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that implicates both the rebels and state institutions.
    (AP, 6/25/19)

2019        Jun 26, Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano, designated one of the world's most hazardous, erupted sending residents fleeing. Villagers living at the base of the volcano had already been evacuated.
    (AFP, 6/26/19)

2019        Jun 30, It was reported that two recent volcanic eruptions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have forced 15,000 villagers in the country's northeast to flee their homes.
    (Reuters, 6/30/19)

2019        Jul 7, In Papua New Guinea 16 women and children were killed by assailants armed with rifles in the village of Karida in Hela province. Two of the victims were pregnant. Police and soldiers were soon sent to the area to provide security amidst the tribal violence.
    (SFC, 7/11/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 4, Australia's conservative government repealed a contentious law that allowed ill asylum-seekers languishing in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru to travel to the country for medical treatment. More than 460 people remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 11, In Papua New Guinea results from two weeks of voting on a referendum on the island of Bougainville, population about 200,000, showed 98% of the voters favored independence. The referendum was nonbinding and independence would need to be negotiated.
    (SFC, 12/12/19, p.A4)

2020        Jul 26, A light aircraft carrying 500kg of cocaine, worth an estimated £45 million crashed in Papua, New Guinea. The pilot, an Australian, soon surrendered to his country’s consulate in Papua. Five other men, allegedly linked to a Melbourne-based crime syndicate, were also later arrested.
    (The Telegraph, 8/2/20)

2020        Jul 28, Australia said it was sending a medical team to help Papua New Guinea fight an outbreak of coronavirus after the neighboring country experienced a rise in infections. There were 62 confirmed virus cases as of late today, up from just eight infections 11 days ago.
    (Reuters, 7/28/20)

2021        Mar 17, Australia said it will send COVID-19 vaccines from its own supply to Papua New Guinea and will ask AstraZeneca to send 8,000 doses to contain a concerning wave of infections.
    (SFC, 3/18/21, p.A5)

2021        Mar 20, Papua New Guinea reported rising coronavirus infections, continuing a surge that highlights the need for tougher social distancing restrictions taking effect on March 22. Confirmed cases reached 3,085 with 36 deaths. Health experts believed the true numbers are much higher.
    (Reuters, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 30, Papua New Guinea PM James Marape received the first COVID-19 shot in the Pacific Island country under a small vaccination program aimed at curbing soaring infections. Australia sent Papua New Guinea 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine last week after warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/30/21)

2021        Apr 24, Papua New Guinea (PNG) officials reported three new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the country's total deaths to 102. The official number of coronavirus infections in the nation of 8.8 million people rose to 10,602, with 52 new cases.
    (Reuters, 4/24/21)

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