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August 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life today amid the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea, the airline said. Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Authority head Joseph Kintau said the plane was located in "extremely difficult" terrain in a heavily forested mountainous region a day after it disappeared, and it was unclear whether there were survivors. A radio signal had been received and search and rescue officials were attempting to reach the site, Kintau said.
July 4, 1988
Prime Minister Paias Wingti lost a no-confidence motion in Parliament and was replaced by opposition leader Rabbie Namaliu in Papau New Guinea. The lawmakers voted 58 to 50 to oust Wingti, who came to power three years ago. Namaliu, 39, becomes Papua New Guinea's fourth prime minister since it gained independence from Australia in 1975. He took over leadership of the opposition from elder statesman Michael T. Somare, a former prime minister, last Monday.
May 10, 1985 | Associated Press
A major earthquake was recorded today in the New Britain area of New Guinea, U.S. officials said today. The earthquake was recorded at a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale and was centered about 400 miles northeast of Port Moresby, according to U.S. Geological Survey earthquake monitors in Golden, Colo. A spokesman said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
November 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
A court in Equatorial Guinea convicted 24 men and sentenced them to prison for an alleged coup plot but waived the death penalty for two top figures. The court's rejection of death penalties requested by prosecutors potentially strengthens Equatorial Guinea's bid to extradite an alleged financier of the plot: Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
June 12, 1998 | Reuters
Guinea-Bissau's state radio said Thursday that the government of President Joao Bernardo Vieira had accepted an offer of mediation by religious and political leaders aimed at avoiding all-out confrontation with rebels in the West African state.
October 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Hundreds of students demonstrated outside Papua New Guinea government offices Thursday to protest plans for one of the country's biggest copper and gold mines to dump waste into a major river. They said the government had signed a death warrant for people living on the river by approving the dumping by the OK Tedi mine. About 20,000 people live in the area.
July 26, 1998 | Associated Press
Saying the chaos after three giant waves hit Papua New Guinea prevented an accurate count, the government Saturday lowered its estimate of the number of missing people from 6,000 to 2,000. A precise tally was impossible until survivors could be interviewed, said Chris Hawkins, press secretary to Prime Minister William Skate. Many residents had fled inland after the tsunami, triggered by an earthquake off the coast, crashed against an 18-mile stretch of the island's northwestern coast July 17.
January 4, 1987 | Associated Press
The death toll in the crash of a Spanish air force transport plane off Equatorial Guinea rose to 22 with the recovery of the bodies of all those aboard, Spain's ambassador to the West African country said Saturday. The Foreign Ministry initially said 18 people were on the propeller-driven Aviocar plane when it went down in the Atlantic on Friday just after takeoff from Bata airport.
April 7, 2006 | John Abramson, JOHN ABRAMSON, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, is the author of "Overdosed America."
MINUTES after the first of six human volunteers was injected with an experimental, genetically engineered drug in London last month, the men one by one began screaming in pain, tearing their clothes off, convulsing and losing consciousness, according to media reports. In an interview with Britain's Daily Mirror, Nino Abdelhady, 28, who said he was offered $3,500 to participate in the study, recalled feeling the drug "ripping through" his body "like wildfire."
July 14, 1996 | JOHN MUNCIE
ISLANDS IN THE CLOUDS: Travels in the Highlands of New Guinea by Isabella Tree (Lonely Planet, $10.95, paperback). After arriving at a frontier gold mining town, Isabella Tree's traveling companion--a native of New Guinea--looks at the scarred forest around them and says to her: "That's the difference with white people. They have no fear of nature. Look what they're doing. They're taking out the inside of a mountain and slicing its top off." New Guinea is the world's second largest island.
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