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October 23, 2011 | By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My teenage daughter is standing in a lineup of tribesmen and she is angry with me. As I lift my camera, she says, "I look hideous," unaware of the irony of being surrounded by tribesmen wearing next to nothing. " Yu, pikinini blong Amerika (You, child belonging to America)," the chief says, introducing Indigo to his grandson, who looks to be a much happier teenager. " Yu gat hamas yia? Yu slip wea? (You've got how many years? Where are you staying?)" We are in the Yakel Village on the South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu.
May 3, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Though the indigenous people of the Solomon Islands all have dark skin, about 5% to 10% also have naturally blond hair - and a new study finds that the genetic quirk responsible for this is different from the one that produces blond hair in people of European ancestry. Researchers from Stanford University and colleagues collected spit samples from 43 Solomon Islanders with blond hair and 42 with the darkest hair. They scanned the DNA in all of the samples and looked for telltale differences that were linked with hair color.
October 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Australia and New Zealand will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon Islands as a peacekeeping mission restores law and order. Australia sent 1,400 personnel in July as leader of a 2,225-strong force of soldiers and police from six nations. Direct intervention was seen as the only way to end years of fighting by ethnic militias. Australia said 800 of its personnel would return home by early December.
January 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 1,000 people living on the remote Pacific island of Tikopia survived 225-mph Cyclone Zoe, a visiting cameraman said. But there was still no word on the fate of hundreds of others on neighboring Anuta and Mota Lava islands, which also may have been hit by high winds. The islands are part of the Solomon Islands chain. "Whole villages have been inundated by the sea," New Zealand freelance cameraman Geoff Mackley said. Food and water supplies were heavily damaged Sunday.
April 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The first boatloads of international aid reached survivors of a devastating tsunami in the Solomon Islands, but officials warned of a dire food shortage if supplies don't quickly get to hundreds of people camped on hillsides. At least 28 people died in Monday's tsunami and quake, measured at a magnitude of 8.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Disaster officials said the toll was expected to rise as rescue crews reached flattened villages.
December 31, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A savage cyclone that hit two remote Pacific islands wiped out communications and left the fate of 1,300 residents unknown. Cyclone Zoe swept over Tikopia and Anuta on Sunday, with winds possibly gusting up to 223 mph, Australian meteorologists said. The islets, accessible only by boat, are in the Solomon Islands' remote Temotu province. A boat set out today to check the damage.
April 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of residents camped out overnight on a hill above a devastated town in the western Solomon Islands after a tsunami washed away coastal villages, killing at least 13 people. The death toll was expected to rise. A wall of water reportedly 30 feet high struck the island of Choiseul and swept a third of a mile inland, while smaller but still destructive waves surged ashore elsewhere. Australian Broadcasting Corp.
June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of foreigners Thursday boarded an Australian navy ship moored off the Solomon Islands, escaping rival rebels battling in the jungles and capital of the South Pacific nation. A radio report hours later indicated a possible easing of tensions on the islands: Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who had been taken captive Monday, reportedly had been freed from house arrest a second time, and the warring groups were trying to agree on a truce.
June 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Warring rebels in the Solomon Islands said they would stop shooting long enough to let foreign diplomats visit, but that was all they agreed on before peace talks collapsed Friday, New Zealand officials said.
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