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Solomons Villages Torched

Hundreds of people have fled their homes after militants torched their villages on the Solomon Islands. Supporters of the self-styled warlord Harold Keke forced up to 1,200 people to stand as human shields to prevent police landing on nearby beaches, police say. “They kept villagers at gunpoint on the beaches,” police Assistant Commissioner Wilfred Akao told the Associated Press news agency on Friday. The Solomon Islands have suffered serious civil unrest in recent years, due to ethnic rivalry between indigenous residents on the main island of Guadalcanal and new settlers from Malaita. Australia and New Zealand are considering sending a small military force to support an international police unit. This is in response to a request by the Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister Sir Alan Kemakeza. Full Story

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