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Solomons Rebels Demand Money

About 200 rebels surrounded the prime minister’s office in the Solomon Islands on Friday, demanding money so they could return to their home island. They were dispersed by armed police officers. The stand-off came a day after the tiny South Pacific nation approved a 2,000-strong Australian-led intervention force to restore order after four years of civil war. The rebels were from the Malaita Eagle Force, which had fought bloody battles with a militia from the main Guadalcanal island since 1998, which led to a coup in 2000. The former fighters were demanding “repatriation” cash so they could return to their homes on neighbouring Malaita island before the intervention force arrives – possibly by the end of the month. But the country is bankrupt. Public servants have not been paid for months. Full Story

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