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Reclusive Bougainville secessionist leader Francis Ona dies

The man who launched a bloody 10-year war for independence in Papua New Guinea’s island province of Bougainville, Francis Ona, has died, government officials said. The reclusive Ona died on Sunday at the age of 52 in his home village of Guava after being sick with an unspecified illness for about two weeks, Bougainville President Joseph Kabui said. The one-time rebel leader had recently proclaimed himself king of Bougainville, but was unable to derail a UN-sponsored peace process that led to the election of an autonomous government for the province earlier this year. Full Story

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