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Bougainville’s tinderbox threatens to reignite

Foreign mining companies are jostling for exploration rights on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville ahead of a crucial independence vote next year that some fear could revive tensions that sparked a civil war that killed 20,000 in the 1980’s. The island will need mining royalties to maintain a viable economy if the referendum […]

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