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A remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Funafuti.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A11)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C6)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)

1978        Oct 1, The Pacific island of Tuvalu gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/print/tv.html)

1997        Cyclone Keli hit and devastated most of the buildings. The fate of 55 islanders was unknown.
    (SFC, 6/21/97, p.A11)

1998        Tuvalu leased the .tv suffix of its internet address to a Toronto firm, Information CA, and prime Minister Bikenibeu expected royalties of at least $60 million a year.
    (SFC, 8/19/98, p.A12)

2000        Mar 9, In Tuvalu a fire swept through a locked dormitory and killed 18 teenage girls and their supervisor.
    (SFC, 3/10/00, p.D6)

2000        Sep 8, Tuvalu was reported to have become the 189th member of the United Nations. The country consisted of 10 square miles on 9 atolls with a population of 9,000.
    (SFC, 9/8/00, p.A12)

2001        Oct, Tuvalu secured an agreement with New Zealand to accept an annual quote of refugees due to rising sea levels from global warming.
    (SFC, 10/13/01, p.C10)

2003        Nov 9, I was reported that Tuvalu officials were searching nearby islands for relocation due to rising sea water. They planned to use some $45 million acquired by selling the .tv internet suffix.
    (SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C6)

2003        The population of Tuvalu was about 11,000.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A11)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C6)

2011        Tuvalu experienced severe drought as La Nina settled over the region depriving the area of substantial rainfall for 6 months. Tuvalu and Tokelau declared a state of emergency.
    (SFC, 10/15/11, p.A4)

2011        The population of Tuvalu was about 10,000.
    (SFC, 10/15/11, p.A4)

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