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A Pacific island republic of about 8 square miles near the equator and west of the Gilbert Islands. The population in 2003 was about 12,000.
    (WUD, 1994, p.953)(WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A4)

1968        Nauru gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)

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)

1998        Nov 15, Nauru registered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There remained 3 years worth of phosphate to be mined on the island which grappled with 3 major crises: rising water from world-wide global warming, a 3rd year of draught, and a $100 million investment fund that was put into the Asian real-estate market.
    (WSJ, 11/16/98, p.B7C)

1998        Transpacific Development signed an exclusive "confidential agreement" with Nauru to establish an investment program for foreign investors to become investors in the economy and citizens of the Republic of Nauru.
    (WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A4)

2001        Aug 31, Ministers of New Zealand and Nauru announced that they would take the Afghanistan asylum seekers stranded in Australian waters.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A6)

2002        US Sec. of State Colin Powell sent a letter to Nauru condemning the sale of passports.
    (WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A4)

2003          Mar 9, Nauru's Pres. Bernard Dowiyogo (57), known as a pragmatic leader of the environmentally devastated South Pacific island, died in Washington DC. He signed an executive order as he lay dying, at the behest of US officials, ending the Nauru offshore banking system and its economic-citizenship program.
    (AP, 3/10/03)(WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A4)

2008        Jan 8, Nauru’s foreign minister said Australia's plans to close a much-criticized detention center for asylum seekers on Nauru will devastate its economy.
    (AFP, 1/8/08)

2008        Feb 8, Australia's widely criticized "Pacific Solution" policy of holding asylum seekers on remote islands ended when the last detainees flew out of Nauru to live in Australia.
    (AFP, 2/8/08)

2009        Dec 15, The tiny Pacific island of Nauru recognized the rebel Black Sea region of Abkhazia, throwing its weight behind a Russian drive to win international recognition for Georgia's breakaway territories.
    (Reuters, 12/15/09)

2012        Aug 13, Australia's PM Gillard announced a sharp reversal in her government's policy on asylum seekers, saying it will introduce legislation allowing their deportation to the poor Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru to face lengthy stays in detention camps.
    (AFP, 8/13/12)

2013        Aug 3, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd and the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, signed a memorandum of understanding providing for asylum seekers arriving by boat to be sent to Nauru where they can opt for resettlement after their claims for refugee status are processed.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)

2014        Jan 8, Nauru, the tiny Pacific island that hosts a controversial Australian immigration detention centre, was reported to be hiking visa costs for foreign journalists by 40 times, fuelling concerns over secrecy surrounding Australia's asylum seeker policy.
    (Reuters, 1/8/14)

2014        Jan 19, The Nauru government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate, and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from re-entering the country.
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.34)

2014        The population of Nauru was about 9,400 spread over 21 sq. km.
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.34)
2014        Aug 2, Australia officials said some 157 asylum-seekers, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka and detained at sea for weeks, have been sent to the island of Nauru after rejecting a return to India.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)

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