Solomon Islands

Country in the southwestern Pacific

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Solomon Islands: Country in the southwestern Pacific
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania, to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu. It has a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi), and a population of 652,858. Its capital, Honiara, is located on the largest island, Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands, but excludes outlying islands, such as the Santa Cruz Islands and Rennell and Bellona.

Solomon Islands Tension [Video]

Solomon Islands Tension

Three bodies were found in a burnt out building in Honiara amid this week's violence in the capital of the Solomon Islands,

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Calm returns to Solomon Islands after deadly protests and riots [Video]

Calm returns to Solomon Islands after deadly protests and riots

Police found three bodies and arrested more than 100 people in three days of unrest, sparked by concerns about the nation's increasing links with China.

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Australia deploys peacekeepers as riots rock Solomon Islands [Video]

Australia deploys peacekeepers as riots rock Solomon Islands

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China cites 'early harvest' benefits in Guadalcanal deal

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Australia will help the Solomon Islands build a border and patrol boat outpost, the prime ministers of the two countries said on Monday, as they hailed their security cooperation and friendship.
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Taiwan accused China on Monday of trying to influence its presidential and legislative elections after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei.
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday condemned China's "dollar diplomacy" to squeeze the self-ruled island's international space after the Solomon Islands switched allegiance to Beijing.
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