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2008-10-14 03:00:19

By Tim Thornton | tim.thornton@roanoke.com | 381-1669 It was five days after U.S. Marines fighting in World War II landed on Guadalcanal. Early on, the invasion had gone well. The Japanese offered little resistance, and the Marines quickly captured a nearly completed airfield that would become crucial to the Allied war in the Pacific. Lt. Col. Frank Goettge and 25 men were riding a landing craft across what's now called Iron Bottom Sound to a section of the island still held by the...

2008-07-07 09:00:32

By Matthew Bowers, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 7--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Sgt. Frank Few, swimming away from the ambush, looked back in horror. He saw Japanese swords flashing in the dawn sun over the bodies of his Marine buddies lying on a Guadalcanal beach. The attack on Aug. 12, 1942, was the end of the ill-fated Goettge Patrol and the beginning of a largely forgotten mystery of World War II. Three men, including Few, escaped, but rescue parties in the next days found little...

2006-04-27 02:39:27

By Walter Nalangu HONIARA (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands head of state lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the capital Honiara on Thursday but foreign troops and police remained on the streets to prevent fresh riots sparked by the election of a premier. Protests last week against the election of Snyder Rini as prime minister spiraled into two days of looting, targeting the tiny Chinese business population in Honiara, before the arrival of Australian and New Zealand troops to restore...

2006-04-24 03:54:39

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands parliament was sworn in on Monday under heavy security, as foreign peacekeepers arrested another opposition politician after violent protests against the election of Prime Minister Snyder Rini. Hundreds of foreign peacekeepers and police cordoned off the building for the swearing-in ceremony as a helicopter hovered overhead, amid fears of further violent protests against Rini. Opposition MP Patteson Oti said the lockdown...

2006-04-22 01:41:16

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - Australia, helping to keep the peace in the Solomon Islands after two days of violent protests in the capital, said on Saturday the need for economic reform was a matter of life or death for the South Pacific country. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, during a brief visit to the still smouldering Honiara, also said corruption must be wiped out, but that there was a limit to what peacekeepers could do. "Continuing with economic...

2006-04-21 03:21:37

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Snyder Rini vowed on Friday to survive current political unrest and, as foreign troops patrolled a smoldering capital, called on investors to help rebuild his troubled South Pacific nation. Calm returned to the streets of Honiara after two days of violence sparked by Rini's election, but peacekeepers prepared for fresh outbreaks of rioting after Rini made his first public appearance since being secretly sworn in...

2006-04-21 01:35:41

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - Stifling humid heat chokes the air in the small Honiara police club where more than 500 Chinese have taken refuge after rioters in the Solomon Islands forced them to flee their burning homes and businesses. "It's very horrible," said 27-year-old Winnie Mae, whose shop was burned down. "All my family came here so we would be safe. More than half of the people here want to go back to China, they are scared this will keep happening." Australia,...

2006-04-20 04:11:03

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands secretly swore in new Prime Minister Snyder Rini on Thursday as Australian troops and police patrolled the country's blackened capital after two days of rioting sparked by his election. Australia said it was committed to restoring law and order in the troubled South Pacific island chain to prevent it becoming a failed state and possible haven for terrorism. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said about 70...

2006-04-20 01:48:24

By Michelle Nichols HONIARA (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands secretly swore in new Prime Minister Snyder Rini on Thursday as Australian troops patrolled burnt-out buildings after two days of rioting sparked by his election. Australia said it was committed to restoring law and order in the troubled South Pacific island chain to prevent it becoming a failed state and possible haven for terrorism. After an overnight curfew forced rioters off the streets of the capital Honiara, those who...