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Papua is the largest and easternmost province of Indonesia, comprising most of Western New Guinea. It is bordered by the state of Papua New Guinea to the east, the province of West Papua to the west, the Pacific Ocean to the north, and the Arafura Sea to the south. According to the 2010 census by Statistics Indonesia, Papua had a population of 2,833,381, the majority of whom are Christians. The 2015 Intermediate Census revealed a population of 3,143,088, while the latest official estimate is 3,347,100. The province is divided into twenty-eight regencies and one city. Its capital and largest city is Jayapura.
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Gunmen kill New Zealand man at Freeport mine office in Indonesia's PapuaAttackers shot dead a New Zealand man and wounded six other people at an office of the Indonesian arm of mining company Freeport-McMoRan Inc on Monday, police said.
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Six charged with treason in Indonesia after Papua protestAn Indonesian prosecutor charged five men and a woman with treason on Thursday, accusing them of organizing a protest in Jakarta demanding independence for the easternmost province of Papua.
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Indonesian human rights lawyer Koman refuses to be cowed on PapuaVeronica Koman, a human rights lawyer sought by Indonesian police over Twitter posts authorities blame for fanning unrest in the Papua region, has a tattoo on each wrist.
Indonesia ramps up Pacific diplomacy with aid fundIndonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta's approach to the restive Papua region.
Police in Indonesia's Papua to investigate alleged killingsPolice in Indonesia's restive Papua region pledged on Friday to hold an investigation after a local leader said the bodies of five villagers had been found with bullet wounds in an area where there has..
Indonesia says over 11,500 have fled violence-hit Papuan townIndonesian authorities said on Thursday more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from the town of Wamena in the easternmost province of Papua since dozens died during clashes last month in the area.
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Migrants account for most deaths in violence in Indonesia's Papua: policeMost of the 30 people killed in an outbreak of ethnic violence in the Indonesian region of Papua on Monday were migrants from other parts of the country, police said on Tuesday.
Indonesia says 20 killed, scores hurt in fresh unrest in PapuaIndonesian security forces said on Monday that 19 civilians and a soldier had been killed during rioting in two towns in Papua, in an escalation of violence in a region that in recent weeks has seen..
Indonesian military says 16 die during unrest in Papuan townA spokesman for military operations in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua said on Monday that 16 civilians had died and 65 were wounded during unrest in the town of Wamena, where protesters had set..
At least one killed in unrest in Indonesia's PapuaAn Indonesian soldier was killed on Monday in a clash with students in Papua, a military spokesman said, while media reports said three students also died in the incident that marks a new escalation in..
Buildings set ablaze amid fresh unrest in Indonesia's Papua: mediaIndonesian security forces were battling on Monday to restore order in a town in the easternmost province of Papua, a police spokesman said, following media reports of buildings set ablaze and gunfire..
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Indonesia chief security minister to fly to Papua as fresh protests eruptIndonesia's chief security minister said he will fly to Papua late on Wednesday after violent protests, including stone-throwing and the torching of some buildings, spread to more towns in the..
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