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Palau petition launched to ban absentee ballots  Radio New Zealand

A former president of Palau wants to limit voting in national and state elections to citizens in the country.

Radio New Zealand
CAT Palau holds Change of Charge Ceremony  DVIDS

KOROR, Republic of Palau - Dignitaries, high chiefs, the Bilung-Gloria Salii of Koror, and dozens of Palauan well-wishers filled the confines of the ...

Japanese to fish in Palau amid ban  Radio New Zealand

Palau will allow Japanese fishermen to continue catching skipjack tuna in the Pacific nation's waters, despite a fishing ban from December 2020.

Radio New Zealand
The Government of Palau Launches an RFP for Its Dispatchable Solar PV Project  Business Wire

Regulatory News: Electro Power Systems (Paris:EPS): The Government of the Republic of Palau has decided, for internal reasons, to re-open a “Request f.

Business Wire
Dragon egg from Palau  Numismatic News

Liechtenstein's Coin Invest Trust has shown a penchant for producing egg-shaped coins struck in silver for Cook Islands and in gold for Palau. The latest ...

Numismatic News
Barça Lassa 46 - 24 Recoletas Atlético Valladolid: Attacking festival at the Palau  FC Barcelona

Barça Lassa disposed of the challenge of Recoletas Atlético Valladolid by 46-24 at the Palau Blaugrana in the 18th game of the Asobal League season.

FC Barcelona
Swimmers return to bathe with Palau's golden jellyfish  Phys.Org

Swimming with the famous golden jellyfish in Palau can be put back on the bucket list following a two-year ban, but bathers may be stung with a hefty price ...

Palau the Movie to Hit Theaters Across the U.S., Latin America on April 4, 6  NRB Today

The Luis Palau Association, Ollawood Productions, Rivka Entertainment Group, and Trafalgar Releasing announced Monday that tickets are now on sale for the ...

NRB Today
Palau Women's Club awards $1K scholarships to UOG students  The Guam Daily Post

Two University of Guam students received scholarships in January from the Palau Women's Club of Guam, UOG announced Tuesday.

The Guam Daily Post
Palau leads Guam 1-0 in suspended contest  Pacific Daily News

The opening game of the U18 Oceania Baseball Championships was suspended after three innings because of rain, with Palau leading 1-0 and threatening.

Pacific Daily News
Palau, Samoa and Fiji sign on to protect sharks and rays  Radio New Zealand

Palau, Samoa and Fiji have pledged their commitment to protect sharks and rays. The silky shark is one of two heavily depleted pelagic sharks in the Western ...

Radio New Zealand
Palau senators want to reciprocate Japan's generosity  Marianas Variety

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Taking into consideration “the years of support Japan has provided to our government,” Palau's senators are backing the ...

Marianas Variety
Pacific paradise in peril: tourism resort threatens Palau shorebird haven  BirdLife International

Nestled inside the tropical island nation of Palau is Peleliu Lkes, an intertidal zone made up of pristine sand flats and islets that have lain unspoiled for hundreds ...

BirdLife International
Palau drops Kosovo recognition in favour of Serbia  Radio New Zealand

Palau will no longer recognise Kosovo, instead favouring Serbia, which claims sovereignty over the breakaway state.

Radio New Zealand
Dengue 3 Outbreak, Palau, December 2018 – January 2019 - Report Date: January 29, 2019 - Palau  ReliefWeb

Outbreak Overview. On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Palau Ministry of Health alerted the public of an outbreak of dengue fever following the first ever ...

Palau advisory  Marianas Variety

(Press Release) — Palau Consul Eileen Kintol is reminding Palau citizens on Saipan to stop by at her office at the Marianas Business Plaza, third floor, Room ...

Marianas Variety
Palau's Jellyfish Lake reopens  Divernet

Jellyfish Lake, a long-established attraction for divers visiting Palau in Micronesia, has been reopened following a two-year closure to allow its depleted ...

Palau dengue outbreak rises  Outbreak News Today

In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak on the Pacific island of Palau, health officials now report 77 total cases since Dec. 1, 2018. Image/CDC. Seventy-five ...

Outbreak News Today
CAL to increase services to Palau from February | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS  Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan's major carriers, said Wednesday that it will increase one direct flight *service* between Taiwan ...

Focus Taiwan News Channel
Palau, Samoa vie for 2025 Mini Games hosting  Loop PNG

Two countries have turned in their bids for the 2025 Pacific Mini Games. Samoa and Palau met the Jan. 14 deadline for the submission of bids and their ...

Loop PNG
Barça Lassa – Unicaja: Tough night at the Palau (94-83)  FC Barcelona

Barça Lassa had a tough time overcoming Unicaja at the Palau Blaugrana, but did so (94-83) thanks to their defensive intensity and success in attack. The most ...

FC Barcelona
Soler & Palau selects CORTIME for Design Exploration in SolidWorks  POWER magazine

Design Exploration, it's not just for experts anymore! Copenhagen, Denmark. CORTIME, a pioneer in making powerful design exploration available to a broader ...

POWER magazine
Tourists return to bathe with Palau's golden jellyfish  The Phnom Penh Post

SWIMMING with the famous golden jellyfish on the Pacific Island of Palau can be put back on the bucket list following a two-year ban, but bathers may be stung ...

The Phnom Penh Post
Palau receives more bad news. Prayers requested.  Oregon Faith Report

February 6, 2019. By Luis Palau Association,. It's been a few months since we've given you an update on Dad. Thank you for your continued prayers. He just ...

Oregon Faith Report
New Zealand tops Guam, rallies to beat Palau  Pacific Daily News

New Zealand rallies to beat Palau in an extra-inning thriller while Guam falls to 1-1 in U-18 Oceania Baseball Championship action at the Paseo.

Pacific Daily News
Sónar in Retrospect: Co-Founder Enric Palau on the Festival's Past, Present, and Future  Forbes

Palau gives insight into successes and challenges from the past, present, and future of the iconic Spanish events hub.

American Samoa routs Palau 13-2 in U18 Oceania baseball  Pacific Daily News

American Samoa gets huge fifth inning in 13-2 victory over Palau in U18 Oceania Baseball Championship tourney.

Pacific Daily News
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April  Evangelical Focus

“Palau, the movie”, a feature film about the legacy of international evangelist Luis Palau, will premiere on April 4 and 6, 2019 in the United States, Argentina, ...

Evangelical Focus
'Palau against China!': the tiny island standing up to a giant  The Guardian

Archipelago is refusing to switch diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China, despite a huge downturn in its tourism industry.

The Guardian
Colleges: UMass women's lacrosse runs over Bryant 24-4 in opener  GazetteNET

Kiley Anderson scored six goals, while Haley Connaughton added three goals and three assists as the UMass women's lacrosse team whipped Bryant, 24-4, ...

2019 Smoke Exhaust Fans Market Development Analysis by Companies Nicotra Gebhardt, Soler & Palau, Ventmeca, NOVENCO, VENTS Company  reportsherald.com

The QYResearchStore study, titled Worldwide “Smoke Exhaust Fans Market 2019“, presents critical information and factual data about the Smoke Exhaust Fans ...

Palau's Jellyfish Lake reopens as thousands of jellyfish return  CNN

After being closed for two years to allow its diminishing golden jellyfish population to recover, Ongeim'l Tketau Jellyfish Lake -- one of Palau's most famous ...

Palau, In Western Pacific, Is First Nation To Ban 'Reef-Toxic' Sunscreens  NPR

The Pacific archipelago of Palau has become the first nation to ban sunscreens that some researchers believe are killing off coral reefs and damaging marine ...

Beijing intensifies lobbying of Pacific nations to recognise Taiwan as part of One China - China power  ABC News

Beijing has intensified its campaign to isolate Taiwan in the Pacific, pressing for the region's peak diplomatic body to formally embrace a One China policy.

ABC News
Paradise Found in Palau  Cruising World

Palau may be a small Pacific island nation, but it is ripe with opportunities to explore under sail.

Cruising World
Palau tourism and environment: The tiny island nation standing up for itself  Quartz

News headlines are dominated by large countries, but there are over 70 countries with fewer than 1 million citizens. And in an increasingly connected, ...

Palau Campaign Stands Tough on Environment Despite Hit to Tourism  Skift

The hugely celebrated campaign, Palau Pledge, has not brought in more arrivals to Palau, which is also being hit by a China ban. Nobody should expect it to.

Why a Sunny Pacific Island Is Banning Sunscreen  TIME

The Pacific archipelago of Palau has become the first country to ban many types of sunscreen, in an effort to protect coral reefs.

Comprehensive Report on Fume Exhaust Systems Market 2019-2025: Recent Trends and Growth Opportunities | Profiling Players Humiair, Simtech, KEMPER, Strobic Air, Howden, Systemair, Soler and Palau, Johnson Controls, Loren Cook  openPR

Up Market Research offers a latest published report on “Global Fume Exhaust Systems Market Research Report 2019” delivering key insights and providing a ...

Palau’s ancient Jellyfish Lake has re-opened to the public  Evening Standard

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the archipelago of Palau – a country made up of 340 islands – is home to an unusual phenomenon. Palau's Eil Malk ...

Evening Standard
Press Release: Historic Project to Protect Palau's Iconic Species Declared Successful  Island Conservation News

Free from invasive rats, native plants and animals on Ngeanges are on a path to recovery due to a conservation intervention by Island Cosnervation and ...

Island Conservation News
Palau shifts to high-quality "green tourism" with new laws  Radio New Zealand

A proposed tourism education bill in Palau will improve environmental protections and crackdown on non-compliant tour operators. The laws will require ...

Radio New Zealand
Two Legends Of Travel Are Buying Abercrombie & Kent  Forbes

Two of the travel industry's most innovative entrepreneurs are banding together to buy Abercrombie & Kent, a leading purveyor of high-end travel experiences ...

Palau Pledge is here to stay, says President  Radio New Zealand

Despite the threat of tourist numbers falling, Palau is standing firm in its campaign to protect its environment and culture.

Radio New Zealand
China's 'tourist ban' leaves Palau struggling to fill hotels and an airline in limbo  ABC News

A ban on Chinese tourists to the tiny Pacific nation of Palau is leaving hotels empty, an airline in limbo and shown the power China has over its vacationing ...

ABC News
Palau's Famous Jellyfish Lake Has Finally Reopened — and Yes, You Can Swim With Them Again  Travel+Leisure

Palau's popular Jellyfish Lake is reopening to tourists after closing for several years following a decline in the number of golden jellyfish that have made the lake ...

Palau to host 2019 PNA meeting  Radio New Zealand

Palau will host next year's minister's meeting of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA.

Radio New Zealand
Global Industrial Fan Heater Market Insights 2019-2025: Dimplex, Sinus-Jevi Electric Heating, Soler & Palau, Lm-therm, GAUMER, Kerone  NewsReck

The global “Industrial Fan Heater market” research report highlights the need for the up-to-date market data for the business management that will offer ...

Conservation and Ecosystem Recovery on Ngeanges Island, Palau - Island Conservation  Island Conservation News

Island Conservation's Palau Program Manager, Loyola Darius, shares the story of recovery on Ngeanges Island after the removal of invasive rats.

Island Conservation News
Marc Jacobs Redefines Hat Hair for a New Era of Undone Elegance at His Fall 2019 Show  Vogue

Like the ratcheting up of a roller-coaster car, anticipation always runs high for Marc Jacobs, the final show to cap off a winding New York Fashion Week.

Lessons learned from the implementation of a violence against women survey in Palau: "We gotta get this!" - Palau  ReliefWeb

English Evaluation and Lessons Learned on Palau about Gender, Health, Children, Women and more; published on 30 Aug 2018 by UNFPA.

Palau airline cancels China flights  Radio New Zealand

A Palau airline will stop flying to China after that country banned flights to the island.

Radio New Zealand
Palau seeks help to counter China 'tourist ban'  The Straits Times

KOROR, PALAU (AFP) - Palau's President has asked the United States and Japan to help its tourism industry after Beijing reportedly barred Chinese citizens ...

The Straits Times
RHC-P continues global health mission in Palau  United States Army

Regional Health Command Pacific rounded out its 2018 global health engagements with a recurring humanitarian mission to Palau in December.

United States Army
Disturbance headed near Palau brings high seas, no direct threat to Guam  Pacific Daily News

A disturbance expected to pass near Palau will bring rough seas, rip currents and Portuguese men-of-war to Guam beaches.

Pacific Daily News
After adding Titanium, Sustainable Grand Prix, Palau Pledge emerges as the big winner at the Cannes Lions  AdAge.com

Palau Pledge gets three Grand Prix at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity: Titanium, Sustainable Development Goals and Direct awards.

Tiny Island Nation to Host World's Largest Microgrid  Scientific American

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau announced last week that it will soon become the home of the world's largest microgrid, a development that could help it ...

Scientific American
Tropical terrorism: Indian authorities believe one of their citizens became radicalised in Palau  ABC News

On the surface, the island nation of Palau is a peaceful tropical paradise. But claims have emerged an Indian man transformed into a radical militant while living ...

ABC News
George H.W. Bush, dirty tricks, and regime change in nuclear-free Palau  People's World

Even before George Herbert Walker Bush's cadaver was cold last Nov. 30, as accolades came heaping upon the one-term president (1989-1993), I wondered ...

People's World
Guam celebrates Palau's milestone | Guam  The Guam Daily Post

PERFORMANCE: Cultural dancers from the University of Guam Republic of Palau Student Organization perform during the 24th Palau Independence Day ...

The Guam Daily Post
Six people isolated as Palau fights to beat dengue  Radio New Zealand

Six people remain in isolation at a Palau hospital as the country continues to wrestle with a dengue fever outbreak.

Radio New Zealand
Bartomeu wants to leave a legacy at Barcelona  MARCA.com

Josep Maria Bartomeu's stint as Barcelona president comes to an end in 2021. The leader, far from stridencies, is constructing a grand piece of...

Island nation Palau bans sunscreens with chemicals thought to harm coral  Chemistry World

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau is the first country to ban sunscreens that contain any one of 10 chemicals thought to harm coral reefs. Effective 1 January ...

Chemistry World
Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China  Reuters

Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating ...

Palau Banned “Reef-Toxic” Sunscreen—Here’s What You Need to Know  Vogue

Regardless of what happens at the polls today, the environment got one major win recently: Earlier this year, the western Pacific nation of Palau became the first ...

UOG graduate students share curricula in Palau  Pacific Daily News

Special education master degree candidates at the University of Guam traveled to Palau to share classroom curricula.

Pacific Daily News
Sand mining plan opposed in Palau  Radio New Zealand

A Japanese company's plan to dredge an unlimited amount of sand in northern Palau for the next 50 years poses serious threats to the environment and ...

Radio New Zealand
Youth Olympics pushes Palau's Noel Keane to train harder  Pacific Daily News

Although swimmer Noel Keane, representing Palau, isn't happy with his times at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, it only pushes him to train harder to ...

Pacific Daily News
China deemed Palau island illegal to visit and tourism is suffering  NEWS.com.au

More and more tourists were discovering the tiny nation, drawn to its reefs and forests, pristine beaches and the promise of a perfect slice of idyllic island life.

Travelers Can Swim with Jellyfish Again at Palau's Famous Jellyfish Lake  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

Palau's famous Jellyfish Lake just opened after it was closed for several years because of dwindling jellyfish numbers. Buzz60's Sean Dowling has more.

FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX
Palau Becomes First Country to Ban Sunscreens to Protect Corals  The Weather Channel

The Pacific island nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sunscreens with chemicals that damage coral reefs. A new law signed this week bans the ...

The Weather Channel
Former Palau president: Compact 'the best deal'  The Guam Daily Post

Former Palau President Johnson Toribiong views his nation's ties with the United States as “a cherished relationship,” calling the current Compact between ...

The Guam Daily Post
Rich in biodiversity, Palau looks to protect its most precious resource  UN Environment

Palau, an archipelago of over 576 islands in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, many of which are endangered ...

UN Environment
Palau’s giant clams are for seeing, not eating. See for yourself on a 10-day tour  Los Angeles Times

Marine caves, non-stinging jellyfish, giant clams and sunken World War II relics are among the highlights of a snorkeling and kayaking excursion to Palau, ...

Los Angeles Times
Palau island paradise abandoned after invoking wrath of China  New Zealand Herald

Airways close route after China's travel ban to the island of Palau.

New Zealand Herald
Palau signs PPA with Engie EPS for 100MW microgrid  Power Technology

The Republic of Palau has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Engie Electro Power Systems (EPS) for a 100MW microgrid project.

Power Technology
Palau asks China to remove research vessel  Radio New Zealand

Palau has asked China to remove a research vessel found operating in the country's waters.

Radio New Zealand
Palau president to meet Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen  Radio New Zealand

Palau president Tommy Remengesau will meet his Taiwan counterpart this weekend.

Radio New Zealand
Palau's tourism revenue grows despite China's ban  Radio New Zealand

Palau's president says the country's tourism revenue is up despite a 16 percent drop in arrivals from China.

Radio New Zealand
Palau tourism industry 'suffering greatly' from China ban  Radio New Zealand

Palau's Tourism Bureau says local businesses are suffering greatly in the wake of China's ban on tourist operators.

Radio New Zealand
DHL heir on run after failing drugs test in Palau  ABS-CBN News

KOROR, Palau - DHL heir Larry Hillbroom Jr. was on the run in the Pacific island nation of Palau Friday after failing mandatory drug testing imposed as part of a ...

World's largest micro-grid to be built in Republic of Palau by Engie  One Step Off The Grid

The world's largest microgrid – consisting of solar, energy storage, and diesel – will be built in the small Micronesian country of Palau by the microgrid and ...

One Step Off The Grid
Palau Tests the Waters of Luxury Tourism  Skift

Palau may be tiny (population 21500ish), but the Micronesian republic, made up of hundreds of islands, is looking to punch above its weight when it comes ...

Palau ratifies Nagoya Protocol to safeguard its biodiversity  UN Environment

If a scientist or a company collects biological specimens in another country, takes them back to their country, conducts research and later makes millions by ...

UN Environment
Call for Palau to increase cooperation with China  Radio New Zealand

Two members of Palau's National Congress have called for more cooperation with China amid pressure over its ties with Taiwan.

Radio New Zealand
Palau to Institute $1,000 Sunscreen Fine  TheInertia.com

Beginning in 2020, anyone using harmful sunscreens could be subject to confiscation and a fine of up to $1000 per offense.

Palau asks US, Japan for help to counter China’s ‘tourist ban’  South China Morning Post

Palau's president has asked the US and Japan to help its tourism industry after Beijing reportedly barred Chinese citizens from visiting the tiny Pacific island due ...

South China Morning Post
Palau reports dengue outbreak  Outbreak News Today

Health officials on the Pacific island of Palau are reporting an outbreak of dengue fever. According to the Ministry of Health, the first ever laboratory confirmation ...

Outbreak News Today
Guam, Palau renew closer ties with NMI - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

Hundreds of miles of water may separate the CNMI from its Micronesian island neighbors, but Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Republic of Palau President ...

Saipan Tribune
Pacific public auditors hold Palau conference - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs provided support to the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors for its ...

Saipan Tribune
Palau Becomes First Nation To Ban Toxic Sunscreen  WMFE

The ban was prompted by a study from a team of researchers including University of Central Florida biologist John Fauth. The study links a common ingredient ...

Fugitive DHL Heir Arrested, Jailed In Palau For Drug Trafficking  NDTV News

The fugitive DHL heir Larry Hillbroom Jr has been arrested and jailed in Palau after two days on the run, the Pacific island nation's attorney general said ...

Dengue type 3 found in Palau for first time  Radio New Zealand

Residents in Palau are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitos after an outbreak of dengue fever type 3.

Radio New Zealand
Palau govt asks Japan and US for help after China crackdown  Radio New Zealand

Palau's government has reached out to Japan and the US for assistance, after an official Chinese tourist withdrawal sent visitor numbers plumetting.

Radio New Zealand
Why the sunny island of Palau is banning sunscreen  9Honey

The Pacific island nation of Palau is taking extreme measures to protect their coral reef, starting with th...

The Republic of Palau – in partnership with GridMarket and ENGIE Eps - pioneers access to affordable and reliable clean energy with project ARMONIA, the largest microgrid in the world  GlobeNewswire

The historic solar and storage microgrid initiative will transform Palau into a resilient, low carbon economy further establishing the island nation as leader in the ...

Swim with jellyfish in this Palau lake  WTVA

After being closed for two years to allow its diminishing golden jellyfish population to recover, Ongeim'l Tketau Jellyfish Lake has reopened.

China has forced a Pacific airline to close down because of diplomatic ties with Taiwan  Business Insider

Last year China banned group tourism to the small nations of Palau and the Vatican, both of which are diplomatic allies of Taiwan. In doing so, China is trying to ...

Business Insider
World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau  CleanTechnica

October 17th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill. Tucked away in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean is the small Republic of Palau, boasting a population of just over ...

Palau calls on UN to recognise Taiwan  Radio New Zealand

Palau's president has joined calls from Kiribati and Nauru for the UN to recognise Taiwan. Palau President, Tommy Remengesau Junior, addresses the UN ...

Radio New Zealand

Palau Videos

Palau: The Vanishing Nation | UPROXX Reports
Palau: The Vanishing Nation | UPROXX Reports
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Palau, Micronesia - The last Paradise Island
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Palau - Rock Island Tour (2018)
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Conversamos con el actor que interpretará a Luis Palau en su película biográfica
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PALAU la Pelicula Trailer

Palau Images

Koror–Babeldaob Bridge - Wikipedia
Koror–Babeldaob Bridge - Wikipedia
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Photo Gallery | Marine Science Institute, UCSB
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Belau National Museum - Wikipedia
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Slot.it KF02D Ferrari F40 - #34 Pilot. Le Mans 1995
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Yellowtail scad - Wikipedia
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Barcelona City History Museum - Wikipedia
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Palau Episcopal de Tortosa - Viquipèdia, l'enciclopèdia lliure
Sardinia Destination Resort Photos | Thomas Cook
Sardinia Destination Resort Photos | Thomas Cook
TR.I.S. - Wikipedia
TR.I.S. - Wikipedia
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Stillehavet - oversigtskort

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Palau Wiki

Palau ( (listen), historically Belau, Palaos, or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and has an area of 466 square kilometers (180 sq mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.The country was originally settled approximately 3,000 years ago by migrants from the Philippines and sustained a Negrito population until around 900 years ago. The islands were first explored by Europeans in the 16th century, and were made part of the Spanish East Indies in 1574. Following Spain's defeat in the Spanish–American War in 1898, the islands were sold to Imperial Germany in 1899 under the terms of the German–Spanish Treaty, where they were administered as part of German New Guinea, although the islands were already represented in the Malolos Congress of the revolutionary First Philippine Republic. The Imperial Japanese Navy conquered Palau during World War I, and the islands were later made a part of the Japanese-ruled South Pacific Mandate by the League of Nations. During World War II, skirmishes, including the major Battle of Peleliu, were fought between American and Japanese troops as part of the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign. Along with other Pacific Islands, Palau was made a part of the United States-governed Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947. Having voted against joining the Federated States of Micronesia in 1979, the islands gained full sovereignty in 1994 under a Compact of Free Association with the United States.Politically, Palau is a presidential republic in free association with the United States, which provides defense, funding, and access to social services. Legislative power is concentrated in the bicameral Palau National Congress. Palau's economy is based mainly on tourism, subsistence agriculture and fishing, with a significant portion of gross national product (GNP) derived from foreign aid. The country uses the United States dollar as its currency. The islands' culture mixes Micronesian, Melanesian, Asian, and Western elements. Ethnic Palauans, the majority of the population, are of mixed Micronesian, Melanesian, and Austronesian descent. A smaller proportion of the population is descended from Japanese and Filipino settlers. The country's two official languages are Palauan (a member of the Austronesian language family) and English, with Japanese, Sonsorolese, and Tobian recognized as regional languages.