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Pacific Daily News 
During the past week, I spent time diving in Palau as part of the celebration during the 15th anniversary of Shark Week with Fish-n-Fins Diving Center. We made two to three dives per day for five days and were treated to some of the best shark diving ... See more..
NRB Today 
Luis Palau meeting with President Morales Just 10 days after a horrific fire tragically took the lives of 40 young girls living in a government-run shelter in Guatemala, international evangelist and author Luis Palau – who happened to already be in the ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
TAIPEI (Central News Agency/Pacnews) — Palau signed an accord Friday to cooperate with Taiwan on immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking, according to a statement released by Taiwan's embassy in Palau. Palau's Minister of State ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
EU's Ambassador to the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs has this week been in Palau where he had talks with the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau and his Government. A release out of the EU Pacific office says there were fruitful discussions on the EU-Palau ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
(Press Release) — The Palau Softball League Association will hold a coaches and managers meeting at the 13 Fishermen Pavilion on Beach Road at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday. The league organizers will discuss the opening of the 2017 season at the ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
KOROR (Pacific Note/Pacnews) — President Tommy Remengesau and the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the Palau National Congress seem headed on a collision course over the Environmental Impact Fee or EIF. Earlier, the House of Delegates passed H.B. 10-22 to ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
KOROR, Palau (Pacific Note) — It will cost at least $100,000 to demolish the BRT Building of the Ministry of Justice, which has been condemned and deemed unsafe. BRT stands for Bismark, Rengiil and Termeteet — three of Palau's prominent police officers. See more..
Marianas Variety 
“Last summer alone had a larger group of 21 students who were awarded the fellowship since the program began in 2013,” said Chur Oip, scholarship coordinator of the Palau National Scholarship Board. Since its inception four years ago, the program has ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Asian Development Bank says Palau is facing urgent infrastructure and environmental challenges due to its booming tourism industry. In a just released report assessing Palau's private sector, the ADB says the rapid growth of what it calls 'low-end ... See more..
DatacenterDynamics (registration) 
Modular data center specialist Flexenclosure will deploy a cable landing station in Palau for the Belau Submarine Cable Corporation. The news comes just a month after the company signed a similar deal to deliver two cable landing stations in Samoa. See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
Area

Total 459 sq km
Land 459 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November ;
Natural Resources

forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals ;
Natural Hazards

typhoons (June to December)
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing ;

Demographics

Nationality
Palauan
Population
21,108 (July 2013 est.)
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The economy consists of tourism and other services such as trade, subsistence agriculture, and fishing. Government is a major employer of the work force relying on financial assistance from the US under the Compact of Free Association (Compact) with the US. The Compact took effect, after the end of the UN trusteeship on 1 October 1994. The US provided Palau with roughly $700 million in aid for the first 15 years following commencement of the Compact in 1994 in return for unrestricted access to its land and waterways for strategic purposes. Business and leisure tourist arrivals numbered over 109,000 in ...See More 2011, for a 27% increase over 2010. The population enjoys a per capita income roughly double that of the Philippines and much of Micronesia. Long-run prospects for tourism have been bolstered by the expansion of air travel in the Pacific, the rising prosperity of industrial East Asia, and the willingness of foreigners to finance infrastructure development. Proximity to Guam, the region's major destination for tourists from East Asia, and a regionally competitive tourist infrastructure enhance Palau's advantage as a destination. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$221 million (2011 est.); $208.9 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes; fish
Industries

tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making