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Missing Pa. Boy Found on Island 7K Miles From Home

Authorities say Billy Hanson's dad sailed them more than 5K miles to Niue

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy reported missing in September has been found safe—on a tiny South Pacific island more than 7,000 miles from his home in Pennsylvania. Billy Hanson's mom reported the boy missing after he didn't come back from a visit with his father in Seattle, so... More »

Nobody Home: Tiny Island Emptying Fast

Fewer than 1.6K left on Niue as many leave for New Zealand

(Newser) - While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate rapidly growing populations, some islands in the Pacific face the opposite dilemma: how to stop everybody from leaving. The population decline on Niue, a lush coral atoll about the size of Baltimore, has been steady and relentless. In the... More »

Tiny Island to Mint Star Wars Currency

Luke, Yoda will be on legal tender for first time

(Newser) - Move over, Queen Elizabeth: Luke Skywalker and friends will soon be sharing a spot on the currency of a tiny Pacific island. Yoda, Leia, and Darth Vader also will appear on the flip side of the soon-to-be-minted coins for the island of Niue. It’s the first time Star Wars... More »

The 10 Fattest Countries

U-S-A! U-S-A!

(Newser) - Hey, America, you're not even the best at being the fattest: The US does, however, make GlobalPost's top 10 list of fattest countries, according to 2010 WHO statistics. The breakdown, by percentage of population classified as overweight (more than 25% BMI):
  1. Nauru (95%)
  2. Micronesia (92%)
  3. The Cook Islands
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