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 (kēr′ə-bä′tē, kîr′ə-băs′)
An island country of the west-central Pacific Ocean near the equator. It includes the former Gilbert Islands, Banaba (Ocean Island), and the Phoenix and Line islands. Settled by Austronesian peoples before the 1st century ad, the islands, together with the Ellice Islands, became a British protectorate (1892-1916) and subsequently a crown colony under the name the Gilbert and Ellice Island Colony. The Ellice Islands gained independence (1978) as Tuvalu and the remaining islands (1979) as Kiribati. Tarawa is the capital.
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(ˌkɪrɪˈbæs; ˌkɪrɪˈbætɪ)
(Placename) an independent republic in the W Pacific: comprises 33 islands including Banaba (Ocean Island), the Gilbert and Phoenix Islands, and eight of the Line Islands; part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands until 1975; became self-governing in 1977 and gained full independence in 1979 as the Republic of Kiribati; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: English, I-Kiribati (Gilbertese) is widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Bairiki islet, in Tarawa atoll. Pop: 103 248 (2013 est). Area: 684 sq km (264 sq miles)
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(ˌkɪər iˈbɑ ti, ˈkɪər əˌbæs)

a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 85,501; 275 sq. mi. (717 sq. km). Cap.: Tarawa. Formerly, Gilbert Islands.
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Noun1.Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equatorKiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Gilbert Islands - a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
Bairiki, Tarawa - national capital of Kiribati
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Air Kiribati (IK, Tarawa) is eyeing opportunities for direct flights from the Pacific archipelago to Australia and New Zealand thanks to its incoming E190-E2s, General Manager Danial Rochford told Air Transport World.
New Zealand may face an influx of immigrants from Kiribati over the next few decades if climate change makes the country less habitable.
Swiss-born photographer Matthieu Rytz's Anote's Ark is an impressive directorial debut about the equatorial Republic of Kiribati (formerly part of a British colony called the Gilbert and Ellice Islands).
An official selection of the 2018 Sundance film festival, Anote's Ark is a documentary about the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, a remote land threatened with eradication due to rising sea levels.
I know so little about this part of our world, so was surprised to learn what a long history the Catholic Church has in the Central Pacific island nation of Kiribati. I was also saddened to learn about the dramatic threat of its extinction due to climate change.
Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested a Syrian national who tried to enter the country using a fake Kiribati passport.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday announced the arrest of a Syrian national attempting to enter the country using a Kiribati passport.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry today hosted a high-level Kiribati delegation led by the country's President H.E.
21, Kiribati President Taneti Maamau sought to quash rumors that the country might be wavering in its support of Taiwan, and establish relations with China.
26 (BNA): Bahrain has announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kiribati in line with the desire of the two countries to consolidate their friendly relations and cooperation.