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An island country of the central Pacific Ocean south of the equator and west of Kiribati. Inhabited by a population of mainly Polynesian ancestry, Nauru was explored by the British in 1798, became a German protectorate in 1888, and was administered by Australia from 1914 until 1942, when it was captured by Japan. Recaptured by Australia in 1945, Nauru became independent in 1968. Yaren is the de facto capital.

Na·u′ru·an adj. & n.
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(Placename) an island republic in the SW Pacific, west of Kiribati: administered jointly by Australia, New Zealand, and Britain as a UN trust territory before becoming independent in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth (formerly a special member not represented at all meetings, until 1999). The economy is based on export of phosphates. Languages: Nauruan (a Malayo-Polynesian language) and English. Religion: Christian. Currency: Australian dollar. Capital: Yaren. Pop: 9 434 (2013 est). Area: 2130 hectares (5263 acres). Former name: Pleasant Island
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(nɑˈu ru)

Republic of, an island republic in the Pacific, near the equator, W of the Gilbert Islands: a UN trusteeship until 1968. 10,605; 8 sq. mi. (21 sq. km). Formerly, Pleasant Island.
Na•u′ru•an, n., adj.
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Noun1.Nauru - an island republic on Nauru IslandNauru - an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
Nauru Island, Pleasant Island, Nauru - a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
Nauruan - a native or inhabitant of Nauru
2.Nauru - a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
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
Nauru, Republic of Nauru - an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
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The character is relatively subtle, he is the calm and collected one which makes him challenging to portray convincingly,' says Naru sharing a little about his character.
On arriving at Olasana, Kennedy discovered that the two men he and Ross had seen at Naru had made contact with the rest of the crew.
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Shimray allegedly told Naru that he wanted to procure 1,000 pieces of arms, including AK series rifles, light machine guns, pistols, rocket- propelled grenades, rocket launchers and five lakh rounds of ammunition, and gave him the list of weapons required, says the NIA charge sheet.
On est a Pala, un petit village cotier ou habitent Domel et sa fille Naru. Ces derniers sont intrigues par le cas d'un jeune homme amnesique qu'ils ont retrouve non loin de chez eux.
Soshite chichi ni naru DIRECTED BY Hirokazu Koreeda.
- "Soshite Chichi Ni Naru" ("Like Father, Like Son"), Kore-Eda Hirokazu
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He later came home and strangled his 20 day baby to death and fled, brother of the criminal Naru told media.
They also take personal loans at high interest rates to make up for the deficit," says Sarath Naru, founder and managing partner of VenturEast, a venture capital fund.