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 (tə-rä′wə, tăr′ə-wä′, tä′rä-)
The capital of Kiribati, on an atoll in the western Pacific Ocean. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and retaken by US Marines after a hard-fought battle in November 1943.


(Placename) an atoll in Kiribati, occupying a chain of islets surrounding a lagoon in the W central Pacific: the capital of Kiribati, Bairiki, is on this atoll. Pop: 45 989 (2005)


(təˈrɑ wə, ˈtær əˌwɑ)

one of the Gilbert Islands, in the central Pacific; capital of Kiribati. 24,598; 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km).
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Noun1.Tarawa - national capital of Kiribati
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
2.Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943)Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
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
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Summary: South Tarawa [Kirbati], Jan 28 (ANI): Seven survivors, including an unconscious baby, aboard a dinghy have been found by rescuers while searching for a ferry carrying 50 people that went missing in the waters off Kiribati.
The 60ft wooden catamaran was expected to reach South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, from Nonouti Island, 150 miles away, in two days.
On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped.
The World Bank currently supports six projects across the country, totaling US$90 million, including an upgrading of the South Tarawa Road a vital link used by all 50,000 people living in Tarawa, initiatives to boost solar energy generation, and adaptation activities to better prepare the island for the impacts of climate change.
Now 93 years old, he's had bits of cast iron inside him for more than 70 years since a grenade found him on Tarawa.
The republic, comprising 33 coral atolls, lies in the Central Pacific, and has a population of more than 100,000 - half of whom live on Tarawa atoll where the capital, South Tarawa, is situated.
On Tarawa, the main atoll in Kiribati, mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Her previous duty stations include USS Tarawa (LHA1); Naval Weapons Station Charleston, South Carolina; USNS Niagara Falls (TAFS 3); Fleet Integrated Logistics Overhaul Team, Portsmouth, Virginia; Commander, Logistic Forces, U.
Director of US charity History Flight Mark Noah told Radio New Zealand the men were killed during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943.
JERUSALEM, June 21, 2015 (WAFA) A Palestinian teenager identified as Yasir Tarawa was shot and critically injured by Israeli border guards near Jerusalems Nablus main road, said witnesses at the scene.
13/8/2015, South Tarawa, Kiribati -- Kiribati President Anote Tong today called for an immediate global moratorium on all new coal mines and their expansion.
It is now seven days when close relatives saw him [Mawa] tied hand to hand with another person escorted with five unknown gunmen at around 5:30pm on Monday 24th November, 2014, along crop training centre route that leads to Hai Tarawa and Hai Peace.