Peace Corps to Leave Because of Violence

From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Peace Corps is withdrawing its volunteers from Papua New Guinea because of escalating lawlessness and violence in the troubled Pacific nation.

The 24 volunteers will be evacuated by mid-July, the Peace Corps said in a message posted on its Web site. In the statement, the group said extensive efforts have been made to ensure the safety of volunteers, but increasing crime and security problems mean that the corps can no longer operate safely there.

The corps did not say if any of its volunteers had been attacked.

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