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Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainima...Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama (C) attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva on September 16, 2014. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

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Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup. Read more

This photo taken on July 29, 2014 shows ...This photo taken on July 29, 2014 shows traditional dancers performing at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in the Palau city of Koror.  Pacific island leaders of the 15 nations represented at the Pacific Islands Forum will renew calls this week for meaningful action on climate change at the regional summit, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

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Traditional dancers perform at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in the Palau city of Koror. Pacific island leaders of the 15 nations represented at the Pacific Islands Forum will renew calls this week for meaningful action on climate change at the regional summit, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations. Read more

Local children wave Japanese flags as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in the Papua New Guinea capital of  Port Moresby on July 10, 2014.  Abe is visiting New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea to hold talks with officials on biliateral and international issues

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Local children wave Japanese flags as Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, arrives in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Mr Abe is visiting New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea Read more

This undated handout photo released on A...This undated handout photo released on August 13, 2013 by ChildFund Australia shows a woman named Helen wearing a large bandaid where her lip once was in in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea suffer "severe brutality" with violence, including savage attacks involving knives, axes and whips, occurring in two-thirds of all families, a new study said on August 13, 2013.  ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / VLAD SOKHIN / CHILDFUND AUSTRALIA"

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Helen, from Port Moresby, is among many women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea who suffer brutality, with a study by Australian charity ChildFund showing savage attacks occur in two-thirds of all families Read more

Julia Gillard Visits Papua New Guinea - Day 2...PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - MAY 10:  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on May 10, 2013 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense, and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island.The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Pacific Island Nation and the first visit since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island. The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Gillard to the Pacific island nation and the first visit since former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. Read more