A Napoleon Wrasse fish off the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau. Palau has created one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries, saying it wanted to restore the ocean for future generations. At 500,000 square kilometres the sanctuary is the same size as Spain and covers an underwater wonderland containing 1,300 species of fish and 700 types of coral.
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
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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.