South Pacific

A young boy plays amongst a destroyed ba...A young boy plays amongst a destroyed banana plantation in Mele, outside the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila on March 19, 2015, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week.    AFP PHOTO / Jeremy PIPERJEREMY PIPER/AFP/Getty Images

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A young boy plays amongst a destroyed banana plantation in Mele, outside the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week. 

Paul Alexander Hatyay (C), the headmaster, and teachers of Central School lay out books to dry in the sun after the roof of the school's library was blown away by Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Edgar Su     REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Paul Alexander Hatyay (C), the headmaster, and teachers of Central School lay out books to dry in the sun after the roof of the school’s library was blown away by Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. 

Aftermath of Cyclone Pam...epa04665535 A photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 17 March 2015 shows three year-old Rachel (R) helping her father Ken (background) as they clear away the debris at their house in Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. This house was washed away when a municipal water tank ruptured and collapsed, sending thousands of gallons of water down the hillside. Whole villages have been blown away and homes have been flattened after Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific Island nation. The UN has unconfirmed reports that the cyclone has killed 44 people in one province alone and Oxfam says the destruction in Port Vila is massive, with 90 per cent of houses damaged.  EPA/GRAHAM CRUMB / UNICEF PACIFIC /  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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A Unicef photo shows three-year-old Rachel helping her father Ken as they clear away the debris at their house in Vanuatu. Whole villages have been blown away and homes have flattened after Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific Island nation. 

Cyclone Pam toll expected to rise...epa04664494 Samuel stands his father Phillip in what remained of their family home in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March  2015. International relief work was under way 16 March in Vanuatu and Tuvalu, impoverished island nations ravaged by the worst tropical cyclone on record in the South Pacific with aid agencies saying conditions in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu are among the most challenging they have faced. Tropical Cyclone Pam left a trail of destruction when it ripped through the region at the start of the weekend with winds in excess of 250 kilometres per hour, heavy downpours and flooding.  EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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Samuel and his father Phillip stand in the remains of their family home in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after tropical cyclone Pam devastated the islands of Vanuatu and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, with winds of more than 250 kph, heavy downpours and flooding.

The Moerai School choir gather as they w...The Moerai School choir gather as they wait to sing the national anthem and raise the national flag during a visit by French Overseas Territories Minister George Pau-Langevin on March 10, 2015 on the island of Rurutu, south of Tahiti, on her first official visit to the Indian Ocean territory. AFP PHOTO / GREGORY BOISSYGREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images

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The Moerai School choir gather as they wait to sing the national anthem and raise the national flag during a visit by French Overseas Territories Minister George Pau-Langevin on the island of Rurutu, south of Tahiti, French Polynesia. 

To go with Palau-conservation-animal-sha...To go with Palau-conservation-animal-shark-oceans,FEATURE by Neil Sands  In this undated handout photograph received from Richard W. Brooks on August 27, 2014, a grey reef shark (C) is seen riding the incoming tide, to conserve energy, at Blue Corner, off Koror, in the small Pacific island nation of Palau. Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to completely ban commercial fishing in the island nation's vast ocean territory by 2018. AFP PHOTO / Richard W. Brooks  --- EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RICHARD W. BROOKS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVESRichard W. Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

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A grey reef shark is seen riding the incoming tide, to conserve energy, at Blue Corner, off Koror, in the small Pacific island nation of Palau. Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to completely ban commercial fishing in the island nation’s vast ocean territory by 2018. 

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. 

A general view of the hard-surfaced advanced recording base PEA "Denise" in the north zone of the Moruroa (Mururoa) atoll, southern Pacific ocean, where French forces have conducted 138 nuclear weapon tests until 1996. In order to prevent a potential collapse of the atoll, the ministry of Defense have scheduled improvement works on all its telesurveillance system, named Telsite, starting late 2014 and up to 2017, to monitor the sismic activity of the base. The Telsite system includes a network of sismic captors placed on the surface but also in wells hundreds of meters deep.

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PEA ‘Denise’ in the north zone of the Mururoa Atoll, in the southern Pacific Ocean, where the French military conducted nuclear weapons tests until 1996. The Ministry of Defence has scheduled improvement works starting in late 2014 to monitor the seismic activity of the base amid fears the atoll may collapse

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.