South Pacific

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

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. Read more