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/ 8 December 2007

Powerful cyclone misses most of Fiji

A powerful cyclone packing winds of up to 250km/h pounded some small islands in northern Fiji, but missed heavily populated areas in the South Pacific nation as it swung away to the south-east, officials said on Saturday. Cyclone Daman remained a category-four storm, forecaster Daini Donu said, but it was weakening.

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/ 7 December 2007

Cyclone intensifies as it heads towards Fiji

A tropical cyclone bearing down on the South Pacific island nation of Fiji has intensified into a category-four storm, the second most powerful cyclone, with destructive winds up to 200km/h. Cyclone Daman is expected to hit the nation’s second largest island Vanua Levu early on Saturday, officials said, as people began moving to higher ground.

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/ 5 January 2007

Fiji coup leader sworn in as prime minister

Fiji’s military chief was sworn in on Friday as the South Pacific nation’s interim Prime Minister, cementing the power he seized by force one month ago in an armed coup. Commodore Frank Bainimarama promised to be ”a true and faithful prime minister”, during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Fiji’s capital, Suva.

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/ 5 December 2006

Fiji military stages coup, fourth in 20 years

Fiji’s military chief said on Tuesday the army had taken over the country, plunging the South Pacific island nation into its fourth coup in 20 years. ”As of six o’clock this evening the military has taken over the running of the government and the country,” Commander Frank Bainimarama told a news conference in Suva, the capital.