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Last Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
In pictures: Solomons reel from riots

A man reads the Solomon Star newspaper with the headline PM Faces Motion of No Confidence in Honiara on Friday

The streets are calm but tensions remain high in the Solomons, where Prime Minister Snyder Rini refused to step down despite two days of rioting.

An Australian soldier guards a road into the capital Honiara

Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand soldiers are patrolling the streets and a dawn-to-dusk curfew is in place.

Prime Minister Snyder Rini faces photographers after announcing his new cabinet in Honiara

Prime Minister Rini has stood firm, denying he is corrupt and saying he will beat a no-confidence vote set for next week.

A woman wipes away her tears in a secure Red Cross camp in the capital Honiara

Chinese residents whose homes and business were destroyed in the rioting have seen their lives torn apart.

Chinese locals in a makeshift refugee camp in Honiara

Many are now housed in makeshift refugee camps. They became targets after being accused of having corrupt links to Prime Minister Rini.

Chinese residents register interest in leaving the Solomons

Many Chinese and foreign residents are signing up to leave the country.

Children play in the pool of the burnt-down Casino Hotel in Honiara on Friday

On Friday, local children enjoyed sudden access to abandoned Chinese-owned businesses, such as this hotel pool.

A day before, the hotel had been ablaze. An estimated 90% of Honiara's Chinatown was ruined.


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