Cameron shares David Tua’s pain

WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND: Former foes and now friends Shane Cameron and Toaletai David Tua share a video at David Tua’s boxing gym.

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FILE - This Sept. 9, 2015, file photo shows Mungau Dain in Venice, Italy. Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Tanna.” He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional v

Humble Pacific island movie star Mungau Dain dies in mid-20s

Mungau Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar-nominated film "Tanna." He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. They would later describe him as their answer to Brad Pitt.

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Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne, left, gestures as she answers a journalist's question in Bangkok.

Australia praises Thai action on Saudi woman seeking asylum

Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand on Thursday for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo released by the Immigration Bureau, Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, foreground, walks by Chief of Immigration Police Maj.

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status.

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A ship tows The Ocean Cleanup's first buoyant trash-collecting device toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco en route to the Pacific Ocean.

Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart

A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs.

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In this photo released by U.S. Coast Guard, the 308-foot (94 meter)  Chinese-flagged commercial fish carrier sits aground on Taka Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

US helping rescue 24 fishing crew on grounded Pacific ship

A large Chinese-flagged fishing ship ran aground on a remote Pacific atoll early Thursday, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it was helping coordinate the rescue of its 24 crew members.

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Viliamu Samu

Samoan man arrested over human trafficking and slavery identified as Viliamu Samu

The Samoan man arrested in New Zealand for human trafficking and slavery in relation to labourers from Samoa has been identified.

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A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. New Zealand police said Saturday, Dec. 8, that

New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

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The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Australia's prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's tweeted response to the Islamic leaders' request for a postponement of Thursday's meeting adds to friction with the Muslim world sparked by his proposal last month to move the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

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Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji leader sworn in for 4 more years after winning election

Fiji's leader was sworn in for four more years Tuesday after winning an election with a reduced majority, after earlier lashing out at his opponents.

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Security personnel on the back of a truck wait to be paid at Rita Flynn Netball Centre in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.. Opposition lawmaker Bryan Kramer said disgruntled police and prison guards stormed Papua New Guinea’s Parlia

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Disgruntled police, military and prison guards stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament on Tuesday in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific island nation over the weekend, a lawmaker said.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, passes a proclamation to Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, left, as New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Pacific summit ends with no communique as China, US differ

An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the U.S. The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on the role of the World Trade Organization, which governs international trade, officials said. A statement was to be issued instead by the meeting's chair, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

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A seller shows betel nuts at the Koki Buai market at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea's betel high defies control, convention

A ubiquitous sight in Papua New Guinea's capital is men, women and children chewing betel nut combined with slaked lime and mustard bean, turning lips, teeth and tongue a dark red, and producing a mild high.

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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2010 photo, flames burn from a ventilation shaft above the Pike River mine which fatally trapped 29 miners, in Greymouth, New Zealand.

New Zealand crews to re-enter mine 8 years after 29 killed

Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand's government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.

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Fiji's Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji's leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win

The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years.

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Security officials stand outside a perimeter fence for a secured area ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

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FijiFirst poster with the image of Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is displayed at the entrance to a village in Nausori, Fiji.

Rain closes some polling venues as Fiji elects new leader

Heavy rainfall was affecting some voting in Fiji's general election Wednesday, as two men who led different military coups battled for control of the island nation. 

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In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, workers sort and pack strawberries at the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm in Chambers Flat, Queensland, Australia. A former strawberry farm worker appeared in an Australian court on Monday charged with planting sewing needl

Farm supervisor charged in Australia strawberry tampering

A former strawberry farm supervisor was accused in court Monday of retaliating over a workplace grievance by putting needles into the fruit, sparking recalls that devastated the Australian industry.

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A man casts his vote at a polling station in Noumea, New Caledonia, as part of an independence referendum, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Voters in New Caledonia are deciding whether the French territory in the South Pacific should break free from the European cou

Voters in Pacific territory choose to keep ties with France

A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, a watershed moment that led French President Emmanuel Macron to promise a full dialogue on the archipelago's future.

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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner leaves federal court following his sentencing in New York.

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts.

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