German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel tells New Zealanders "you can be proud of your PM"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kind words for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a little bit of prompting. Asked Tuesday by Television New Zealand whether she had any advice on coalition governments for Ardern and to assess their first meeting, the four-term chancellor launched into a typically academic answer about the two coalition systems.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand puts brakes on search for oil in bid to go green

Signaling its commitment to a clean energy future, New Zealand's government announced Thursday it won't issue any more permits for offshore oil and gas exploration.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a point during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

New Zealand puts brakes on search for oil in bid to go green

Signaling its commitment to a clean energy future, New Zealand's government announced Thursday it won't issue any more permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. The move won't affect existing permits for exploration or extraction, meaning the industry is likely to continue in the South Pacific nation for several more decades.

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Vanuatu.

Australia and New Zealand warn China against Vanuatu base

Australia and New Zealand warned China on Tuesday against building any military base in the South Pacific, following media reports that the Chinese have proposed a permanent stronghold in Vanuatu. Fairfax Media reported that China had approached the former French colony about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific.

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Fiji Prime Minister and COP President Frank Bainimarama speaks in the U.S. Climate Action Center at the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Fiji damaged by cyclone, PM sees 'frightening' weather ahead

Fiji is entering a "frightening new era" of extreme weather, the leader of the Pacific island nation said Tuesday after flooding from a cyclone killed at least four people. Cyclone Josie struck Fiji on Sunday.

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American Samoans sue for birthright citizenship

American Samoa residents living in Utah filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a second attempt to gain citizenship status for residents of the U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

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In this Monday, March 19, 2018, underwater video image courtesy of Paul Allen shows wreckage from the USS Juneau, a U.S. Navy ship sunk by the Japanese torpedoes 76 years ago.

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreck

The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II.

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Former President of The United States Barack Obama waves as he prepares to board a helicopter in Auckland, New Zealand.

Obama in New Zealand for meetings, golf, but no public talks

Former President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit to New Zealand, where he will speak with community leaders, meet the prime minister and play golf. The sessions will be closed to the public and media except for an official welcome ceremony Thursday. Obama does not plan to answer questions from reporters.

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This file image made from video provided Feb. 28, 2018, show the damaged building following an earthquake in Mendi, Papua New Guinea.

Death toll from Feb. 26 Papua New Guinea quake rises to 125

Papua New Guinea police said Wednesday that an earthquake last month killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

President Trump OKs disaster declaration in American Samoa

President Donald Trump has ordered federal assistance for American Samoa in the wake of damage caused by tropical storm Gita last month. The White House announced Friday that Trump approved the disaster declaration for the U.S. territory in order to free up funding.

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A man views a house that collapsed in a strong earthquake, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Halagoli, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea. Severe damage after Monday's powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea is hindering efforts to assess the destruct

Papua New Guinea quake killed at least 15, governor says

A powerful earthquake two days ago killed at least 15 people, injured dozens and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields in a remote Papua New Guinea region, the local governor said Wednesday.

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Simon Bridges holds a press conference in Wellington.

New Zealand political party turns to indigenous Maori leader

Lawmakers from New Zealand's main conservative party on Tuesday chose their first indigenous Maori leader as they regrouped after an election loss.

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Local officials inspect the damage to a mosque following monday's powerful earthquake in neighboring Papua New Guinea.

Severe damage in Papua New Guinea hinders quake assessment

Severe damage to phone networks and roads from a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea was hindering efforts to assess the extent of the destruction Tuesday, although officials in the remote central region fear dozens of people may have been injured or killed.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks to reporters in Tamworth, Australia.

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister resigned from the Cabinet on Friday over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from Parliament. By staying in Parliament, Barnaby Joyce ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives is maintained.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Uili Papali’i.

Young Papali’i makes New Zealand Prime Minister “hopeful”

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has paid tribute to a young Samoan Kiwi who has been recognised for his generosity in helping out a homeless man in South Auckland last year. Prime Minister Ardern attended the Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards as the guest of Uili Papali’i. 

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, image made from video, flood waters from a strong storm surround a vehicle in Nelson, New Zealand.

Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm

Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country. The 1,000 tourists and 5,000 locals in Takaka are not entirely trapped, but would have to use a boat, helicopter or small plane to leave town now or wait a week or more before the road is cleared and repaired.

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The winds have weakened as the storm has arced through the Pacific, but the weather is still causing disruptions in New Zealand.

Parts of New Zealand flood as remnants of Cyclone Gita hit

Parts of New Zealand declared an emergency Tuesday as a powerful storm hit, causing flooding and forcing some people to evacuate their homes. The storm system is the remnants of Cyclone Gita, which last week ripped through the Pacific nation of Tonga, destroying homes, churches and the historic Parliament House.

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IN MENA: New Zealand P.M. Jacinda Ardern in her MENA outfit during the Pride Parade. Photo: Radio New Zealand International.

New Zealand Prime Minister rocks MENA outfit at Pride Parade

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern created history on Sunday when she became the first Prime Minister to walk in the Auckland Pride Parade.

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This image made from a video, shows a house damaged by Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa, Tonga Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More details emerged Wednesday about the damage caused by Cyclone Gita after it hit the main island Monday night just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa. The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House.

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Former Prime Minister Bill English.

New Zealand lawmaker Bill English quits after election loss

New Zealand's opposition leader Bill English said Tuesday he would leave Parliament after losing last year's election. The former prime minister told reporters he was resigning as leader of the conservative National Party and leaving Parliament later this month.

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U.S.

Former President George H. W. Bush greets the mourners with his daughter Dorothy

President George HW Bush greets mourners honoring his wife

Former President George H.W. Bush surprisingly greeted some of the hundreds of mourners filing through a large Houston church on Friday as they paid final respects to his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

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