European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters address a press conference after their meeting at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

EU says encouraging trade with Iran is crucial to nuke deal

The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program.

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Michelle Flandez stands in her home with her two-month-old son Inti Perez, who is diagnosed with microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have problems

One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those children.

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Tristan Mona. Photo: Supplied.

Auckland-based Samoan student makes Microsoft history

A Samoan student based in Auckland has made history becoming the first Samoan and New Zealander to place first in a category at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. Radio 531 PI reports that Tristan Mona, 16, from Avondale College has returned home after winning first place in the final round of the championship's PowerPoint category in Orlando, Florida last week.

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In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, Peter Peacock poses for a portrait as he sits on a couch in his home in Melbourne, Australia. Peacock, who donated sperm anonymously around 1980, was recently contacted by Gypsy Diamond, his biological daughter, aft

Australian law helps daughter of sperm donor find father

For Peter Peacock, fate arrived in the form of a registered letter. The letter, at least initially, looked to be a bit of a letdown. Peacock had gone to the post office expecting the delivery of a big, furry aviator jacket he'd ordered online.

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Posters of Justine Ruszczyk Damond are displayed Monday, July 23, 2018, at a news conference by attorneys for her family in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)

Family of woman killed by Minneapolis officer sues for $50M

The family of an Australian woman who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the officer conspired with his partner to hide what really happened.

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In this July 17, 2018, photo provided by Aziz Abdul, the 25-year-old Sudanese refugee Abdul poses at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

When Abdul Aziz reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat in 2013, he had no idea that weeks earlier his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed.

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Watermelons fly in style

What do you do with empty seats on an airline bound for Samoa? Well if you are a Tongan Airline, in this case Real Tonga, you will fill them up with watermelons and make sure you strap them in. On a flight to Samoa last week, pictures posted on social media showed half the plane filled with watermelons.

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Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives for sentencing at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, with her partner Clarke Gayford, holds their newly born baby girl, Neve, at Auckland Hospital on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

New Zealand leader leaves hospital 3 days after giving birth

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants.

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Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. (Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via AP)

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants.

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Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, left, and midwife Libby, no surname given, pose with Ardern's newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital in Auckland. (Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via AP)

After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl. Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Instagram, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford pose with their newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Jacinda Ardern via AP)

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village." She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, addresses Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern said Monday, June 11, 2018 she plans to remain within driving distance of Auckland for the rest of this week as she prepares to give birth. (AP Photo

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in hospital for birth

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived Thursday at the country's largest public hospital as she prepared to give birth to her first child. Her pregnancy has been followed around the world, with many hoping the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

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Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory, center, arrives a surprise ceremony honoring him, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Honolulu. Emory, who served aboard the USS Honolulu during the 1941 attack, is moving back the the mainland and wanted to visit the site where hi

Pearl Harbor survivor says goodbye upon leaving Hawaii

Hundreds of sailors lined ship decks and piers on Tuesday as a Pearl Harbor attack survivor who doggedly pushed the federal bureaucracy to identify the remains of fellow servicemen killed in the bombing visited the storied naval base to say what could be his final goodbyes.

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Britain's Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 9, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia, Fiji

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

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Joyce said Monday, June 4, 2018, that Australia's flag carrier airline was in the process of changing its website to describe Taiwan as a Chinese territory after pressure from Beijing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese

Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed concern at Qantas Airways' decision to describe Taiwan as a Chinese territory after pressure from Beijing.

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Hank Arts, publisher of The Fiji Times, poses for a photo Friday, June 1, 2018, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Fiji prosecutors appeal verdicts in newspaper sedition case

Prosecutors in Fiji are appealing a judge's acquittal of a newspaper publisher and an opinion writer on sedition charges.

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Dan Ripley, left, and his brother Tom Ripley of the Ripley Family Farm check on a Guernsey calf at their facility in Moravia, N.Y.

Got indigestion? These cows could solve your milk problem

Milk got your stomach feeling sour?

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They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday.

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He said he apologized unreservedly to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for his mistake. He said she declined his offer to resign but chose to transfer his oversight of the Civil Aviation Authority to another minister. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

New Zealand minister's wings clipped for phone call on plane

New Zealand's transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he violated rules by making a cellphone call on a plane. Phil Twyford told reporters Thursday he called a staffer on May 17 while on a flight from Wellington to Auckland.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, congratulates Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl as he attends the wedding of Kneissl with with Austrian businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in Gamlitz, southern Austria, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (Roland Schlager/p

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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