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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This image made from a video, shows parliament house damaged by Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa, Tonga Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next

The Pacific nation of Tonga began cleaning up damage Tuesday from a cyclone that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita in Tonga.

Tonga wakes up to Cyclone Gita destruction

The people of Tonga are coming to terms with the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight. Winds of over 233km/h ripped roofs off houses, brought down trees, destroyed a Catholic church, Radio New Zealand reports. Tonga’s emergency services say they are struggling to get out and assess the damage after Tropical Cyclone Gita left a trail of destruction overnight.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita in Tonga.

Pacific nation of Tonga wakes up to Cyclone Gita destruction

The people of Tonga are coming to terms with the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight.

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THAT WEDDING: Christine Tupu and Hekeai Piutau during their Samoan wedding.

Samoan woman defrauds employers, flies family and friends to Samoa for wedding

A Samoan woman flew 31 of her friends and relatives for an extravagant wedding in Samoa, paid for by monies she siphoned from two of her former employees. Christine Tupu, 26, pleaded guilty last year to stealing A$341,000 ($647,000) from her employers Electrolux and Toll, by telling people the bank account details for payment had changed and giving them her and her husband’s personal account details.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardern announced on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 that she expecting her first child in June. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand prime minister announces she's pregnant

New Zealand's prime minister announced on Friday that she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, took office in October. Speculation swirled around whether she would start a family soon when she took over the leadership of her then opposition Labour Party last year.

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Pacific countries including Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa were

China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without delivering benefits.

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THE SAMOAN SIKH: Constable Heber Gasu on the video.

Use of Samoan to represent Sikh community in recruitment video backfires

The New Zealand Police has come under fire and have been found to have "violated tradition" when they featured a non-Sikh officer in a badly-wrapped turban in a popular recruitment video, a Sikh community leader says.

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A damaged vehicle is seen at the scene of an incident on Flinders Street, in Melbourne, Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Driver plows car into Melbourne crowd; no known terror ties

The driver of an SUV that rammed into a crowd in central Melbourne on Thursday, injuring 19 people, is an Australian citizen of Afghan descent with a history of drug use and mental illness but no known links to terrorism, police said.

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In this Monday Dec. 11, 2017, photo released by Rocket Lab, Shaun D'Mello, vice president of launch operations, waits on the launch pad as the

New Zealand space launch scrubbed from remote launch site

A space launch was scrubbed Tuesday from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight.

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Members of parliament, from left, Cathy McGowan, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.

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Aupito William Sio.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples to Help Launch 'Light the World' Christmas Initiative

New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister of Courts and Associate Minister of Justice, Aupito William Sio, will be the guest of honour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today as the Church launches this year’s “Light the World” Christmas initiative in the South Pacific.

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This image provided by Refugee Action Coalition shows police entering the immigration camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea officials remove last refugees from camp

Papua New Guinea authorities said Friday they had relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a closed immigration camp for fear they would face violence in the alternative accommodations.

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USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier arrives in Hong Kong.

US Navy plane with 11 aboard crashes into Pacific; 8 rescued

Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

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 Eteuati Ete

Laughing Samoans Ete’s ugly past revealed

He might have been the charming and funny one half of the popular Laughing Samoans but at home between Ete and his wife Mele Wendt, he wasn’t that funny. Especially when it came to the issue of domestic violence.

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Members of the gay community and their supporters celebrate the result of a postal survey calling for gay marriage right in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Senate debates gays rights in marriage bill

A gay lawmaker on Thursday started the Australian Parliament's debate on legal recognition for same-sex marriage with an emotion speech in which he warned against winding back LGBT rights.

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Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. hits back at World Rugby, likens treatment to ‘Roman Coliseum’

The Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has compared World Rugby’s (W.R.) current gate sharing agreement to the “days of the Roman Coliseum.”

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CHURCH MINISTERS CONCERNED: The Church Ministers whom have queried the passing of the Act proposing that they should have been consulted before-hand and the government should have informed all Church Ministers that would have been likely affected.

Govt. told to use tax wisely

Church Ministers who say the government’s move to explain the ramifications of new tax law governing their income is late have a message for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration.

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Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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