The Royal Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide crueses alongside landing crafts with Philippine Marines and Australian troops as they conduct a joint Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise off Subic Bay in northwestern Philippines Sunday, Oct. 15,

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts.

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Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne, left, speaks as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop listens during their press conference at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

Australia's foreign minister visits tense Korean border

Australia's top diplomat visited the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas on Thursday and said her government hopes there will be no need for military action against North Korea over its weapons programs.

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N.Z. Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, N.Z. Prime Minister Bill English and N.Z. First leader Winston Peters.

Decision on New Zealand leader delayed by at least 2 days

New Zealanders must wait at least two more days before finding out who will lead their country after a small political party on Thursday delayed making a decision. The main conservative and liberal parties are competing to form a government after an election last month ended inconclusively.

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Cardinal George Pell, center, is escorted by police as he leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

Australian delegation travels to Rome amid sex abuse scandal

Leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have traveled to Rome to discuss "the restoration of trust" amid a sex abuse scandal involving Australian cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to the pope, the Vatican said Saturday.

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Christina Taefu, Careerforce’s 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year.

A Pacific Perspective: Careerforce chats to Christina Taefu, our 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year

A Pacific Perspective: Careerforce’s 2017 Pasifika Trainee of the Year Christina Taefu shares her thoughts on workplace training challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s Pacific Communities.

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Gov. Eddie Calvo holds a press conference at Adelup on Aug. 9 to brief the media and public on the latest threat of a missile strike from North Korea.

Guam governor asks Defense Department to stop construction

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has called for the U.S. Department of Defense to halt military construction projects on the island until the shortage of foreign labor is remedied.

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This Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 photo provided by the New Zealand Defense Force, shows huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of an erupting volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.

Vanuatu orders evacuation of island with rumbling volcano

Vanuatu officials on Thursday ordered the complete evacuation of an island in the Pacific archipelago where a rumbling, belching volcano is threatening to blow. Boats were soon to begin ferrying residents off Ambae island, which is home to about 11,000 people, in a process expected to take about a week.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

Australia announced on Monday it will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agency would be part of Australia's development of an innovation and science economy.

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Passengers board an Air New Zealand flight at Christchurch Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Repairs to New Zealand pipeline ease airport fuel shortage

The main pipeline that delivers jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport was operational again Sunday after a rupture was repaired. That should soon end a 10-day fuel shortage that has caused about 140 flights to be cancelled and disrupted the plans of thousands of travelers.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English talks to hundreds of supporters after election results are announced on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand PM wins most votes but needs help to form gov't

Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the most votes in New Zealand's general election on Saturday but not enough to form a government without help from other political parties.

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New Zealand Refinery staff work at the site of a jet fuel pipeline leak on a farm near Ruakaka in the North Island of New Zealand.

Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through week

 A rupture in the main pipeline carrying jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people and is expected to cause further flight cancellations and delays into next week.

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Gay rights advocates Independent Australian Federal Member of Parliament Andrew Wilkie, left, and director of Rainbow Families Victoria, Felicity Marlowe, right, leave the High Court in Melbourne on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey

Australia's highest court cleared the way Thursday for the government to conduct a public survey on whether gay marriage should be legalized.

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This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea.

NKorea leader urges more missile launches targeting Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam, state media said Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

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King Tupou VI.

Tonga's king dissolves parliament and orders new elections

The king of the small Pacific nation of Tonga on Friday took the extraordinary step of dissolving the nation's parliament and ordering new elections. Although the government was facing difficulties, the action took many Tongans by surprise. 

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Youth Worker an everyday hero

When you’ve had trouble with the Police and your school or family life seems to be falling apart, it can be hard to stay focused and on track.

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Esther Tofilau-Tevaga, Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

Māori Party Housing Strategy brings HOPE for Pasefika Aiga to Own a Home. A Pasefika Perspective

‘Pasefika and Māori aiga and whānau have the lowest rates of home ownership; the highest rates of homelessness; and the highest rates of poverty’... according to Esther Tofilau- Tevaga, Māori Party Candidate for Mangere.

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In this Aug. 3, 2017 photo, Willie Bessi Davis, left, Dale W. Ross and his cousin Peggy Ross Freitas pose at the site on Guadalcanal, where Willie found the dog tags of Army Pfc.

Dog tags, possible remains of WWII soldier found on island

A New York military aviation researcher got more than she bargained for on a dream trip to a battle-scarred South Pacific island — the chance to help solve the mystery of an American soldier listed as missing in action from World War II.

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Visitors sit on a tour bus in Tumon, Guam Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children.

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University of Guam professor found guilty of sexual conduct

A University of Guam professor was convicted of one count of criminal sexual conduct after several female students said he touched them inappropriately at a beach.

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Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.

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President Donald Trump waves after signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

Trump's 'Obamacare' move jolts health care, political worlds

President Donald Trump's abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America's health care and political worlds alike, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred "Obamacare."

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