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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FILE -This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.

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New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson discusses his budget plan in Wellington.

New Zealand to spend billions on fixing hospitals, schools

New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and schools and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip.

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In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Fiji Times newspaper editor Fred Wesley stands in the newsroom in Suva, Fiji.

Fiji 4 await verdict in case that tests press freedoms

An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge's verdict Friday on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.

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Rugby test match between Japan and Romania at Egao Kenko Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan.

Romania disqualified from Rugby World Cup, Russia promoted

Romania was disqualified from the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday after fielding ineligible players in qualifying. Russia took its place.

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FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Chinese president Xi Jinping, right, speaks during a bilateral meeting with then New Zealand's Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo/AP

New Zealand to boost Pacific aid as China's influence grows

New Zealand announced Tuesday that it plans to significantly boost the amount of aid money it spends in the South Pacific, at a time that international concern is rising about China's growing influence in the region. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said the government plans to spend an extra 714 million New Zealand dollars ($500 million) over four years in international aid, with most of it directed at the Pacific.

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104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall sits in a wheelchair beside Carol O'Neil, an Australian nurse who has been caring for Goodall and who is a volunteer with the nonprofit, right-to-die group Exit International, in Basel.

104-year-old Australian promotes right to assisted suicide

A 104-year-old British-born Australian scientist who is planning to kill himself on Thursday says he doesn't think the drugs used for assisted suicide should be available to just anyone, but that doctors should be able to prescribe them.

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

Trump corrects his quote, says misspoke on Russian meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

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