FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2010 photo, flames burn from a ventilation shaft above the Pike River mine which fatally trapped 29 miners, in Greymouth, New Zealand.

New Zealand crews to re-enter mine 8 years after 29 killed

Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand's government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.

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Fiji's Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji's leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win

The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years.

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Security officials stand outside a perimeter fence for a secured area ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

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FijiFirst poster with the image of Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is displayed at the entrance to a village in Nausori, Fiji.

Rain closes some polling venues as Fiji elects new leader

Heavy rainfall was affecting some voting in Fiji's general election Wednesday, as two men who led different military coups battled for control of the island nation. 

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In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, workers sort and pack strawberries at the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm in Chambers Flat, Queensland, Australia. A former strawberry farm worker appeared in an Australian court on Monday charged with planting sewing needl

Farm supervisor charged in Australia strawberry tampering

A former strawberry farm supervisor was accused in court Monday of retaliating over a workplace grievance by putting needles into the fruit, sparking recalls that devastated the Australian industry.

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A man casts his vote at a polling station in Noumea, New Caledonia, as part of an independence referendum, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Voters in New Caledonia are deciding whether the French territory in the South Pacific should break free from the European cou

Voters in Pacific territory choose to keep ties with France

A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, a watershed moment that led French President Emmanuel Macron to promise a full dialogue on the archipelago's future.

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Australia's former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his speech during the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

Australia's ex-PM warns Jerusalem move would worry Indonesia

A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout at the Viaduct in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day 15 of their 16-day tour of Australia and the So

New Zealanders turn out to see royals despite rain and wind

Rain, wind and a distant earthquake didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of New Zealanders who turned out to see Prince Harry and wife Meghan on Tuesday.

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Strong but deep quake rattles New Zealand's North Island

A strong but deep earthquake has struck New Zealand's North Island, causing the nation's parliament to be briefly suspended as a precaution. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The magnitude 6.1 quake struck Tuesday afternoon about 77 kilometers (48 miles) northeast of the town of New Plymouth. 

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day 13 of their 16-day tour of Austral

Duchess Meghan praises New Zealand on women's voting victory

The Duchess of Sussex on Sunday congratulated New Zealand on becoming the first country in the world to allow women to vote 125 years ago, and said that effort had paved the way for others around the world. 

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The wind whips up as Britain's Prince Harry, left, and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are farewelled at the airport following the Invictus Games in Sydney, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan are traveling to New Zealand to continue t

Royals Harry and Meghan to visit New Zealand on 4-day tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to arrive in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon for the final stop of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive in Nuku'alofa,Tonga, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day 10 of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing.

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Britain's Prince Harry meets with students during a visit to the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

Meghan rushed through Fiji market filled with royal-watchers

The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space. Meghan chatted with one vendor and briefly greeted others at Suva Market, where throngs of people spilled into surrounding streets. 

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on their arrival in Suva, Fiji, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day eight of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,Pool)

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in hot Fiji for 3-day visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific. School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, delivers a formal apology to Australia's victims of child sex abuse in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra.

PM formally apologizes to Australian child sex abuse victims

Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a formal apology Monday to Australia's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful journey and its failure to protect them.

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess Sussex attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their family and friends in the city's central parkland in Sydney.

Meghan's schedule in Australia cut back after hectic start

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they receive gifts from by Australia's Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife

Prince Harry and Meghan start Aussie tour with baby gifts

A beaming Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled thousands of fans outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday during their first meeting with the general public since the former Meghan Markle's newly announced pregnancy.

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A ship rests near houses after it was swept ashore during Friday's tsunami at a neighborhood in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Friday, Sept. 28, generating the tsunami said to hav

Australia sends 50 medical professionals and $3.6M in aid

Australia's government says it will send more than 50 medical professionals to Indonesia to help with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami as part of a 5 million Australian dollar ($3.6 million) aid package.

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018, file photo, local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Airline now says 1 missing after Pacific lagoon plane crash

The airline operating a flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia on Friday now says one man is missing, after earlier saying all 47 passengers and crew had safely evacuated the sinking plane.

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The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island, according to the airline. (Blue Flag via AP)

Everybody on plane survives crash-landing in Pacific lagoon

All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of a plane Friday morning in a Pacific lagoon. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, according to the airline.

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U.S.

A picture of Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. is displayed during a news conference in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Homeless Samaritan tale raised $400K. Police say it's a lie

A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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