A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. New Zealand police said Saturday, Dec. 8, that

New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

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The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Australia's prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's tweeted response to the Islamic leaders' request for a postponement of Thursday's meeting adds to friction with the Muslim world sparked by his proposal last month to move the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

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Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji leader sworn in for 4 more years after winning election

Fiji's leader was sworn in for four more years Tuesday after winning an election with a reduced majority, after earlier lashing out at his opponents.

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Security personnel on the back of a truck wait to be paid at Rita Flynn Netball Centre in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.. Opposition lawmaker Bryan Kramer said disgruntled police and prison guards stormed Papua New Guinea’s Parlia

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Disgruntled police, military and prison guards stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament on Tuesday in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific island nation over the weekend, a lawmaker said.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, passes a proclamation to Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, left, as New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Pacific summit ends with no communique as China, US differ

An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the U.S. The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on the role of the World Trade Organization, which governs international trade, officials said. A statement was to be issued instead by the meeting's chair, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

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A seller shows betel nuts at the Koki Buai market at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea's betel high defies control, convention

A ubiquitous sight in Papua New Guinea's capital is men, women and children chewing betel nut combined with slaked lime and mustard bean, turning lips, teeth and tongue a dark red, and producing a mild high.

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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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U.S.

A new locomotive numbered 4141 in honor of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, is unveiled at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Bushes depart on first presidential funeral train since 1969

The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.

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