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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FILE - In this April 17, 2018, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media in Berlin. Prime Minister Ardern is visiting New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly and has announced a number of high-profile media intervi

Admired abroad, New Zealand leader faces hurdles at home

Last Thursday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the high-profile interviews she'd be doing this week in New York, where she's attending the U.N. General Assembly.

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A home on Kahekili Highway near the Waihee River Bridge, was evacuated after a flash flood breached the property on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2018, in Maui, Hawaii. Maui County says several homes on Maui are being evacuated because of floodwaters fro

Honolulu may evacuate 10,000 as water levels rise in dam

Honolulu officials on Thursday prepared for the possible evacuation of 10,000 people from a residential neighborhood after rains from a tropical storm dangerously elevated water levels in a reservoir.

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Australian filmmaker James Ricketson speaks from a prisoner van outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. The 69-year-old Australian is at the court to hear his verdict Friday on a charge of violating national sec

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying

An Australian filmmaker arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison Friday.

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Chelsea Manning addresses participants at an anti-fracking rally in Baltimore. Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Sema

New Zealand allows Chelsea Manning entry for speaking tour

New Zealand authorities say Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after organizers said she couldn't enter Australia.

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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, walks with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop after a party meeting in Canberra, Australia.

Australia's foreign minister quits after leadership change

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she's quitting following the selection of a new prime minister in an internal party vote. Bishop issued a statement Sunday, saying she'll remain in Parliament. She says, "Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs."

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U.S.

The Camp Fire burns along a ridgetop near Big Bend, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Crews working to contain the blaze overnight faced deteriorating weather conditions according to CalFire as winds picked up and humidity dropped. (AP Photo/Noah Berger

Death toll hits 25 from wildfires at both ends of California

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.

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