This file image made from video provided Feb. 28, 2018, show the damaged building following an earthquake in Mendi, Papua New Guinea.

Death toll from Feb. 26 Papua New Guinea quake rises to 125

Papua New Guinea police said Wednesday that an earthquake last month killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

President Trump OKs disaster declaration in American Samoa

President Donald Trump has ordered federal assistance for American Samoa in the wake of damage caused by tropical storm Gita last month. The White House announced Friday that Trump approved the disaster declaration for the U.S. territory in order to free up funding.

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A man views a house that collapsed in a strong earthquake, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Halagoli, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea. Severe damage after Monday's powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea is hindering efforts to assess the destruct

Papua New Guinea quake killed at least 15, governor says

A powerful earthquake two days ago killed at least 15 people, injured dozens and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields in a remote Papua New Guinea region, the local governor said Wednesday.

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Simon Bridges holds a press conference in Wellington.

New Zealand political party turns to indigenous Maori leader

Lawmakers from New Zealand's main conservative party on Tuesday chose their first indigenous Maori leader as they regrouped after an election loss.

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Local officials inspect the damage to a mosque following monday's powerful earthquake in neighboring Papua New Guinea.

Severe damage in Papua New Guinea hinders quake assessment

Severe damage to phone networks and roads from a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea was hindering efforts to assess the extent of the destruction Tuesday, although officials in the remote central region fear dozens of people may have been injured or killed.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks to reporters in Tamworth, Australia.

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister resigned from the Cabinet on Friday over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from Parliament. By staying in Parliament, Barnaby Joyce ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives is maintained.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Uili Papali’i.

Young Papali’i makes New Zealand Prime Minister “hopeful”

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has paid tribute to a young Samoan Kiwi who has been recognised for his generosity in helping out a homeless man in South Auckland last year. Prime Minister Ardern attended the Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards as the guest of Uili Papali’i. 

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, image made from video, flood waters from a strong storm surround a vehicle in Nelson, New Zealand.

Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm

Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country. The 1,000 tourists and 5,000 locals in Takaka are not entirely trapped, but would have to use a boat, helicopter or small plane to leave town now or wait a week or more before the road is cleared and repaired.

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The winds have weakened as the storm has arced through the Pacific, but the weather is still causing disruptions in New Zealand.

Parts of New Zealand flood as remnants of Cyclone Gita hit

Parts of New Zealand declared an emergency Tuesday as a powerful storm hit, causing flooding and forcing some people to evacuate their homes. The storm system is the remnants of Cyclone Gita, which last week ripped through the Pacific nation of Tonga, destroying homes, churches and the historic Parliament House.

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IN MENA: New Zealand P.M. Jacinda Ardern in her MENA outfit during the Pride Parade. Photo: Radio New Zealand International.

New Zealand Prime Minister rocks MENA outfit at Pride Parade

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern created history on Sunday when she became the first Prime Minister to walk in the Auckland Pride Parade.

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This image made from a video, shows a house damaged by Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa, Tonga Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More details emerged Wednesday about the damage caused by Cyclone Gita after it hit the main island Monday night just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa. The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House.

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Former Prime Minister Bill English.

New Zealand lawmaker Bill English quits after election loss

New Zealand's opposition leader Bill English said Tuesday he would leave Parliament after losing last year's election. The former prime minister told reporters he was resigning as leader of the conservative National Party and leaving Parliament later this month.

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This image made from a video, shows parliament house damaged by Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa, Tonga Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Cyclone destroys Parliament House, homes on Tonga, Fiji next

The Pacific nation of Tonga began cleaning up damage Tuesday from a cyclone that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita in Tonga.

Tonga wakes up to Cyclone Gita destruction

The people of Tonga are coming to terms with the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight. Winds of over 233km/h ripped roofs off houses, brought down trees, destroyed a Catholic church, Radio New Zealand reports. Tonga’s emergency services say they are struggling to get out and assess the damage after Tropical Cyclone Gita left a trail of destruction overnight.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita in Tonga.

Pacific nation of Tonga wakes up to Cyclone Gita destruction

The people of Tonga are coming to terms with the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight.

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THAT WEDDING: Christine Tupu and Hekeai Piutau during their Samoan wedding.

Samoan woman defrauds employers, flies family and friends to Samoa for wedding

A Samoan woman flew 31 of her friends and relatives for an extravagant wedding in Samoa, paid for by monies she siphoned from two of her former employees. Christine Tupu, 26, pleaded guilty last year to stealing A$341,000 ($647,000) from her employers Electrolux and Toll, by telling people the bank account details for payment had changed and giving them her and her husband’s personal account details.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardern announced on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 that she expecting her first child in June. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand prime minister announces she's pregnant

New Zealand's prime minister announced on Friday that she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, took office in October. Speculation swirled around whether she would start a family soon when she took over the leadership of her then opposition Labour Party last year.

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Pacific countries including Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa were

China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without delivering benefits.

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THE SAMOAN SIKH: Constable Heber Gasu on the video.

Use of Samoan to represent Sikh community in recruitment video backfires

The New Zealand Police has come under fire and have been found to have "violated tradition" when they featured a non-Sikh officer in a badly-wrapped turban in a popular recruitment video, a Sikh community leader says.

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A damaged vehicle is seen at the scene of an incident on Flinders Street, in Melbourne, Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Driver plows car into Melbourne crowd; no known terror ties

The driver of an SUV that rammed into a crowd in central Melbourne on Thursday, injuring 19 people, is an Australian citizen of Afghan descent with a history of drug use and mental illness but no known links to terrorism, police said.

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump listens.

Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday.

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