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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Australian Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, left, and Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, address reporters at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australia says asylum seekers target New Zealand backdoor

People smugglers are marketing New Zealand as a back door into Australia, an Australian government minister said Monday after Malaysian authorities intercepted a boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center right, tour HMAS Canberra during a visit at the naval base in Sydney, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Brendan Esposito/Pool via AP)

Australian first lady 'flattered' by 'delicious' description

Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first official visit Down Under.

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Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, arrives at court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived Wednesday fo

Australian cardinal faces 2 trials on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning decades, a court heard on Wednesday.

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Australians and New Zealanders on their way to the commemoration event at the Anzac Cove beach in the Gallipoli peninsula, the site of World War I, landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). (Dilara Erdinc/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

Bus on way to ANZAC Day catches fire in Turkey; no one hurt

Turkey's state-run news agency says a bus transporting New Zealanders to ANZAC Day ceremonies commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings caught fire in northwestern Turkey.

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The sun sets as seen from the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the night before Anzac Day commemoration events. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of Turkish battle

Thousands of Australians have gathered at pre-dawn services around the country to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.

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As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP, File)

New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel tells New Zealanders "you can be proud of your PM"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kind words for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a little bit of prompting. Asked Tuesday by Television New Zealand whether she had any advice on coalition governments for Ardern and to assess their first meeting, the four-term chancellor launched into a typically academic answer about the two coalition systems.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand puts brakes on search for oil in bid to go green

Signaling its commitment to a clean energy future, New Zealand's government announced Thursday it won't issue any more permits for offshore oil and gas exploration.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a point during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

New Zealand puts brakes on search for oil in bid to go green

Signaling its commitment to a clean energy future, New Zealand's government announced Thursday it won't issue any more permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. The move won't affect existing permits for exploration or extraction, meaning the industry is likely to continue in the South Pacific nation for several more decades.

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Vanuatu.

Australia and New Zealand warn China against Vanuatu base

Australia and New Zealand warned China on Tuesday against building any military base in the South Pacific, following media reports that the Chinese have proposed a permanent stronghold in Vanuatu. Fairfax Media reported that China had approached the former French colony about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific.

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Fiji Prime Minister and COP President Frank Bainimarama speaks in the U.S. Climate Action Center at the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Fiji damaged by cyclone, PM sees 'frightening' weather ahead

Fiji is entering a "frightening new era" of extreme weather, the leader of the Pacific island nation said Tuesday after flooding from a cyclone killed at least four people. Cyclone Josie struck Fiji on Sunday.

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American Samoans sue for birthright citizenship

American Samoa residents living in Utah filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a second attempt to gain citizenship status for residents of the U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

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In this Monday, March 19, 2018, underwater video image courtesy of Paul Allen shows wreckage from the USS Juneau, a U.S. Navy ship sunk by the Japanese torpedoes 76 years ago.

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreck

The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II.

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Former President of The United States Barack Obama waves as he prepares to board a helicopter in Auckland, New Zealand.

Obama in New Zealand for meetings, golf, but no public talks

Former President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit to New Zealand, where he will speak with community leaders, meet the prime minister and play golf. The sessions will be closed to the public and media except for an official welcome ceremony Thursday. Obama does not plan to answer questions from reporters.

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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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U.S.

File - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether it or the FBI infiltrated his ca

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" this week that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests for such action originated with the Obama administration.

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