Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.

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Puerto Rico resident Michelle Flandez caresses her two-month-old son, Inti Perez, diagnosed with microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Zika birth defects in US territories similar to other places

A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic.

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Congresswoman Aumua Amata.

Aumua Amata backs fresh climate talks

Congresswoman Aumua Amata says she can understand the disappointment Pacific Islanders feel about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Pact. 

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inspects a guard of honor upon his arrival at the Indian presidential palace during his ceremonial reception in New Delhi.

Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

A gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base years earlier, police said Tuesday. Three police officers were wounded.

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key waits to address parliament for his valedictory speech in Wellington, New Zealand.

Former New Zealand leader John Key receives knighthood honor

Former Prime Minister John Key and former All Black rugby player Michael Jones received honorary knighthoods Monday for their services to New Zealand.

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This Feb. 16, 2017 photo supplied by Rocket Lab, shows the Electron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often th

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States. That's if the plans of California-based company Rocket Lab work out.

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This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows the drilling site of an earthquake fault near Franz Josef Glazier on the South Island in New Zealand.

New Zealand quake scientists discover surprise: Hot water

When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation.

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Tourists walk through a shopping district in Tamuning, Guam on the day North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test.

Guam residents cast wary eye at North Korea after launch

While most of the United States is still out of reach of a missile launched by North Korea, the U.S. territory of Guam, a key military hub in the Pacific, could be within range.

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Eminem performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

It's a rap: Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand party ends

Turn up the volume, the judge told the lawyers in the Eminem case: "I'm not shy of loud music."

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A tourist films a takahe at Zealandia in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand's ambitious plan to save birds: Kill every rat

New Zealand has set itself an environmental goal so ambitious it's been compared to putting a man on the moon: ridding the entire nation of every last rat, opossum and stoat.

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FS Mistral, a French amphibious assault ship, docks at Naval Base Guam on Thursday, May 11, 2017, near Hagatna, Guam.

US, Japan, France, UK practice amphibious landings on Guam

The U.S., the U.K. and Japan are joining a French-led amphibious exercise at remote U.S. islands in the Pacific over the next week. 

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Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison talks to media as he arrives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years

Australia's government announced Tuesday plans for major infrastructure spending including a new Sydney airport and an inland railway linking two major cities, while sticking to its goal of restoring a budget surplus in three years through higher taxes.

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Vice President Mike Pence, back to camera, greets U.S. service members during a refueling stop in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Monday, April 24, 2017. Pence stopped in American Samoa after leaving Australia en route to Hawaii.

Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove toast during a lunch reception for Australian and U.S. military servicemen and women at Admiralty House in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

Pence said that while the Trump administration had pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it still considered its bilateral trade deal with Australia to be a "model" and a "win-win" for both countries.

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Logs and debris from a week of flooding are collected behind boats moored on the Whakatane River, New Zealand.

New Zealanders evacuated from parts of coast as storm hits

Hundreds of people in New Zealand were evacuated from some coastal areas on Thursday as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane.

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Civil defense authorities advised people in low-lying areas on the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula to evacuate to higher ground.

New Zealanders brace for 2nd major storm in just over a week

New Zealanders on Thursday were bracing for a second major storm in just over a week as the remnants of Cyclone Cook bore down on the South Pacific nation.

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Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa, left, meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Sydney, Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well'

Nauru's president says Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his impoverished Pacific island nation is "working well."

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The disease can be contracted by eating food or drinking water handled by somebody who has the disease, or when contaminated sewage comes into contact with drinking water.

1 dead, 14 sickened in New Zealand typhoid fever outbreak

An outbreak of typhoid fever among a church community in New Zealand has caused one death and left at least 14 other people hospitalized, health authorities said Tuesday.

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In this March 31, 2014 file photo, the shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is seen on low level cloud while the aircraft searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia.

Australian service marks third anniversary of MH370 tragedy

The Australian government minister in charge of the suspended seabed search for the Malaysia Airlines jet joined victims' families and friends on Wednesday in the east coast city of Brisbane for a memorial service to mark the third anniversary of Flight 370's disappearance.

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Papua New Guinea hit by 6.5 earthquake, no tsunami expected

Papua New Guinea was been shaken by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Monday but no destructive tsunami was expected, officials said.

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U.S. Navy, the USS Gerald R. Ford embarks on the first of its sea trials to test various state-of-the-art systems on its own power for the first time from Newport News, Va.

Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

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