In this Monday Dec. 11, 2017, photo released by Rocket Lab, Shaun D'Mello, vice president of launch operations, waits on the launch pad as the

New Zealand space launch scrubbed from remote launch site

A space launch was scrubbed Tuesday from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight.

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Members of parliament, from left, Cathy McGowan, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.

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Aupito William Sio.

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples to Help Launch 'Light the World' Christmas Initiative

New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister of Courts and Associate Minister of Justice, Aupito William Sio, will be the guest of honour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today as the Church launches this year’s “Light the World” Christmas initiative in the South Pacific.

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This image provided by Refugee Action Coalition shows police entering the immigration camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea officials remove last refugees from camp

Papua New Guinea authorities said Friday they had relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a closed immigration camp for fear they would face violence in the alternative accommodations.

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USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier arrives in Hong Kong.

US Navy plane with 11 aboard crashes into Pacific; 8 rescued

Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

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 Eteuati Ete

Laughing Samoans Ete’s ugly past revealed

He might have been the charming and funny one half of the popular Laughing Samoans but at home between Ete and his wife Mele Wendt, he wasn’t that funny. Especially when it came to the issue of domestic violence.

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Members of the gay community and their supporters celebrate the result of a postal survey calling for gay marriage right in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Senate debates gays rights in marriage bill

A gay lawmaker on Thursday started the Australian Parliament's debate on legal recognition for same-sex marriage with an emotion speech in which he warned against winding back LGBT rights.

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Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. hits back at World Rugby, likens treatment to ‘Roman Coliseum’

The Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has compared World Rugby’s (W.R.) current gate sharing agreement to the “days of the Roman Coliseum.”

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CHURCH MINISTERS CONCERNED: The Church Ministers whom have queried the passing of the Act proposing that they should have been consulted before-hand and the government should have informed all Church Ministers that would have been likely affected.

Govt. told to use tax wisely

Church Ministers who say the government’s move to explain the ramifications of new tax law governing their income is late have a message for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration.

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CLIMATE TALKS IN BONN: Joyetter Luamanu interviews Fiji’s Prime Minister and President of C.O.P.23, Frank Bainimarama in Bonn, Germany.

‘We’re sinking and we need help,’ Bainimarama tells world leaders

Pacific islands are sinking as a result of climate change and they need help. That’s the message from Fiji’s Prime Minister and the President of the 23rd meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (U.N.F.C.C.C. C.O.P.23), Frank Bainimarama, to world leaders in Bonn, Germany, this week. 

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U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, attend a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Pullout from Pacific Rim trade pact leaves US on sidelines

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a far-reaching Pacific Rim trade pact is having scant impact on fast-growing trade in the region.

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The night of violence resulted in 29 people arrested.

More evidence of Tongans fighting each other

One more shocking video has emerged of Tongans fighting amongst themselves on the streets of Otahuhu after the clash between Toa Samoa and Mate Ma’a last Saturday. The night of violence resulted in 29 people arrested.

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President Donald Trump, left,  shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Tokyo.

Trump says US will arm Japan to knock down Korea missiles

President Donald Trump on Monday refused to rule out eventual military action against North Korea and declared that the United States "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies.

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Delegates make pictures in front of a photo of an island  at the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Fiji calls for urgency in talks to implement climate accord

Fiji's prime minister called for a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming Monday, telling negotiators "we must not fail our people," as he opened two weeks of talks on implementing the Paris accord on combating climate change, which is already affecting his Pacific island nation.

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Sailosi Ramatu looks over the sea at his old village Vunidogoloa in Fiji.

Fiji to highlight Pacific climate plight at German summit

Each time the ocean surged through their coastal Fijian village, residents would use rafts to move from house to house.

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New footage has emerged of a night of shocking violence as Tongan supporters clashed using weapons and brute force following their team’s victory in the much-anticipated league match against Pacific rivals Samoa.

Tongans turn on each other as celebrations turn sour

Victory turned into a vicious onslaught as jubilant Tongans armed with poles turned on each other, felling victims with brutal head butts, the Daily Telegraph reports. New footage has emerged of a night of shocking violence as Tongan supporters clashed using weapons and brute force following their team’s victory in the much-anticipated league match against Pacific rivals Samoa.

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Australia Broadcasting Corporation video taken on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, shows asylum seekers protesting the possible closure of their detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand repeats offer to take Australia camp refugees

New Zealand's prime minister on Friday repeated her country's offer to take up to 150 refugees from an Australian immigration camp in Papua New Guinea, where more than 600 weakened men are continuing a standoff with authorities.

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Jennifer Appel, center, raises her arms from bridge way of the USS Ashland Monday, Oct. 30 at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

Ship with sailors rescued at sea reaches US base in Okinawa

A U.S. Navy ship carrying two sailors it rescued from their storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific docked Monday at an American naval base in Japan.

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PACIFIC GAMES COUNCIL PRESIDENT:  Vidhya Lakhan.

Vanuatu on target with Mini Games

Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan and C.E.O. Andrew Minogue have conducted their final inspection visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu – the host of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games from 4-15 December.

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Jennifer Appel, left, and Tasha Fuiava, who with their dogs were rescued after being lost at sea for several months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, are interviewed aboard the USS Ashland in the South Pacific Ocean.

Sailboat survivors recount doomed Pacific voyage

Trapped on a storm-battered boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for months, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were just about out of food and beginning to believe they were completely out of luck when they finally saw it: a U.S. Navy ship chugging toward them.

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In this early morning Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters working on structure protection, keep a close eye on nearby flames atop Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif.

Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds.

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