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Landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies is released

The final version of a deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday.


Mysterious white sea blob floating in Pacific baffles science boffins

A BIZARRE white floating mass found in the Pacific ocean has left boffins scratching their heads.


Final version of mega Pacific trade deal dumps rules the US wanted

The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in Asia was released.

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Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signaling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star mem


Australia helps Indian Ocean neighbors enhance rescue skills

Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since the Malaysian airliner vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations.


US Navy rescues 3 fishermen adrift in Pacific for 8 days

The U.S. Navy says it has rescued three fishermen who were adrift on a boat in the Pacific Ocean for eight days.


Former cyclone Gita traverses New Zealand, batters South Island

(Reuters) - At least 5,000 people in New Zealand's South Island were cut off by massive landslips and hundreds of tourists stranded on Wednesday after former cyclone Gita whipped through the country, sparking a state of emergency in several southern towns


Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia.


Parts of New Zealand flood as remnants of Cyclone Gita hit

Parts of New Zealand have declared an emergency as a powerful storm hits, causing flooding and forcing some people to evacuate their homes.


Ducks top Golden Knights 2-0 for 4th win in 5 road games

Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 in their Pacific Division showdown        


Air New Zealand warns of flight disruptions as Cyclone Gita bears down

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Air New Zealand warned on Monday flights in and out of New Zealand faced major disruptions this week due to Cyclone Gita, set to hit the country on Tuesday, and encouraged passengers to defer traveling.


Entire family kicked off 'cruise from hell' in Australia after mass brawl

An entire family were removed from a ten-day cruise in the South Pacific after a mass brawl and accusations of repeated intimidating behaviour towards other passengers.


Golf: Inconsistent Woods five back of clubhouse lead at Riviera

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods finished five shots back of clubhouse leader Tom Hoge after mostly struggling off the tee in the first round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California on Thursday.

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Trump's Australia envoy pick slams China

China is seeking to "undermine" the international order in the Asia Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, US President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to Australia, said in Washington on Wednesday.


Australian government ministers banned from sex with staff

Australia's prime minister has banned government ministers from having sex with staff as his deputy battles for his political survival over revelations that he is expecting a baby with a former press secretary.


Parliament rejects call for firing of Australia's deputy PM

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has withstood a parliamentary vote that would have called for his firing after revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.

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US ignores China 'at our peril' and lags on missile tech, Pacific commander warns

A warning that the U.S. has fallen so far behind in missile tech compared with China, it may not be able to win a future war against Beijing.


Earthquake fears as giant Pacific ‘ring of fire’ threatens to devastate parts of Asia and the US after burst of tremors and seismic activity

A FLURRY of recent seismic activity across the so-called Ring of Fire has renewed fears a massive tremor could hit. Earthquakes have struck Alaska, Japan, and Taiwan in recent months, while a volcano in the Philippines recently erupted. The Ring of Fire c


Australian cardinal blames inquiry for sex allegations

Lawyers for the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges have told an Australian court that the allegations stemmed from publicity surrounding a national inquiry into child abuse three years ago.


Massive earthquake 'could devastate parts of Asia and America' after flurry of tremors hit Earth's Pacific plates

Quakes have hit near Japan, Guam, Taiwan and Alaska along the so-called 'Ring of Fire' - the name given to a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity that run around the Pacific Ocean


United Airlines passenger jet's engine cover rips apart over Pacific Ocean

'Scariest flight of my life,' says one passenger after part of airliner falls off in mid-air


Australian deputy prime minister under pressure to resign

Australia's deputy prime minister was under mounting pressure Wednesday to resign as his party's leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.


Cyclone hits southern Fiji islands, damage uncertain

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Fijian authorities were working to establish contact with some remote southern islands on Wednesday after powerful Cyclone Gita took down communications, though the Pacific Island nation's most populated centers avoided serious dama

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Tropical cyclone Gita latest – is it a hurricane, where is the storm now and how will it affect UK weather?

CYCLONE Gita has battered parts of Tonga and is now intensifying as it howls towards Fiji. Winds exceeding 124 mph were recorded as the super storm made landfall in the Pacific. Where is the storm now? On February 13, Cyclone Gita was intensifying as it


Israel arrests woman wanted in Australia for sex crimes

Israeli police has arrested a woman wanted in Australia for suspected sexual crimes.

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