Report: China has installed new weapons in South China Sea

New satellite images show China has significantly strengthened its military capabilities on contested islands in the South China Sea, a move that may increase tensions with its neighbours and the US. 

Tsunami threat declared over for Solomon Islands after massive quake

The tsunami threat from Friday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake near the Solomon Islands has passed, says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Protest action marks signing of Pacific trade deal in New Zealand

Thousands of protesters caused traffic chaos in the streets of Auckland on Thursday as trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the United States and Japan, met to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal.