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Major earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, but no tsunami risk

A tsunami warning was lifted Sunday after fears were raised following a major earthquake between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes near the Solomon Islands

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Australian immigration spent billions without records, audit shows

Australia's immigration department cannot show a paper trail for payments worth 1.1 billion Australian dollars (820 million US dollars) for contracts related to the offshore detention centres on...

Bees, not snakes or spiders, cause most deaths in Australia

Bees and other insects are the biggest public health threat in Australia when it comes to deadly bites and stings, according to new research.

Search for missing MH370 plane ends after three years

After nearly three years of searching, the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has come to an end without a trace of the plane, officials announced Tuesday.

Abe strengthens military ties with Australia during Asia-Pacific tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Australia on Saturday to meet counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to strengthen military ties and regional security while discussing the Trans Pacific...

Marshall Islands' internet blackout continues as repairs delayed

Residents of the Marshall Islands are going into a fourth week without internet access as repairs of its undersea fibre optic cable have been extended, officials said Friday.

Sydney issues air pollution alert as temperatures soar

An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney as much of city and surrounding areas brace for sweltering summer heat, according to health officials. 

East Timor ends 2006 sea treaty with Australia over oil revenues

East Timor has told Australia that it wants to terminate a 2006 treaty that divides revenue from the lucrative oil and gas reserve in the Timor Sea.

Second woman in a week bitten by wild snake at Australian zoo

A second woman within a week has been bitten by a wild snake at a zoo in the Australian state of Queensland.

Extreme weather events dominated Australia in 2016

Australians weathered unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016 with fierce fires and damaging floods, a government agency said Thursday in its new annual climate report.

7.2 magnitude earthquake near Fiji

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck south of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning.

Europe ready to ring in new year amid heightened security

Europe was gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations on Saturday after Australia kicked off the party with a dazzling fireworks display, with police and event organizers across the globe boosting...

Celeb deaths, terrorism on minds of partygoers as world greets 2017

Celebrations in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region kicked off a night of revelry on Saturday under stringent security as partygoers elsewhere round the globe geared up to ring in the...

Sydney warms up for NYE party with purple firework tribute to Prince

More than a million people around Sydney's harbour foreshore cheered as purple fireworks rained down from the Harbour Bridge to the sounds of Prince's hit Purple Rain Saturday evening.