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New Zealand Immigration Minister to hold refugee talks in Malaysia


New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse left for Malaysia Tuesday to oversee the selection of refugees for resettlement to New Zealand and to speak with United Nations refugee agency officials.

'Weather bomb' hits New Zealand with floods, snow in the summertime


A powerful "weather bomb" has hit New Zealand, cutting off rural towns, flooding major roads and dumping snow on to bare alpine ski fields at what should be the height of the southern hemisphere summer.

Sydney named world's second most expensive city for housing


​The Australian city of Sydney has been named the second most expensive city for housing in the world on Tuesday, only behind Hong Kong.

Australia "won't walk away" from free trade despite TPP blow: government


​Australia will work with the remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations and look to other nations to salvage what it can of the doomed free trade agreement after U.S. President Donald Trump's overnight decision to withdraw from the deal, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said.

Australia police investigate after actor shot dead during filming of hip hop video


Australian police are investigating the death of an actor who suffered chest wounds from firearms used on the set of a music video on Monday, as media said the man was accidentally shot.

Thousands attend Melbourne vigil in memory of victims of car rampage


Thousands of people attended a vigil on Monday in memory of the five victims mown down by a car at Melbourne’s busiest mall last week as police charged the suspected driver with murder.

Melbourne car deaths: Bail laws changed in Victoria state


The Australian state of Victoria has announced changes to its bail laws after five people died when a man drove a car into pedestrians in Melbourne.

OPEC committee agrees on measures to monitor output cuts


​Representatives from five OPEC and non-OPEC countries on Sunday held their inaugural joint meeting in Vienna and agreed measures to monitor output cuts.

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits off Solomon Islands: USGS


A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, just days after the archipelago was hit by another strong earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday.

Australia to launch biggest celebration of Indigenous culture


​Sydney is set to host the 15th annual Yabun festival, meaning "music to a beat," on January 26, Australia's biggest celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.