New Zealand lawmaker says good chance of Pacific trade deal

New Zealand's trade minister says he believes there's an odds-on chance that a group of 11 Pacific nations including Japan and Australia will sign a free-trade deal, despite the U.S. pulling out.

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South Korean leader says he's confident war will be averted; others not sure

South Korean President Moon Jae-in marked his first 100 days in office Thursday by issuing a statement that very likely pleased his nation’s 50 million inhabitants.

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Australian court: Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea is legal

Australia's highest court has ruled that the country's policy of sending asylum seekers to migrant camps in Papua New Guinea is valid.

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1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations said Thursday, a grim milestone for what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

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Saudi Arabia to allow Qatari pilgrims at hajj despite rift

Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to let pilgrims attend the hajj, marking a breakthrough in a monthslong rift between the two Gulf countries.

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