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Ocean between Asia and Australia in the west, the Americas in the east and Antarctica or the Southern Ocean in the south

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Pacific Ocean: Ocean between Asia and Australia in the west, the Americas in the east and Antarctica or the Southern Ocean in the south
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by the continents of Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.

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Briton becomes first woman to reach Earth’s highest and lowest points [Video]

Briton becomes first woman to reach Earth’s highest and lowest points

Credit: Vanessa O'Brien British explorer and mountaineer Vanessa O’Brien has become the first woman to reach the Earth’s highest and lowest points. After reaching the top of Everest in 2012,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published
China to conduct major military exercise in South China Sea: report [Video]

China to conduct major military exercise in South China Sea: report

China's People's Liberation Army Navy plans to conduct a large-scale amphibious assault drill off Hainan Island in August, according to the Japan Times.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:16Published

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Australia redirects foreign aid to help Pacific countries cope with coronavirus

Australia will redirect hundreds of millions in foreign aid funding to help neighbours recover from the fallout of coronavirus.
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Pacific nations stay vigilant against coronavirus in cyclone's aftermath

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Samoa faces coronavirus threat after recovering from deadly measles outbreak

Just a few months ago, the Pacific island nation of Samoa was in the grip of a deadly measles epidemic.
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Pacific nations employ island fortress tactics to combat coronavirus spread

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Child treated for measles in Papua New Guinea, amid fears of Pacific-wide threat

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Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700)..
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Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50

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Samoa measles deaths rise above 50, mostly small children

The death toll from a measles outbreak in Samoa climbed to 53, the government said on Monday, as the number of people infected in the small Pacific nation grows by more than a hundred a day.
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Samoa declares state of emergency as measles spreads across Pacific

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DFAT releases Pacific region climate plan

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has quietly released its climate change strategy which will guide Australia's efforts in Pacific region to 2025.
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Kiribati demands more 'respect' and 'courtesy' after deporting 60 Minutes crew

After deporting an Australian news crew for allegedly not having the right media permits, the small Pacific island nation of Kiribati is demanding more 'respect' and 'courtesy' from larger countries.
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Quake of magnitude 6.4 strikes off Vanuatu: USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said.
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Taiwan says China is an 'authoritarian' threat in the Pacific

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China restores ties with Kiribati, site of space tracking station

China and the Pacific island state of Kiribati restored diplomatic ties on Friday after the former diplomatic ally of Taiwan abandoned Taipei.
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Kiribati says national interest behind cutting Taiwan ties in favor of China

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati acted in its best national interest when it severed ties with Taiwan and re-established diplomatic relations with China, the office of Kiribati's president said on..
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Taiwan says China lures Kiribati with airplanes after losing another ally

China offered airplanes and ferries to lure the Pacific island nation of Kiribati into switching diplomatic relations, Taiwan said on Friday, as the self-ruled island lost another ally to Chinese..
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Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

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Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea, minister says

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister..
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The Great Barrier Reef is set to receive a restocking of new coral in eight months thanks to a pumice raft which is estimated to rival the size of Manhattan.
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In a large church hall near the Samoan parliament, 175-kg (386-lb) judo practitioner Derek Sua is being thrown to the mat by his Japanese coach, a black-belt who is just a third his size.
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U.S. seeks to renew Pacific islands security pact to foil China

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The smallest Pacific island nations are urging the Morrison government to not use carryover credits towards the Paris agreement emissions reduction goal.
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A magnitude 6.8 quake struck south southeast of Raoul Island in South Pacific chain of the Kermadec Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
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Japan's air force said on Monday "spatial disorientation" likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at more than 1,100 kph (683..
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