Australia extends 'backpacker visas'

More than 200,000 working holiday maker visas were granted in 2017-18

Papua New Guinea police hunt prison escapees

Some 43 convicts broke out of Lakiemata prison last week

Plans for ocean sanctuary in Antarctic blocked

The proposed sanctuary - some five times the size of Germany - would ban fishing in a vast area in the Weddell sea

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes New Zealand

No immediate report of tsunami warning or damage as tremor hits 63km east of New Plymouth

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