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Deadly riots, China's expanding ties to the Pacific and a no confidence vote loom large ahead of historic speech

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has arrived in Canberra ahead of a historic address at Parliament House, but a political storm is continuing to brew at home in Port Moresby.

analysis:As Silver Ferns results slip, should Netball New Zealand reconsider its Super Netball ban?

After New Zealand's struggles at another international netball tournament, former Silver Ferns star and new Giants recruit Sam Winders gives her thoughts on the team's strict fitness standards and ineligibility relating to the Super Netball league.
Sam Winders passes the ball to a teammate as she stands beside Diamonds captain Liz Watson

Ukrainian-born Miss Japan gives up her title after magazine reveals affair with a married man

The Ukrainian-born winner of this year's Miss Japan beauty pageant says she has renounced her title after a magazine published an article about her affair with a married man.
Karolina Shiino poses for photos with a gold Miss Japan trophy.

Fiji's former PM Frank Bainimarama to spend night behind bars after abuse of office charge

Fiji's former prime minister Frank Bainimarama will spend the night in police custody after being charged with abuse of office.

analysis:Beijing edits Yang Hengjun's online record in a hint of what might lie ahead

Yesterday, China sentenced Yang Hengjun to death. But a minor tweak in a press conference transcript from years ago sheds light on a potential reprieve, writes Bang Xiao.
A screenshot with a red box highlighting some Chinese characters that were changed in a transcript of a press conference.

'They have no business with that treaty': Māori protesters clash with NZ prime minister in Waitangi

This year's Waitangi Day is bigger than any of the past 30 years, as Māori from all over Aotearoa unite against a controversial government bill that could change the Treaty of Waitangi.
A man and woman embrace with a Māori hongi, nose to nose, while a child sleeps on the woman's shoulder

Malaysians outraged by halved jail sentence for disgraced former PM Najib

For many Malaysians, the reduced punishment for disgraced former leader Najib Razak is seen as the ultimate betrayal, with authorities appearing to go soft on a corrupt 70-year-old whose ill-gotten gains once helped fund a Hollywood movie.
Najib Razak leaves KL court house

Dutton makes personal appeal to Xi to reconsider Yang Hengjun's sentence

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton urges Chinese President Xi Jinping to reconsider the suspended death sentence handed to Australian man Yang Hengjun as the government and opposition move in lock step.
A man in a black shirt sits beside water while a woman in a blue shirt puts her arms around his neck.

Sea sponge study suggests Earth has already surpassed 1.5C of warming

An analysis of sea sponge skeletons from the Caribbean suggests Earth has already hit 1.7 degrees and could be 2C warmer than before industrialisation in the next six years, but not all scientists are convinced.
A two frame image, showing an orange rock-like sponge close-up and two old men holding the same sponges

South Korean court acquits Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong of financial crimes

The Seoul Central District Court said the prosecution failed to provide enough evidence that the 2015 merger was unlawfully conducted.
A man with glasses wearing a suit.