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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019, file photo, actor Zac Efron poses for photographers upon arrival at a premiere in London. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Efron said he has has “bounced back” after an illness while filming a show in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Efron: 'I bounced back' from illness in Papua New Guinea

Dec. 29, 2019 9:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zac Efron said he has has “bounced back” after an illness while filming a show in Papua New Guinea. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, the 32-year-old “High School Musical” actor addressed recent media reports that he had been rushed to the...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand.  The refugee who wrote an award-winning book while being held in detention has overstayed his visa in New Zealand, according to at least one official and the man's lawyer, in a move that could fuel diplomatic tensions with Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Refugee's overstay in New Zealand could fuel Aussie tensions

Dec. 19, 2019 3:53 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A refugee who wrote an award-winning book while being held in detention has overstayed his visa in New Zealand, according to at least one official and the man's lawyer, in a move that could fuel diplomatic tensions with Australia. Behrouz Boochani traveled from Papua New...

In this photo provided by the U.N. in Papua New Guinea, members of the Bougainville Women's Federation cheer after results were announced in an independence referendum, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Buka, Papua New Guinea. The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world's newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. (Serahphina Aupong/U.N. in PNG via AP)

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

Dec. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea, results showed Wednesday. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern was cheered when he announced that more than...

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea in nonbinding referendum

Dec. 10, 2019 11:21 PM EST
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea in nonbinding referendum.

Vote counting starts in Bougainville independence ballot

Dec. 10, 2019 5:29 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ballot counting started in the South Pacific region of Bougainville on Tuesday in a referendum on whether the islanders want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern launched...

In this Nov. 29, 2019, photo, the Upe members wait to vote in the Bougainville referendum in Teau, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. All across the Pacific region of Bougainville, people have been voting in a historic referendum to decide if they want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. (Jeremy Miller, Bougainville Referendum Commission via AP)

Regular voting ends as Bougainville considers independence

Dec. 3, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — They voted in highland villages and on remote atolls. Even 15 youth who live in the jungle and wear bright Upe hats as they undergo traditional training to become men had the chance to vote. All across the Pacific region of Bougainville, people have voted in a historic...