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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A passenger on board a flight on which a young boy died has described the heartbreaking moment the child started to panic half an hour into the journey. The woman, who asked not to be named, was travelling with her partner on the Samoa Airways OL732 flight from Auckland to...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister is not backing down from his claim that concerns about the alienation of customary land are "fake news." The Samoa Observer reports Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi took it a step further yesterday, calling those worries "garbage," "stupid" and "fiction". The...
Tulsi Gabbard in a screenshot from video by Star-Advertiser
Honolulu, HAWAII — U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard told CNN Friday that she is running for president in 2020 and will make a formal announcement next week. The Hawaii Democrat disclosed her plans on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” which will air at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii, the network said. Gabbard has made...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — On the last day of 2018, President Trump signed into law the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520), also known as the Modern Fish Act. The bill, which had been stagnant since its introduction in 2017, was pushed through by the efforts of the same coalition...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
Apia, SAMOA — A 14-year-old girl has died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua from typhoid and dengue fever. A representative of the deceased’s family, Leota Faaui Mika Samuelu, confirmed the death and indicated that the doctors advised the family that she died due to typhoid and...
Samoan Consulate in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Ten people were evacuated from the Samoan consulate in Sydney after a suspicious package was delivered to the building. Emergency services arrived at the scene on Scott Street in Liverpool about 10am on Friday after reports that a potentially dangerous package had arrived at the...
[Screenshot from video of Polynesian football player
FOOTBALL MATTERS — “When you look at the special players who’ve come from Polynesia and Polynesian backgrounds, they’ve really impacted the game and made it a better game.” Polynesian athletes are 28 times more likely to play in the NFL. Their culture has had a tremendous impact on the game of...
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Rota, CNMI — It has been revealed in the Northern Marianas that the FBI has seized the phones of the Rota mayor and his girlfriend. According to court documents obtained by the Saipan Tribune, in November the cellular phones of Efraim and Evelyn Atalig and two others were taken in order to obtain...
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Apia, SAMOA — Cholera is suspected in the unexplained deaths of chickens in a flock in Samoa. But the Samoa Observer said the Ministry of Agriculture would not confirm this because of inconclusive tests. A ministry spokesperson said the signs of the illness within the flock were highly consistent...
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PACIFIC OCEAN — Pacific weather forecasters say an expected El Nino weather system in the region has not eventuated and meanwhile below average rainfall predicted for American Samoa. Looking at data from December NIWA's Island Climate Update found that sea surface temperatures have remained above...

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