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Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll
Kwajalein Atoll, CNMI — A fisherman on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands got more than he bargained for when he pulled in his throw net last week. It contained 48 Kg of plastic bags containing what is believed to be cocaine. The haul of white powder was in professionally double-wrapped and...
Loau Keneti Sio
Apia, SAMOA — Sex Education will not be an option for the education curriculum in Samoa.  That’s the response from the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, to calls by members of the public to include sex education in the secondary schools curriculum. “That is absurd,” the...
Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his family.
Apia, SAMOA — Three men in Samoa have been arrested and charged over the death of a civil engineer. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili, 24, was employed by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure. He died in hospital on Wednesday after an incident outside an Apia night club in the early hours...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa have warned people not to post threatening statements after a man died following an alleged beating. Civil engineer Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili was attacked on Saturday and died on Wednesday. Police said no arrests had been made but investigations were continuing. They...
This black and white photo from the 1950s shows the entrance into the main shaft of the Falemauga Caves on Upolu island in Samoa.
Falemauga Caves, SAMOA — Among the most striking natural wonders are the Falemauga Caves in Samoa. These caves are not just natural wonders, they’re important archaeological sites that have provided unprecedented insights into Polynesian prehistory. The cave complex appears to have played an...
ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — All ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are to meet today to discuss their next step in a tax boycott. They have been summoned by the Elders Committee to decide what action to take after the apparent failure of their boycott of a new government tax on church...
meningococcal vaccine
Apia, SAMOA  — A meningococcal alert has been issued by the Samoan government. Talamua Online reported Health Minister Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama said doctors had been instructed to take notice of children with fever because it is the first symptom of the potentially deadly disease which could be...
Frozen albacore tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII — Limiting the quantity of albacore taken from the Pacific is a key focus of next week's Tuna Commission meeting, the Worldwide Fund for Nature says. The Commission, officially called the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, meets in Honolulu. The fund's tuna programme...
Pictured l-r: Miss Cook Islands, Lydia Simonis; Miss Tuvalu Emeli Pelesa Panapa; Miss Pacific Islands 2017-2018 Matau'aina Gwendolyn Toomalatai; newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2018-2019 Miss Papua New Guinea Leishina Mercy Kariha; Miss Tonga Kalolaine Talia Fanganitau; Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson; and Miss Samoa Sonia Piva.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Winner of the 2018-2019 Miss Pacific Islands title is Miss Papua New Guinea (center). The official announcement was made during the second and final night of competition in the Kingdom of Tonga on Friday, Nov. 30 (Tonga Time). At 18-year-old, Leishina Mercy Kariha, was the...
Courthouse in Apia Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The lawyer representing murder suspect Kolani Junior Lam has argued his client should be given bail as the Police only have “circumstantial evidence”. Appearing in the Supreme Court last Thursday before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, defense lawyer...

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