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MMR vaccine bottles and needle
Apia, SAMOA — A vaccine expert in the Pacific region is urging Samoans to continue with immunisations for their children as they save lives. Earlier this month a pair of one-year old infants died shortly after being given the MMR vaccination at a hospital on Savaii. A post morten has been completed...
Ioapo Toetu
Apia, SAMOA —  A 11-year-old boy who went missing from his family home at Faleasi’u last Wednesday has been found.  The Ministry of Police advised in a recent statement that Ioapo Toetu was found and reunited with his family.  They did not state where the boy was found, but thanked members of the...
Hands of two men exchanging rings
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas island of Saipan is booming as a location for same sex marriages. The Saipan Mayor's Office issued a total of 117 marriage licenses during the first six months of the year, 90 to same-sex couples. While Chinese tourists still continue to lead traveller numbers...
Apia, SAMOA — The general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Vavatau Taufao, says church elders will no longer respond to the government's decision to tax money gifted by church members to church ministers. The secretary's statement follows Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele...
Samoan Congregational Christian Church parishioners
Samoa's prime minister has continued his criticism of the leadership of the country's largest church, as a dispute over income tax grows increasingly heated. On July 1, a new law kicked in which requires church ministers and the head of state to pay income tax. But pastors for the Congregational...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With American Samoa's political status an important issue of discussion, Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale suggests that perhaps such a discussion should also include a look at “independence”  — citing Tuvalu, a very small country in the world but an independent...
Apia, SAMOA — It is the responsibility of all Samoans to ensure young people are protected from internet pornography, the country's telecommunications regulator says. Lefaoali'i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti told the Samoa Observer that she was concerned by the accessibility of internet pornography to...
Ioapo Toetu
Apia, SAMOA — AN 11-year-old boy has been reported missing since last Wednesday by his family at Faleas’iu. Ioapo Toetu was last seen wearing black shorts without a shirt and the matter has been brought to the attention of the police.  The Ministry of Police released a statement last Friday evening...
 Laulus' child
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Two children who died after being immunised in Samoa are suspected to have had a rare life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder. Their parents decided to speak publicly after media reports on their deaths after being given the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (...
Roadblock back in April, 2018
Apia, SAMOA — The Luatuanu’u village council has asked the Government to lift the ban on its people accessing employment opportunities abroad and playing in rugby tournaments. In April this year a fight erupted during a rugby match at Saoluafata between Luatuanu’u and Falefa and this led to the...

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