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Dr Frances Koya-Vaka'uta from
Suva, FIJI — There is a "lingering fear that the strings attached to development aid" may expose the region to exploitation, an expert in Pacific arts and culture says. The director of the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, said there was a power imbalance...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police say an alleged conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, involved money changing hands between plotters. The revelation comes as they broaden their investigations outside of Samoa.  Police are examining at least one financial transfer...
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u and her husband King Tupou VI
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tongan police are considering laying treason charges against people insulting the royal family on Facebook, says the kingdom's attorney general. It comes as the government mulls blocking the social media platform because of escalating tensions between pro-democracy groups and...
Photo of The Manhattan Project Beer Company building and sign
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The Marshall Islands Nuclear Commission has slammed an American craft beer company behind a Bikini Atoll-themed brew. The commission says the Manhattan Project Beer Company didn't ask Bikinians if it could "make money off the use of their homelands". The brewer released a...
Stalks of bananas
Apia, SAMOA— Unpredictable weather in Samoa has dealt a blow to the export of bananas to New Zealand. The country's largest commercial banana operation, Ah Liki Farms, had 30 percent of its crops deemed ready for export decimated by strong winds in July. According to the Samoa Observer, the crop...
Commission on Decolonization Executive Director Melvin Won Pat-Borja
Hagåtña, GUAM — Distinguished experts from around the Pacific and Caribbean will be on Guam next month for a conference that will focus on decolonization and human rights. The special international conference, “Fanhita: Our Continuing Quests for Decolonization,” will bring together a wide array of...
Miss Samoa Melbourne Latisha Sialaoa with her proud parents, Fono and Sialaoa
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — She may be fresh out of High School but 18-year-old Latisha Sialaoa possesses a maturity far beyond her years.Crowned the new Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia Incorporated last night, the fifth sibling from a large family of nine children says her young age only serves as an...
Pacific region's 18 presidents, prime ministers and premiers attending the Pacific Forum.
Funafuti, TUVALU — Pacific Islands leaders know all about compromise, and were not expecting miracles, but they will still come away from the Pacific Forum summit with a bitter taste in their mouths. A meeting of the Pacific region's 18 presidents, prime ministers and premiers stretched late into...
Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) confirms that three males have now been charged as a result of the investigation relating to a conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. A Police media statement received at 7:54 Friday night (Samoa time) said...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Funafuti, TUVALU — Pacific island leaders do not share Australia's concerns about China's rising influence in the region, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said Thursday. While Canberra and Washington fear China's long-term ambition is a military base in the Pacific, Malielegaoi said he...

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