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Two escaped prisoners, considered extremely dangerous, are still on the run. The Police are urging members of the public to look out for Aniseko Vaelei and Uili Manuleleua. Contacted for a comment yesterday, Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services Deputy Commissioner Ulugia Niuia Aumua said the men...
SAMOA PEACEKEEPERS LEAVE FOR SUDAN A contingent of 6 officers from the Samoa Police Service left for Sudan on Friday, Dec. 15 to serve as part of a United Nations deployment mission. Farewelled in a simple ceremony by the SPS executive, the officers will be deployed in Sudan for 12 months. Police...
Australia and other Pacific nations did not join more than 100 countries in voting at the UN for the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. US President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour. A total of 128 countries backed the...
Samoa is to use the international 911 emergency call number, replacing the three different emergency call numbers currently in use - 994, 995 and 996. The purpose of the change is to eliminate confusion around the appropriate number to call the police, fire and hospital emergency services. The...
Eruptions, elections, rugby, disaster, music and culture. 2017 has been a year that hasn't been lacking in news for the Pacific, and RNZ Pacific's been across much of it. Our reporters have traveled to the sandy beaches of Rarotonga, the rocky outcrop of Niue, the Papua New Guinea bush, trekked...
GIVING WASHINGTON STATE A ‘TASTE OF SAMOA’ — Washingtonians know that people are attracted to their majestic state from all over the world, but particularly from the islands sprinkled throughout the Pacific Ocean. Citizens of Taiwan and the Philippines, and residents of the islands of American...
PRISON BREAK: FOUR PRISONERS ESCAPE FROM TAFA’IGATA — A man convicted of tying up a male while raping his wife at knife point had escaped from Tafa’igata Prison. The good news is that Lauititi Tualima has been recaptured. But he was among four prisoners who escaped from Tafaigata this morning,...
Port-Vila, Vanuatu – The 10th Pacific Mini Games was held in Vanuatu from 4- 15 December, bringing together thousands of athletes and visitors from across the region. While the public focus was on the incredible performances on the field, behind the scenes a team of trained public health...
SAMOA PARLIAMENT VOTES TO BRING BACK LIBEL LAW  Samoa's Parliament has unanimously voted to restore a criminal libel law that had been repealed four years ago. The justice minister, Fa'aolesa Katopau Ainu'u, told parliament the government's objective was to protect innocent members of the public....
CHRISTCHURCH MAN STUNNED AFTER TRADIE CALLS HIM THE N-WORD — A Christchurch man says he's "deeply disappointed" rather than angry after a tradesman called him a n***** and made gorilla noises at him. Peter Retimanu, 53, is a New Zealand-born Samoan who lives in Shirley in Christchurch. This morning...

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