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Seattle WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, was charged last week at the federal court in Seattle, Washington under a 17-count indictment. Thirty-nine year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo...
 Aniseko Vaelei listening to his mother in court
Apia, SAMOA — A man who escaped prison in Samoa, invaded homes and robbed businesses in January and February, has been sentenced with ten more years added to his current three year jail term. Aniseko Vaelei escaped from the old Tafaigata prison with another inmate, Pati Chong Nee, who is still on...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Two more people in Samoa have died in the measles outbreak that's killed 22. Samoa's Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said 153 new measles cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1797. About 92 percent of the 147 people being treated at health...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is warning anyone trying to discourage people from getting measles vaccinations to stop it. The country is under a state of emergency as it tries to contain the epidemic, which has so far killed at least 16 people. Under the state of emergency, a compulsory...
Dr Anita Latai-Niusulu interviewing a Samoan farmer at his plantation
Apia, SAMOA — While the rest of the world is struggling to adapt to climate change, Samoan villages are already facing the challenge.  The village of Aopo has moved their entire community further inland as a response to cyclones and extreme weather.  In new research, on the impact of climate change...
Two nurses in Samoa wearing masks during the measles epidemic
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples is warning holiday travel to Samoa may worsen the measles epidemic. On Tuesday, the Samoan government said 16 people had died from the disease, of which more than 1100 cases have been reported. Aupito Su'a William Sio said he was...
Tu'ivale Luamanuvae beside the graves of his three children
Apia, SAMOA — Local media in Samoa is reporting there have now been 16 deaths, 15 of which are children, as the nation's measles crisis continues to cause a state of emergency. The number is up from 11 reported the day before. 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver told TVNZ1’s Breakfast...
Nurse carries vaccine delivery of MMR in Samoa
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand has announced a deployment of 18 more vaccination nurses to support the Samoan government's response to the measles epidemic. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said that would bring the total number of New Zealand nurses up to 30 working in Samoa over...
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Suva, FIJI — On Sunday 17 November, a member of the Tonga Women’s XV team was reported to the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Oceania Rugby to have suspected symptoms of measles. In light of the widespread outbreak of measles in the region – Samoa, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand...
Bumble Bee tuna cans
New York, NEW YORK — US canned seafood giant Bumble Bee Foods is planning on filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and place itself for sale, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said legal costs stemming from the company's...

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