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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister of Transport believes that drunk drivers should be given mandatory jail terms as a form of deterrent in efforts to curb the increasing offence on the roads. Papalii Niko Lee Hang told the Samoa Observer that intoxicated and impaired drivers were a very real danger for...
Canoe prow figure Nguzunguzu; wood, pigments, resin, shell; 16,5 x 9 x 15,5 cm; Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Archipelago, Solomon Islands; collection Eugen Paravicini 1929. (PHOTO: Derek Li Wan Po; 2013; all rights reserved) Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-2017 (detail). Single...
 The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association delegates
Apia, SAMOA — A fa'afafine spokesperson in Samoa says for their community - jobs are more important than marriage equality. Tuisina Ymania Brown-Gabriel is the Oceania ambassador for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and spoke after their inaugural conference...
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Journalist Barbara Dreaver has been released after being detained in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, TVNZ is reporting. RNZ's reporter on Nauru said it was understood Ms Dreaver was taken to the police station on the island after trying to...
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Nauru is at the centre of a diplomatic storm after the Pacific ­Islands Forum host nation, which is aligned to Taiwan, denied ­Chinese observers the right to visit on official passports. Forum chairman Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi threatened to...
Samoa Airways Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell  with Miss Samoa contestants
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways is on the verge of flying direct to Brisbane Australia as the rebranded national carrier begins her expansion journey "slowly but surely," Airlines Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell assured the nine contestants vying for the 2018 McDonald's Samoa Miss Samoa crown next...
Pacific Islands Forum logo
Leaders Summit, NAURU — Reaping greater economic benefit from regional fisheries is expected to be high on the agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit in Nauru this week. Increasing the yield of the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery shows the greatest potential for growth. The...
 Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — For Samoan actor, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, his dream has just come true, having been cast as the lead role in a Hollywood film about Hawaii's King Kamehameha. Dwayne Johnson made the announcement on Instagram, indicating his delight at getting to act the part. Here is his...
Apia, SAMOA — Clearly frustrated by his inability to control relentless attacks against him on Facebook, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi last week said he had had enough. In an interview with TV1Samoa, Tuilaepa announced he had instructed the Attorney General's office to begin...
The courthouse in Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Two nurses accused of killing two babies in Samoa have pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court at Apia. The two accused, Leutogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tuavale, entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter, conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence. The women remain on bail...

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