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 The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.
Funafuti, TUVALU — Tuvalu's prime minister says his country is looking to Japan for assistance in creating an "artificial island". Kausea Natano has spoken to Kyodo News about fledgling plans for a major project using reclaimed land from the lagoon by the main atoll, Funafuti. The plans, revealed...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A notorious Samoan blogger has been jailed for seven weeks for defaming the Prime Minister. Malele Atofu Paulo, popularly known as King Faipopo, was sentenced in the Apia District Court this past week. His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, says he was convicted of criminal libel by Judge...
Noni fruit
Apia, SAMOA — A Chinese company has broken ground on a 24 acre site at Tanumalala in Samoa, where it plans to build a factory to make health products. The company, Skyline, will also grow and process fruit on site. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he welcomed Skyline's...
Luaipou Fidow making his way out of court after sentencing
Apia SAMOA — A husband who attacked his wife with a machete as their children looked on failed to win any sympathies in court this week. Luaipou Fidow of Fogapoa pleaded with Justice Mata Tuatagaloa for a second chance so he can be with his children he loves. Justice Tagaloa was not convinced and...
Tausala Lalelei o Amerika Samoa “Epifania Petelo”
Mt Hagen, PNG — Papua New Guinea will host the Miss Pacific Islands pageant at the end of next month, Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha said this in Mt Hagen recently. She said the Miss Pacific Islands quest will be held in Port Moresby with 12 Pacific Island counries vying for the title. The 12...
Apia, SAMOA — An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 has struck off the Pacific Island nation of Samoa on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The agency said the moderate earthquake hit at a depth of 89-kilometres, roughly 169-kilometres southwest of the capital city, Apia....
 Alleged mother of Mulifanua abandoned baby escorted into court
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of the baby who was found among the rubbish at the Mulifanua Wharf last month, September, made her first appearance in court today. The 22 year old was not represented by legal counsel . During criminal mention today, prosecutor Magele Leone Mailo made an application to the...
Cans of Savaii Popo Palusami
Apia, SAMOA — The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is targeting the 3rd China-Pacific Forum in Apia from the 19th to 21st October 2019, to announce Samoa’s plans to increase its exports to $300m by 2025 and establish Samoa as the major Pacific Export Hub for Fish and...
View of Apia, Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — China will seek to expand its economic and diplomatic influence in the South Pacific at a forum this weekend, amid growing concern from the US and its allies over Beijing’s push in the strategically important region. Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will lead the Chinese delegation at the...
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.
Apia, SAMOA — China will roll out fresh offers of cash and red-carpet trips when Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua meets Pacific leaders in Samoa next week to spruik Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. Mr Hu, a senior Chinese Communist Party Politburo member, will try to convince Pacific...

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