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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Palikir, FSM — The US has started negotiations to renew agreements with its freely associated states in the Pacific, in a counter to Chinese influence in the region. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been in the Federated States of Micronesia meeting with its president and leaders from Palau and...
Leutogi Te'o (C) and Luse Tauvale (R) talking to their lawyer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's nurses association says safety measures in the country's hospitals have improved since the deaths of two vaccinated infants. On Friday, two nurses were jailed for five years for administering incorrectly mixed vaccines last year. But according to one critic, the pair are...
[l-r] Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Apia, SAMOA —  Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has resorted to the ‘we are one Samoa’  card, in defense of  heavily criticised American Samoa Governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga The Governor ended up at the centre of angry public reactions in the territory, for a recent donation of...
Lawyer Olinda Woodroffe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The lawyer for the family of a New Zealand man found hanging upside down in a drum of water at a Samoan prison strongly disagrees with a coroner's finding and says there was enough evidence to determine he was forced into it. Coroner Ryan, in a report released last week,...
The parents of the two babies who died.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's District Court will conduct a coronial inquest into the deaths of two one-year-old babies, who died after receiving the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine in July last year at Safotu district hospital. Yesterday, the Supreme Court sentenced two nurses to five years in...
Twenty-four-year-old female An Tran Thi appeared in Court on Friday
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Supreme Court has granted bail to Ana Tran Thi, the 24 year old Vietnamese female accused of carrying illegal drugs into the country. Speaking through an interpreter, Justice Leaitaualesa warned Ana Tran Thi that she will immediately be taken back to prison if she fails to...
Wesley Samoa appears Friday in Circuit Court
Kealakekua, HAWAII — A motion for a new trial in the case of three individuals found guilty in the September 2018 beating of a hotel security guard was denied Friday in Circuit Court. Barry Sooalo, attorney for Wesley Samoa, argued the court should consider granting a new trial for his client and...
Beijing, CHINA — China’s push for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Pacific is receiving growing attention. All eight Pacific island countries (PICs) that recognize Beijing, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, have...
Hans Dalton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A coroner has been unable to determine how New Zealand man Hans Dalton came to drown in a Samoan prison six and a half years ago. Mr Dalton - a 38-year-old psychiatric patient - had been holidaying with family when Cyclone Evan struck and he lost his medication. He was put...
Apia, SAMOA — Two senior nurses in Samoa have been sentenced to five years in prison for incorrectly administering the MMR vaccine which resulted in two infants dying. Lannacalastah Samuelu and Lameko Sui both died on the same day in July last year shortly after receiving the vaccination for...

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