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David and Michelle Paul
Nadi, FIJI — The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly showing interest in the sudden deaths of Texas couple David and Michelle Paul in Fiji. The Pauls were on a holiday when they died in the tourist town of Nadi. Michelle's father Mac Calanog told the Fiji Times an...
 Pacific Islander diong seasonal work in Hawke's Bay
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan officials say the expulsion of misbehaving seasonal workers from New Zealand, and the blacklisting of their villages in Samoa, is a one-off. The Samoan government said this week 10 workers had been sent back for various reasons including theft, adultery and smoking marijuana....
Nicholas and Natasha Dalton, with family lawyer Olinda Woodruffe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a mentally ill Kiwi man who died in suspicious circumstances in a Samoan prison has requested the coroner overseeing his inquest recuse himself. They have also raised concerns about a suppression order protecting the identity of a senior clinical psychiatrist...
Lama Lauvao and Natisha Tautalatasi are led out of the courtroom after the jury delivered its verdict Tuesday
Kealakekua, HAWAII — The jury returned its verdict Tuesday in the trial against Wesley Samoa, Natisha Tautalatasi and Lama Lauvao, who were each charged with attempted murder in the Sept. 17, 2018, beating of hotel security guard John Kanui. The nine-woman, three-man jury found Samoa and...
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Washington, D.C. — While the Constitution of Samoa “provides for the right to choose, practice, and change one’s religion,” the US State Department says there are continuing reports that in many villages, leaders forbade individuals to belong to churches outside of the village or to exercise their...
 Samoan RSE workers in New Zealand
Apia, SAMOA — Ten Samoans on the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme have been expelled for various reasons including theft, smoking marijuana, and for extramarital affairs. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said not only have the workers been banned from the...
 Leutogi Te'o (C) and Luse Tauvale (R) talking to their lawyer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan prosecutors will not seek prison terms for two nurses charged in connection with the deaths of two toddlers last year after they were vaccinated. Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Te'o pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and will be sentenced next Tuesday in Samoa's...
uns and bullets taken from a Police raid
Apia, SAMOA — Three people are already charged with the recent police raid of illegal guns at Faleula and Leauva’a, but there could be more as police continue with their investigations. Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, is concerned with the missing suspects and the threat they may pose to...
shark seen through the surf
Samata, SAVAII — Multiple shark sightings in the waters of the village of Samata, Savaii, has led to community warning, especially when out fish diving. Although there have been sightings in the past the recent sightings are out of the norm for the village. The Samata village pulenu’u, Fau Tua...
Marshall Islands fisheries Minister Dennis Momotaro and Forum Fisheries Agency Director General Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen and others
Pohnpei, FSM — Pacific fisheries ministers want to see negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Meeting this week in Pohnpei, the ministers and senior government officials say the subsidies can be a constraint on the ability of small island states to develop their own fisheries. Of the...

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