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The courthouse in Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The inquest into the death of two babies in Savai’i following their vaccination in July this year has been adjourned again to October 24. Senior sergeant Richard Ah Chong confirmed this when asked by the Samoa Observer.  “It has now been adjourned to the 24th of this month because the...
Tusi Pisi
Apia, SAMOA — Manu Samoa's squad for the forthcoming Northern Hemisphere Tour in November this year has been named. Head coach Steve Jackson has retained most of the old heads in the team with a number of new young blood. Eleven players in the squad play their rugby in NZ with twenty of them...
Samoa Police Service badge
Apia, SAMOA — No children have been reported missing since the news broke about a van making its way around the country, allegedly attempting to kidnap young girls. This is the latest update from the Police last night, as the country continues to be on the look out for the whereabouts of the van. “...
 Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi meets Premier Li Keqiang
Apia, SAMOA — The future of the world lies with China and the Asia Pacific.  So says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who then acknowledged the importance of the Pacific Ocean and its link to Pacific Island communities. “The Pacific Ocean contains the largest amount of fish and it’...
Guns seized in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's police have announced another amnesty for people to surrender unlicensed guns and ammunition. Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said it was the third time in as many years the public had been given a chance to hand in such items without prosecution. Fuiavailili...
Joseph Felter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia
New South Wales, AUSTRALIA — The United States claims China is looking to project military power into the South Pacific by using debt-trap diplomacy. The Australian newspaper reported the US's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defence for South and Southeast Asia, Joseph Felter, saying China aims to...
Utu Abe Malae
Saipan, CNMI — It is no hyperbole to say that it wasn’t just American Samoa but possibly the entire Pacific region that mourned the passing of Utu Abe Malae yesterday. That was true at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. in the CNMI, where Malae was a former executive director. According to Gary...
Thelma with Proud Parents and Uncles.
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan has won the inaugural Miss South Pacific Plus crown in Sydney, Australia. Thelma Fetu 29, from Christchurch and now residing in Sydney Australia has been crowned the first Miss South Pacific Plus. The unique competition which was held in Sydney on Saturday night to...
 Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the UN General Assembly in New York
NEW YORK — Samoa's prime minister has joined other Pacific leaders in calling on the global community to unite and arrest the threat of climate change. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the call while addressing the United Nations. He told the General Assembly that climate change was the over-...
 The steamship Talune at the Napier breakwater in 1908.
London, ENGLAND — The world premiere of Talune, commemorating the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Samoa, is in London on 12 November. The SS Talune was the New Zealand ship that docked in Apia in November 1918 carrying passengers infected with the deadly Spanish flu. The sick were...

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