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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Suva, FIJI — The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised Fiji as a strong committed partner in peacekeeping and for taking a leading role in the battle against climate change. Mr Guterres was speaking after formal talks with the Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama this morning. Mr...
StarKist Tuna can with dolphin safe labeling
San Francisco, CA — In the midst of dealing with numerous price-fixing lawsuits, Bumble Bee Foods, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist now face class-action complaints over the “Dolphin-Safe” claims on their tuna products. While Lion Capital-owned Bumble Bee, Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea, and...
Samoa Gridiron players during a practice session
Apia, SAMOA — In a first-time trip to have local American football players seen by scouts in the United States, Samoa Gridiron is sending nine young men to football camps in California this summer. The student-athletes will visit five camps at four campuses in California: two camps at Stanford...
Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha with other performers
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha has added her voice to the global climate change campaign - this week addressing participants from around the world at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange event in Auckland. Ms Kariha, of Papua New Guinea, said more needs to be done - from...
Pua Magasiva
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pua Magasiva isbeing remembered for his humour, kindness and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world.  The former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning. There were no suspicious circumstances, police said.  ​A...
Nicholas Payne and Chu Lun Aiona were both indicted for the 2018 beating death of Joey Nguyen
Honolulu, HAWAII — A third person was indicted Wednesday in the brutal beating death of a homeless man on Oahu, Honolulu police said. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Catherine Laumea. Laumea was arrested around 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, where she was already...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two lesser charges in connection with the August 2018 death of volunteer teacher Charles Chao, who moved to Samoa from China. The defendant, Tauinaola Luapua, of Salelavalu, Gataivai and Vaitele-fou, appeared before Supreme...
Sharon Toetu with her fine mat and grandmother Telesia Televave (right) and mother Rosa Toetu
Apia, SAMOA— An 11 year old school girl of Nofoalii village, was the youngest to display the fine mat she worked on for 8 months at yesterday’s National & Exhibition of Fine Mats that kicked off the official activities to celebrate the national Mother’s Day. Sharon Toetu – a shy Year 7 student...
Peace Corps volunteers infron of Poutasi Village sign
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a 13-member contingent to provide dental care in Samoa over the next two weeks. Major Philip Worthington, who is leading the NZDF contingent, said the programme, run in collaboration with Samoas Ministry …The New Zealand...
Alatise Leafa Vitale (left) with Talalelei Pauga
Apia, SAMOA — Police have arrested the man who killed the late Cabinet Minister, Luagalau Levaula Kamu for breaching his parole conditions. Alatise Leafa was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 for killing the late Cabinet Minister during a Human Rights Protection Party celebration in 1999. He...

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