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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...
Bula Kafe in Florida
Suva, FIJI — The Fiji government says it's preparing to fight a US businessman's trademarking of the word "bula." It said documents will be lodged with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the trademarking of Fiji's national greeting will also be...
Mr Dalton's mother Christine Wilson
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a New Zealander killed in a Samoan prison is hoping for answers after meeting with Foreign Minister Winston Peters today. Hans Dalton died in Taifagata Prison while holidaying in Samoa in 2012. The 38-year-old had a mental illness and became distressed...
Neil Adam and Judy Turno with their find
Vailima, SAMOA — A musician couple made an interesting discovery recently at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Apia. Judy Turno and Neil Adam travelled to Samoa from Melbourne to play in a concert at the museum, when they discovered two old metal plates in the backyard of the house next to the...
S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i
Apia, SAMOA — The President of the Samoa Rugby Union, Namulauulu Sami Leota, has expressed disappointment with the hiring process of new Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson.  His concerns were expressed in an email to the S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i dated September 20,...

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