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San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — A 19-year-old man who was shot outside a California state parole office lobby last week in San Francisco has died, police and family said Thursday. Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the March 25 shooting death of Taiepisi Gutu of San Francisco is now being considered a...
Alex's parents, Va’a and Maylynn Brown
Apia, SAMOA — Va’a and Maylynn Brown have lodged a complaint with the police over the alleged beating of their son Alex Brown by prisoners inside the Tafaigata prison early this week. Alex was one of 7 prisoners that tried to break out of prison early Monday morning, and Va’a said that his son was...
Zhenna Chan Mow-Fa’aiuga
Apia, SAMOA — A prominent local pharmacist is fearful of the health risks to the general public from non-medically approved medications, sold widely on the streets of Apia and around the country. The worry is on imported pills and other medications supposedly for weight loss and other body ailments...
bowl of rice
Kyoto, JAPAN — Eating rice may help prevent obesity, research suggests. Experts found that people following a Japanese or Asian-style diet based on rice were less likely to be obese than those living in countries where rice consumption was low. Researchers said low-carbohydrate diets – which limit...
Tafaigata prison entrance
Apia, SAMOA — The deputy prisons commissioner in Samoa has blamed incompetent officers for a spate of recent breakouts. Levaopolo Rosa To'oese Siaosi told TV1 the recent escape of seven remand prisoners was because of a lack of oversight by an officer. She said the officer responded to what they...
Aedes mosquito
Washington, D.C. — Dengvaxia, the live attenuated vaccine for preventing dengue disease, was approved by the FDA late Wednesday night for children ages 9-16 with laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection and who live in dengue-endemic areas. The vaccine protects against symptomatic disease...
The Central Bank of Samoa in the Apia
Apia, SAMOA —Two Samoan churches which allegedly invested in a banned cryptocurrency are being investigated for money laundering, the country's central bank says. The probe follows revelations by the Central Bank of Samoa on Thursday that the cryptocurrency OneCoin had "compromised" Samoa's...
container ship at sea
Apia, SAMOA — The container of personal effects where grenades were found in a Salelologa freight company compound, is shipped back to Apia today for a thorough inspection by Customs. Newsline Samoa can also confirm from top Government officials that a box of grenades was found during a routine...
The Central Bank of Samoa in the Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Increasing counterfeit currency continues to cause headaches for Samoan banking officials and the police. A report by the Central Bank of Samoa for the year ended June 2018 said the bank remains cautious and has actively promoted public awareness of counterfeit banknotes. The increase...
Brown Boys director, writer and actor Hans Masoe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A self-funded feature film by Pacific filmmakers about six Samoan men growing up in South Auckland is being premiered on Thursday night.  Brown Boys director, writer and actor Hans Masoe told TVNZ1's Breakfast that "I wanted to tell a story that I knew and something that...

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