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Director Taika Waititi.
Honolulu, HAWAII — There is a casting call for speaking roles in a movie about the soccer team from American Samoa. It is an adaptation of the award-winning documentary film Next Goal Wins, which followed the national soccer team of American Samoa as they chased their World Cup dreams. Director,...
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Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa say they hope recent arrests will deter others from using social media to commit crimes. Police said two youths were in custody facing assault charges following an ambush which used Facebook to lure their victim. The use of social media to instigate violence reflected...
China's President Xi Jinping during state visit to PNG
Apia, SAMOA — China's ambassador to Samoa labelled critics of Beijing's activities in the Pacific "ignorant" and "prejudiced" Tuesday in the latest testy public missive from the rising Asian superpower's diplomatic corps. Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific islands was a major theme at a...
Map of Upolu with Laulii village located.
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan village has backtracked on a move to banish a villager allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Taualai Taualai is one of three suspects charged in connection with the foiled plot and was reportedly banned from his village of...
Dr Frances Koya-Vaka'uta from
Suva, FIJI — There is a "lingering fear that the strings attached to development aid" may expose the region to exploitation, an expert in Pacific arts and culture says. The director of the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, said there was a power imbalance...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police say an alleged conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, involved money changing hands between plotters. The revelation comes as they broaden their investigations outside of Samoa.  Police are examining at least one financial transfer...
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u and her husband King Tupou VI
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tongan police are considering laying treason charges against people insulting the royal family on Facebook, says the kingdom's attorney general. It comes as the government mulls blocking the social media platform because of escalating tensions between pro-democracy groups and...
Photo of The Manhattan Project Beer Company building and sign
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The Marshall Islands Nuclear Commission has slammed an American craft beer company behind a Bikini Atoll-themed brew. The commission says the Manhattan Project Beer Company didn't ask Bikinians if it could "make money off the use of their homelands". The brewer released a...
Stalks of bananas
Apia, SAMOA— Unpredictable weather in Samoa has dealt a blow to the export of bananas to New Zealand. The country's largest commercial banana operation, Ah Liki Farms, had 30 percent of its crops deemed ready for export decimated by strong winds in July. According to the Samoa Observer, the crop...
Commission on Decolonization Executive Director Melvin Won Pat-Borja
Hagåtña, GUAM — Distinguished experts from around the Pacific and Caribbean will be on Guam next month for a conference that will focus on decolonization and human rights. The special international conference, “Fanhita: Our Continuing Quests for Decolonization,” will bring together a wide array of...

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