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Participants from 16 Pacific Island countries
Nadi, FIJI — Emergencies are nothing new for the Pacific. Disease outbreaks, natural disasters and the effects of climate change are impacting the everyday lives of Pacific islanders. Responding quickly and efficiently to the needs of communities during emergencies is extremely challenging in the...
Mary Kay Letourneau, seen here with Vili Fualaau in 2006
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle elementary school teacher who was convicted of raping her sixth-grade student before she ultimately married him and had two daughters, said in a new interview she didn't know the love affair was a crime. “If someone had told me, if anyone had...
Edwin Ebisui, left, with Kitty Simonds
Honolulu, HAWAII — The unexpected death this summer of Edwin Ebisui has left the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council with an empty seat and a decision to make on who should take over as its permanent chair. The leadership void comes at a crucial time for the council, which has been...
Police officers arriving at scene
Apia, SAMOA — There were chaotic scenes in town next to the seawall bus stop when a brawl broke out between some students of Leifiifi College and Maluafou College yesterday afternoon.  A video uploaded on Facebook showed students throwing objects and chasing each other towards the bus stop at the...
Qamar-uz-Zama
Kanpur, INDIA — A man arrested by an Indian anti-terror police was reportedly radicalised by Muslim extremist groups during his stay in Palau. Alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative, Qamar-uz-Zama, was in the Pacific Island nation between 2008 and 2012, according to the Hindustan Times. He was...
Lama Lauvao, Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday for three suspects accused of beating a hotel security guard earlier this week. Wesley Samoa, Lama Lauvao and Natisha Tautalatasi made their initial appearance Wednesday morning in Kona District Court. The three are charged with second-...
Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa District Court has given Court Officer Mane Junior Su’a a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager...
 Bula Kafe in Florida
Suva, FIJI — Outrage in Fiji over a United States businessman trademarking the word 'bula' shows little sign of abating. Florida-based Ross Kashtan has trademarked the common Fijian greeting, which is in the title of his businesses including a kava bar. It means he can take legal action to prevent...
Two policemen outside Samoa's police station
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are investigating the death of a man who allegedly died after he was beaten by his 58-year-old father. The incident was confirmed in a Police weekly update posted on their Facebook page. The 35-year-old man is from Vaitele fou and Safotu, Savai’i. “On the 10th September,...
Su'a William Sio (left) and Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson (right)
Wellington, NZ — The New Zealand Green Party co-leader says Pacific and Māori women need to keep disrupting the patriarchy to increase their say in society. Marama Davidson, the party spokesperson for Pacific people, was at a ceremony marking 125 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand. The event...

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