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This black and white photo from the 1950s shows the entrance into the main shaft of the Falemauga Caves on Upolu island in Samoa.
Falemauga Caves, SAMOA — Among the most striking natural wonders are the Falemauga Caves in Samoa. These caves are not just natural wonders, they’re important archaeological sites that have provided unprecedented insights into Polynesian prehistory. The cave complex appears to have played an...
ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — All ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are to meet today to discuss their next step in a tax boycott. They have been summoned by the Elders Committee to decide what action to take after the apparent failure of their boycott of a new government tax on church...
meningococcal vaccine
Apia, SAMOA  — A meningococcal alert has been issued by the Samoan government. Talamua Online reported Health Minister Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama said doctors had been instructed to take notice of children with fever because it is the first symptom of the potentially deadly disease which could be...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Allegations that an Australian tourist was raped has led to the arrest and charging of a man. This was confirmed in a statement by the Ministry of Police.  The 30-year-old tourist lodged a complaint on Wednesday against a 32-year-old male of Sinamoga. This is in connection to an...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — An Australian newspaper article that reported plans by the Chinese government to fund the building of a wharf in Savai’i has shocked the Chinese Ambassador, and attracted a strong rebuttal from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The Australian newspaper on Monday...
PNG's   Charles Punaha concerned about Facebook–Cambridge Analytica
Apia, SAMOA — Concerns about fake news and the impact of social media in the Pacific Islands are some of the challenges that authorities in the region have to address. Chairman of Policy and Regulation Forum for the Pacific, Charles Punaha, said this recently when discussing issues that will be...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is today marking 20 years since he became the country's leader. He is the longest serving prime minister in the Pacific region. In his weekly radio interview, Tuila'epa said doctors had reassured him he was in good health with a...
Apia, SAMOA — A 41-year-old Samoan man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to cultivating marijuana plants for sale. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson told Ulugia Sala Suivai of Vaiusu the penalties for drug sellers must be severe. Police said when they searched the defendant's home...
A team of 13 sailors
Apia, SAMOA — A team of 13 sailors, 2 coaches, and many parents and supporters from the Sailing Association of American Samoa (SAASI) traveled to Apia this weekend for this year’s Fealofani Cup Regatta. Fifteen-year-old Victor Chen took Gold in the Olympic Class Open Laser event. Victor began...
People walk through debris in Samoa's capital Apia, Dec. 14, 2012, after cyclone Evan
Apia, SAMOA — ‘First and worst’ is how environmental campaigners describe the impact of climate change on the people of Samoa in the South Pacific. The Polynesian nation of 200,000 people fears it will feel the full force of more frequent tropical cyclones, and that rising sea levels will drive...

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