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Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Five Samoa patients and three caregivers returning from India after successful medical treatment are undergoing 14 days of self-quarantine in Nadi, Fiji for precautionary measures as mandated by Samoa’s Coronavirus Border Security Travel Advisory. On their way home, the Samoans had...
Samoan national Joseph Matamata,
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A teenage Samoan girl promised schooling in New Zealand was instead allegedly made to cook and clean and got beatings, the High Court in Napier has heard. The woman, who was a 15-year-old at the time of the alleged offending in 1994-95, is one of several complainants who will...
A small marijuana plant in a garden pot.
Apia, SAMOA — A youth who appeared in Court this past week charged  with escaping from Olomanu centre last December has been blamed for cultivating marijuana inside the jouvenile detention centre. A detainee escaped from Olomanu juvenile detention centre, went straight to Faleolo Police post and...
Cans of Bumble Bee tuna
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN  — One of the world’s largest integrated marine industry supply-chain service providers, announced this week that it has acquired Bumble Bee Foods (Bumble Bee), a 120-year old beloved marketer of seafood and specialty protein products sold in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — An escaped prisoner in Samoa has been recaptured after nine months on the run. The Samoa Observer reports the man, Suitupe Fa'amoe Paufai, 59, was handed over by his family. Paufai, who had been imprisoned for murder and possession of narcotics, ran away from a prison work gang in May...
Air New Zealand's flight NZ1942 touches down on kiwi soil.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Thirty Pacific islanders are being quarantined at a New Zealand military base, following their evacuation from China. They are among 193 evacuees who arrived in Auckland from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, on Wednesday night. The...
Taualai Leiloa talking with his lawyer.
Apia, SAMOA — One of three men facing a charge of plotting to assassinate Samoa's prime minister has withdrawn a bid to change his plea to not guilty. A hearing for Taualai Leiloa's change of plea was scheduled to be heard today. But his lawyer has told the court that village pressure on the...
Samoa Courthouse
Apia, SAMOA — A father in Samoa has been jailed for 25 years for the rape and indecent assault of his 14-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old was convicted on charges of rape, incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection. The police said the defendant's other daughter reported the attack...
Staff members take passengers' body temperature at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan
Apia, SAMOA — Six people are being held in quarantine in Samoa, and 18 have been refused entry, since the government last week introduced border restrictions to stave off the Wuhan coronavirus. The health ministry said the latest to be quarantined at the Faleolo Health Clinc were a Samoan woman and...
Tsunami warning sign
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Tsunami detection times in the south-west Pacific are soon to drop from hours to minutes. That's because of a new underwater early warning system being installed in the region. A research seismologist from New Zealand's science agency GNS, Bill Fry, said the current system...

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