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Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — A US-based Samoan man has been jailed in Samoa for three years after being found guilty of possession and importation of the drug methamphetamine. Tafuna Tauialo, 45, was arrested after being found with 25.8 grams of meth upon entering Samoa. Customs and police officers using a...
Vaccinate your child billboard in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — As the death toll due to measles rises to 55 the Samoan Government has announced further measures to combat the disease.  On Tuesday evening (Samoa time) the Government announced a complete shutdown of the private sector. The move comes a day after the Samoan Prime Minister announced...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — There have been another two deaths in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 55. It's the seventh day the death toll has risen, with children making up almost all of the dead. In the past 24 hours, there were another 153 cases of measles recorded, bringing the total to more...
Wayne King, right, with Rima Moeka'a
Madrid, SPAIN — Pacific countries will be trying to apply as much pressure as possible in the latest round of UN climate talks, says the director of the Cook Islands climate change office. The negotiations - known as COP25 - began yesterday in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Over two weeks,...
Sevens Team Mates send Laaloi Leilua well wishes for his return home.
Dubai, UAE — The Manu Samoa Sevens squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus. Sir Gordon Tietchens announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page. “Laaloi...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi addressing Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is to shut down on Thursday and Friday this week so all public sector workers can help with the country's mass measles vaccination campaign. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Maleilegaoi announced the measure on Monday evening in a nationwide address. He said all...
 File photo of police canine on drug sniffing duty at Mulifanua Wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs. Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the...
Screenshot from 1 News Now video of girls at Elei
Otara, NEW ZEALAND — Fridays after school is a time most kids will be celebrating the oncoming weekend, but for a group of girls in Otara, the learning doesn’t stop. Elei Dance was founded by Lorna Fa’alafi and is based in South and West Auckland. The group was set up to help young girls take...
Mother holding baby as doctor touches its head
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying this weekend. Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise. More than 1700 children less than four years old are...
Miss Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu shortly after being crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019.
Port Moresby, PNG — Miss Samoa Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019 at the pageant finale in Papua New Guinea Saturday night.   Ms McFarland-Seumanu also won the major categories of Best Traditional Wear and Best Interview at the regional event.   Samoa had not...

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