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Fiji meth suspects
Lautoka, FIJI — A Fiji court has granted bail to 13 people charged in relation to the seizure of almost five tons of methamphetamine. The Nadi Magistrates Courts has placed the accused under a curfew and ordered them to report to the Nadi Police Station. The accused will appear at the Lautoka High...
Minister of Education Seu'ula Ioane Tua'a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Member of Parliament says a “brain drain" is the main reason for senior students in Samoa taking on teaching roles. Aleipata Itupa I Luga MP Fuaava Suluimālō Amataga said complaints were reported to him by parents of children attending schools in his district. Speaking...
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WASHINGTON — As US-China tensions continue over Taiwan’s independence, economic competitiveness, and defense issues, the US military is building up its presence in Guam. Guam is considered vulnerable, leading the federal government to prepare for further militarization. The island already hosts...
Luciane Buchanan
Park City, UTAH — Two Tongan-New Zealand filmmakers are behind the short film Lea Tupu'anga Mother Tongue, helping people to grapple with cultural identity and language trauma, as the story explores a young woman's journey to reconnect with her Tongan heritage. The film was selected out of 17,000...
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Saipan, CNMI — The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas (CNMI) will now have a new program to attract tourists from the People's Republic of China following the Department of Homeland Security's decision to go ahead with the CNMI Economic Vitality & Security Travel Authorization Program. EVS-TAP,...
METH PIPE
Apia, SAMOA — Apia will focus its attention on how it will go about preventing the worst-case scenario involving the use of meth or 'aisa' and prioritize the involvement of teenagers and minors. The village mayor of Apia, Tuiletufuga Fritz Tuiavii explained that the matter will not be taken lightly...
Apia, SAMOA — Strong waves and currents forced a fishing boat to break away from its moorings at the Matautu Wharf and drift towards the shore early Tuesday morning as it ran aground on the shores of Apia Beach. Motorists and members of the public crowded the seawall to catch a glimpse of the...
PACKAGES OF METH found in Fiji
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police in Fiji have seized one ton of methamphetamine, some of it in kava bags. It was the second major methamphetamine bust in Fiji in a week. More than three tons of the drug was seized on 14 January, and remains under 24-hour surveillance, police said earlier. The...
Roi-Namur, MARSHALL ISLANDS — Powerful waves, driven by offshore storm surges, hit an important US military installation in the Marshall Islands on Saturday night, causing damage and resulting in the evacuation of all "non-mission personnel" from the island. Flooding caused by the waves also hit...
A drone flying over Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano
The volcanic alert level for Ambrym volcano in Vanuatu has been increased from one to three. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) said Ambrym volcano is now in a minor eruption state. It said observations from the Ambrym volcano webcam and seismic data analysis confirm an...

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