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PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced. In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officials said another four unspecified structures were covered by lava....
The Central Bank of Samoa, in the capital Apia.  [photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins]
SAMOA'S FOREIGN DEBT REACHES BILLION TALA MARK Samoa's foreign debt reached the billion tala mark late last year according to a report. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports the Chinese government is the biggest debtor with loans to Samoa worth more than $US160 million. That's more than the...
DEVELOPING LITERACY RATE: The Rotary Club of Apia donated 600 reading books for the Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust of Samoa to assist in their literacy program. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — The Rotary Club of Apia has come to the assistance of the Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust (S.R.C.T.) in their request for educational material to complement their weekly literacy programmes targeting young offenders, and at risk group who needs special attention to prevent becoming...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii has become the first American state to pass a bill banning the sale of any sunscreens that have chemicals known to harm coral reefs. The bill bars the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which some scientists say contribute to coral bleaching...
Lava from the Kilauea volcano moves across the road in the Leilani Estates in Pahoa, Hawaii, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Hundreds of anxious residents on the Big Island of Hawaii hunkered down Saturday for what could be weeks or months of upheaval as the dangers from an erupting Kilauea volcano continued to grow. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The number of homes destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano climbed to five as some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time. “I have no idea how soon we...
The Centers for Disease Control is warning consumers about romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Aris, saying it may cause illness due to E. coli bacteria. Dozens of people from nearly 20 states have recently been sickened by the bacteria. (April 26) AP
Saipan, CNMI — Consumers in the Northern Marianas have been warned against eating romaine lettuce due to the risk of bacterial infection and this warning could also apply to other Pacific islands that import romaine from the U.S. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and the US...
 Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index map. The lighter you are, the more free are your media. [Photo: supplied / Reporters Without Borders]
PACIFIC ISLANDS — The media industry is said to be in crisis, with some leading Pacific journalists describing a dire state of affairs when it comes to media freedom in the region. The United Nations sets 3 May as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about the importance of a free media. The...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is lifting its ban on taro exports to American Samoa next week, according to Minister of Agriculture Lopaoo Natanielu Mu'a, who imposed the temporary ban in late February. Lopaoo said Samoa had achieved remarkable results in negotiations with their American Samoan counterparts...
This photo provided by Hawaii Electric Light shows lava flowing over Mohala Street in the Leilani Estates area near Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii Friday, May 4, 2018. Nearly 1,500 people have fled from their homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sent molten lava chewing through forests and bubbling up on paved streets in an eruption that one resident described as “a curtain of fire.” (Hawaii Electric Light via AP)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Many rural residents living on an erupting volcano in Hawaii fled the threat of lava that spewed into the air in bursts of fire and pushed up steam from cracks in roadways Friday, while others tried to get back to their homes. Officials ordered more than 1,700 people out of Big...
 Photo taken in Kalapana, courtesy of NPS Volunteer Janice Wei. [Photo: Janice Wei /Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park ]
The Big Island, HAWAII — The Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has come to life, belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of lava in a residential area where people were ordered to leave their homes. The eruption occurred after a series of earthquakes on the island over the last couple...

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