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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it will take down misinformation about China's fast-spreading coronavirus, in a rare departure from its usual approach to dubious health content that is presenting a fresh challenge for social media companies. The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — It will be up to travelers to identify themselves if they suspect coronavirus symptoms when they arrive at Honolulu International Airport, federal health officials said Tuesday. Passengers arriving in Honolulu from the Hubei Province of China will receive a copy of a travel...
Package of Methamphetamine
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested four people on drugs charges and seized over 40 packs or 20 grammes of methamphetamine as well as cannabis. Over the weekend, two 50-year-old men, a 58-year-old man, and a 21-year-old woman were arrested and all remain in custody, having been...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health has confirmed that two Samoan sailors are in quarantine for 14 days at the Faleolo District Hospital amid fears they might be carrying China's coronavirus. According to the Samoa Observer, the two have been at the hospital, which has been converted into a...
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Anchorage, ALASKA — A 25-year-old Samoan man — who was sentenced more than a week ago at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska in a separate felony gun possession case — is facing kidnapping and murder charges in state court. Iosia Nelson Fiso, who resides in Anchorage, pled guilty last year to...
Gate to Tafa'igata Prison in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Parole Board has given 13 prisoners, including one imprisoned for life, belated New Year presents with their applications for parole being accepted. Chief executive of the Ministry of Justice and Court Administration Moliei Simi Va'ai told the Samoa Observer, 56 prisoners...
 Samoa Airways Twin Otter at American Samoa's Tafuna International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister for Public Enterprise says the country's national airline will replace the aircraft it uses between the two Samoas with a larger plane and it will open new routes to other countries in the region. Lautafi Fio Purcell, the minister responsible for Samoa Airways, told...
A small village shop
Apia, SAMOA — Member of Parliament for Vaisigano Number 3 Faaulusau Losa Duffy Stowers challenged Parliament to look at reasons why Chinese businesses are growing and taking over Samoan owned shops in the villages. “Chinese shops are developing while Samoan shops are going down.., What is the...
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech is pleased to announce an important partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, and together have planned a series of webinars for the public in an effort to spread the word about...
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has attacked the Samoa Observer, accusing the nation’s only daily newspaper of being “nosy,” spreading “lies” and employing “kids” whose writing, he says, are misleading the public. Tuilaepa issued his attack in response to the Samoa...

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