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Hong Kong, SAR — China is planning to redevelop a remote, but strategically located airstrip on one of the Kiribati islands, a plan that has raised alarms with the United States and Australia. Kiribati resumed diplomatic relations with China in 2019, while Chinese State Councilor and Foreign...
Fast Party leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa just after the swearing in
Apia, SAMOA — The FAST Party in Samoa has filed an application with the Supreme Court in Samoa to have it recognize an impromptu swearing-in ceremony of elected members of the new political party. At the beginning of last week the Court ruled the ceremony illegal as the Head of State wasn't present...
Samoa votes being tallied by young woman at blackboard
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker government has lost another electoral seat in the latest petition hearings this morning. The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) has now lost a total of five seats and holds 20 compared to the election winning FAST party's 26. Two cases were heard Wednesday, with...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues to be under COVID-19 State of Emergency as the Orders have been extended for another month to 01st August 2021. The extension has been approved by the Head of State on a recommendation from Cabinet according to the Press Secretariat. Meanwhile, an amended Travel...
Waikiki Beach with sun bathers and swimmers
Honolulu, HAWAII — The state is set to hit a new benchmark on Thursday, allowing people vaccinated on the mainland to fly in without testing or quarantining. It’s the latest stage of the state’s Safe Travels Program as Hawaii continues to see a flood of tourists from the continent. Those vaccinated...
Haunani-Kay Trask
Honolulu, Hawaii —Iconic Native Hawaiian scholar and activist, Haunani-Kay Trask died Saturday morning, according to family, friends and the University of Hawaii. In a statement Jonathan Osorio, Dean Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge said: “Our teacher, colleague and friend, Haunani Kay...
Samoa Supreme Court bldg
Apia, SAMOA — A New Zealand based Samoan academic has questioned the statement by Samoa's Head of State that only he has the power to call parliament to convene Sunday night (Samoa time) the Head of State went against a Supreme Court ruling for parliament to meet by Monday at the latest. The...
Container ship
New York, NEW YORK — Shipping containers are the lifeblood of world trade: Virtually every product and part that circulates through the global economy travels across the seas, railroads, and highways ensconced in their corrugated metal embrace. But lately, those all-important containers are in...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
La'auli Leuatea Polataivao
Apia, SAMOA — The chair of Samoa's government-elect, the FAST party, claims there has been deliberate misinterpretation about comments he made this week on television. The way the controversial remarks on EFKS TV were run appeared be a threat of sexual violence to women by the chair, La'auli...

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