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Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — An escaped prisoner in Samoa has been recaptured after nine months on the run. The Samoa Observer reports the man, Suitupe Fa'amoe Paufai, 59, was handed over by his family. Paufai, who had been imprisoned for murder and possession of narcotics, ran away from a prison work gang in May...
Air New Zealand's flight NZ1942 touches down on kiwi soil.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Thirty Pacific islanders are being quarantined at a New Zealand military base, following their evacuation from China. They are among 193 evacuees who arrived in Auckland from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, on Wednesday night. The...
Taualai Leiloa talking with his lawyer.
Apia, SAMOA — One of three men facing a charge of plotting to assassinate Samoa's prime minister has withdrawn a bid to change his plea to not guilty. A hearing for Taualai Leiloa's change of plea was scheduled to be heard today. But his lawyer has told the court that village pressure on the...
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Apia, SAMOA — A father in Samoa has been jailed for 25 years for the rape and indecent assault of his 14-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old was convicted on charges of rape, incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection. The police said the defendant's other daughter reported the attack...
Staff members take passengers' body temperature at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan
Apia, SAMOA — Six people are being held in quarantine in Samoa, and 18 have been refused entry, since the government last week introduced border restrictions to stave off the Wuhan coronavirus. The health ministry said the latest to be quarantined at the Faleolo Health Clinc were a Samoan woman and...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Tsunami detection times in the south-west Pacific are soon to drop from hours to minutes. That's because of a new underwater early warning system being installed in the region. A research seismologist from New Zealand's science agency GNS, Bill Fry, said the current system...
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at airport
Apia, SAMOA — The Government Press Secretariat confirmed last night that two students returning home from China via Nadi Fiji have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. The students arrived on Friday night via Nadi Fiji on Fiji Airways. The Samoan students are isolated under self-quarantine...
  UNITED KINGDOM — New research released last week reveals that the average footall fan in the United States, will eat a staggering 10,821 calories and 180 grams of saturated fate this Super Bowl Sunday. 7 in 10 football fans will overindulge this Super Bowl Sunday, with the average fan planning...
Tologatā Tile Tuimalealiifano speaking at press conference
Apia, SAMOA — The General Manager of Samoa’s Electric Power Corporation has confirmed that Samoa’s power supply is in a “State of Emergency” and that the nation should prepare for more power cuts and a nation-wide rationing of electricity supply. The whole of Upolu experienced an unexpected power...
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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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