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Miss American Samoa, Epifania Petelo
Port Moresby, PNG — The crowning of Miss Pacific Islands will be held at the Stanley Hotel and Suites in Port Moresby Saturday evening (PNG time). Prime Minister James Marape and other dignitaries from the region will attend the event. Current Miss Pacific Leoshina hosted the contestants in Port...
Annie Grace playing her guitar.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Award-winning Samoan New Zealand entertainer Annie Grace, who performs tonight in Auckland, says she has turned her struggles into songs. The Samoan singer and songwriter is one of several female artists performing at the launch of the Pacific Divas National Identity Tour in...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 2,936 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 250 recorded in the last 24 hours. Radio New Zealand is reporting that the mass vaccination campaign is still underway with...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A police prosecutor in Samoa has been suspended in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man over the weekend. Sergeant Khamtahn Stanley has been suspended but it is not known what role, if any, he played, the Samoa Observer reports. Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil,...
Anti-vaxxer Taylor Winterstein (l) and Dr Brad Robinson (r)
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — An Australian doctor has blasted a high-profile anti-vaccination advocate for dubbing Samoa "NaziSamoa" for its mandatory vaccine efforts. The island nation's measles outbreak has worsened, claiming claimed 33 lives, despite the country's Mass Vaccination Campaign. Taylor ...
Malia Lameta and Joyce Purcell with boxes of donations
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There's been another death in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 33. All but 4 of the deaths are children under the age of 4, including one who died in the past 24 hours. In that same period, another 249 measles cases were reported, bringing the total to more...
The marijuana raided from Faleatiu
Apia, SAMOA — Eleven people accused of cultivating six marijuana plantations in the Samoan village of Faleatiu have appeared in court. The accused did not enter pleas because police have yet to finalise the charges. The suspects include two couples with one released on bail on condition they...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi without a mask
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's measles epidemic has claimed the lives of 32 people, a sharp increase on a day ago. All but four of the deaths are children under the age of four. Since Monday, 243 cases of the disease have been recorded, with 176 people currently in hospital. Meanwhile, the government said...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's top health official is appealing for help with the measles epidemic as the death toll continues to rise. At least 22 people have died — all but one of them children — and almost a dozen kids are in intensive care. Immunization against measles has been made mandatory under law...
Cans of Bumble Bee tuna
San Diego, CALIFORNIA — Faced with “significant legal challenges”, San Diego-based Bumble Bee Foods LLC, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, and the company has also entered into a purchase agreement with Taiwan-based FCF Co., Ltd to acquire...

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