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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa could have a new deputy prime minister by next Tuesday with parliament reconvening earlier than expected. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the political party whip of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party, Alai'asā Sepulona Moananu, saying caucus members will vote for a...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan deputy prime minister has quit Cabinet and the country's Human Rights Protection Party, in a defection over controversial proposals to amend the constitution. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is also natural resources minister, quit on Friday after meeting with constituents over the...
Honolulu, Hawaii — Lt. Gov. Josh Green has tested positive for COVID-19, he has confirmed to Hawaii News Now. It was not immediately clear whether the news would impact the governor — or if Green had had close contact with any other public officials who may need to be tested. According to the...
Woman cleaning off a table
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Environment Protection Agency is warning about products that falsely claim to kill the coronavirus. Hawaii Public Radio reports that it has denied entry to 25 shipments containing about 5,000 illegal products like disinfectant wipes. The EPA says most of the...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan deputy prime minister has quit Cabinet and the country's Human Rights Protection Party, in a defection over controversial proposals to amend the constitution. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is also natural resources minister, quit on Friday after meeting with constituents over the...
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints temple in Apia
Salt Lake City, UTAH — Some influential Latter-day Saint women, including a former judge, an ex-legislator, academics, authors and musicians, have banded together with one goal in mind: Defeat Donald Trump in November. “Our current president is dishonest, incompetent and uncaring about people who...
Car at a Covid-19 testing point in Guam with medical people standing by.
Hagåtña, GUAM — Twenty one people have now died from Covid-19 in Guam. The latest death was a 74-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions that were compounded by the coronavirus. She was admitted to Guam Memorial Hospital on 25 August and died on Thursday morning. There have been six...
A whale diving off an island in Tonga
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — A whale researcher in the Cook Islands thinks climate change is affecting the annual humpback migration from Antarctica. Nan Hauser, who has been observing the migration for 23 years, said she's noticed a significant delay in their arrival in the past two years. This year...
Air New Zealand plane parked up at Auckland Airport
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa repatriation flight from New Zealand scheduled for this Friday has been delayed until the 18th of September. The government said the delay had been caused by "flight availability". The flight is designated for returning citizens and seasonal workers. Meanwhile, a repatriation...
Apia, SAMOA —  Last week Samoa launched the process to fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Third National Communications (3NC) and the first Biennial Update Report (BUR)...

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