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Bleaching coral
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The heat in the world's oceans reached a new record last year, reveals a new analysis. The authors - a team of US and Chinese scientists who compiled data from nearly 4000 sensors across the oceans - say it shows the irrefutable and accelerating heat of the planet. The...
Forcast path of tropical depression
Nadi, FIJI — A tropical depression continues to strengthen as it moves towards Fiji, and is forecast to intensify into a cyclone tonight. The system is forecast to swerve south of Rotuma tonight, before tracking close to a major town, Labasa, tomorrow as a category one or two cyclone. The Fiji...
View of Apia, Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — A former primary school teacher from Ti'avea is facing indecent assault charges related to four students in Samoa. The victims are from the age of 12 to 15 years. The alleged offences occurred between 2017 and 2019. The accused, Sola Alimanu, 69, is in police custody and will appear...
Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Global News is reporting that Samoa’s Police Service responded to 823 calls from the public throughout the festive season averaging 75 calls a day over the 11 days from 23 December 2019 to 03 January 2020. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News Police Commissioner Su’a...
Tonga's King Tupou VI  speaking at U.N.
UN Headquarter, NEW YORK — Tonga is one of seven countries to lose their votes at the United Nations General Assembly because it hasn't paid its fees. The United Nations said the seven were so far behind in paying their dues that they are losing their voting privileges in the 193-member General...
 Completed sections of the Manatua Cable.
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — Avaroa Cable Ltd has confirmed that the Manatua One Polynesia submarine cable system has successfully been brought ashore in Rutaki village, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The cable will provide world class international connectivity to Rarotonga and Aitutaki when it goes live...
French flag.
Paris, FRANCE — Fiji, Vanuatu, Guam and the two Samoas have been added to France's blacklist of non-cooperative countries and territories in fiscal matters. Paris updates the list annually and it now comprises 13 countries, including Panama, Oman as well as the British and US Virgin Islands. They...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has ruled out an amnesty for parents whose children are yet to be fully vaccinated for measles. A law was passed at the height of the ongoing measles epidemic in December, mandating parents to ensure their children are vaccinated and making it a prerequisite for...
Front cover of Islands Business magazine showing Jacinda Ardern — New Zealand Prime Minister
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named 'Pacific Person of the Year' by regional publication Islands Business magazine. It is only the second time the title has been given to a person of non-Pacific heritage, with former Australian Prime Minister John...
RSE workers from Samoa working in Bostock orchard
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan seasonal worker in Australia has died over the Christmas and New Year period. A source said the worker, 23, from Sa'anapu village had spent Christmas with some relatives living in Australia when he drowned. The man worked as a fruit picker in a Victoria farm. The...

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