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Apia, SAMOA — There have been no deaths from Samoa's measles epidemic in the past three days - with the toll standing at 79. Samoa's Ministry of Health said there had been another 28 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 5580. Sixty-four people remain in hospital,...
 A Polynesian Airlines Twin Otter aircraft at Fagali'i Airport in
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Fagali'i International Airport will shut down on the final day of the year for safety reasons. The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang, said the Ministry of Police would take over the site. The minister told the Samoa Observer all flights...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has urged parents not to hide their children from vaccinators or refuse to have them vaccinated. That comes after the death of a baby from Moto'otua, who had allegedly been hidden during the recent door-to-door vaccination campaign...
Guam's congressman, Michael San Nicolas
Hagåtña, GUAM — KUAM News in Guam is reporting that before Congress adjourned for the holiday, Guam's congressman, Michael San Nicolas introduced H.R.5526.  According to Congress.gov H.R.5526 would provide a nonvoting delegate to the Senate to represent American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government is reporting no new deaths from the measles epidemic in the 24 hours ending Sunday (Samoa time). MEASLES UPDATE The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,520 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There...
Va'asiliifiti Moelagi Jackson.
Savaii, SAMOA — One of Samoa's trailblazing women, Va'asiliifiti Moelagi Jackson, was farewelled yesterday at a funeral on Savaii. She died on Wednesday at the age of 77.  At a time when it was uncommon for women to be bestowed matai titles, Va'asiliifiti was made a high chief at the age of just 22...
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Apia, SAMOA — A former board chair of the National Bank of Samoa has been convicted of indecent assault. Peter Arthur Meredith, who is a prominent businessman, was found to have indecently assaulted a woman who is a manager of a tourist resort. The incident took place in July at a house rented by...
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Apia, SAMOA — Another child has died from the measles epidemic in Samoa, bringing the death toll to 78. Samoa's Ministry of Health said a child under the age of five had died in the past day. There have been another 39 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours (ending Friday Samoa time), taking the...
Kolani Junior Lam
Apia, SAMOA — Kolani Junior Lam has been found guilty of the murder of his wife Sa'u Justina Sa'u - the late chief executive of the Unit Trust of Samoa. He has been sentenced to a life prison term. Supreme Court judge, Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa, has also found the defendant guilty of one count...
Nurse Fa'atafa Tavita (R) speaking with a father holding his child at the Apia Town Clinic
Apia, SAMOA — Another child under the age of five has died in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 77 on Thursday (Samoa time). The age group makes up almost all of the dead - 121 people remain in hospital, including 17 critically ill children. There were another 53 measles cases recorded...

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