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Wayne King, right, with Rima Moeka'a
Madrid, SPAIN — Pacific countries will be trying to apply as much pressure as possible in the latest round of UN climate talks, says the director of the Cook Islands climate change office. The negotiations - known as COP25 - began yesterday in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Over two weeks,...
Sevens Team Mates send Laaloi Leilua well wishes for his return home.
Dubai, UAE — The Manu Samoa Sevens squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus. Sir Gordon Tietchens announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page. “Laaloi...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi addressing Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is to shut down on Thursday and Friday this week so all public sector workers can help with the country's mass measles vaccination campaign. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Maleilegaoi announced the measure on Monday evening in a nationwide address. He said all...
 File photo of police canine on drug sniffing duty at Mulifanua Wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs. Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the...
Screenshot from 1 News Now video of girls at Elei
Otara, NEW ZEALAND — Fridays after school is a time most kids will be celebrating the oncoming weekend, but for a group of girls in Otara, the learning doesn’t stop. Elei Dance was founded by Lorna Fa’alafi and is based in South and West Auckland. The group was set up to help young girls take...
Mother holding baby as doctor touches its head
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying this weekend. Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise. More than 1700 children less than four years old are...
Miss Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu shortly after being crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019.
Port Moresby, PNG — Miss Samoa Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019 at the pageant finale in Papua New Guinea Saturday night.   Ms McFarland-Seumanu also won the major categories of Best Traditional Wear and Best Interview at the regional event.   Samoa had not...
Nuu and Baby Mina
Apia, SAMOA — “I can’t sleep at night. Everytime I close my eyes I see her little face and I start to cry. I miss her so much and when I remember our 1 week and 2 days of pain in the hospital, watching her lying hopeless on the bed, fighting for her life I cry myself to sleep”. Nuu Faailo Lameko is...
Fritz Alai'asa's clinic in Vaivase-Ta
Apia, SAMOA — A controversial 'healer' in Samoa - who attacked a Checkpoint crew who tried to talk to him this week - has been shut down by authorities as the measles crisis escalates. Forty-four people are now dead, with the health authorities urging the country's parents to immunize their...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44. Five more deaths, including two of babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours. The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of...

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