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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...
Traditional kava ceremony
Apia, SAMOA — Over 40 tattoo artists from around the world were greeted with a traditional kava ceremony to mark the opening of the Tatau Festival Samoa hosted at Taumeasina Island Resort from November 21-23, 2019. The International event also marked the official retirement of Samoa’s Master Tufuga...
Siaosi Asofolau
Apia, SAMOA — Promising national rugby 7s player, Siaosi Asofolau, walked away from court during the week with a clean record when he was discharged without conviction on assault charges. Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma gave the ruling on Friday afternoon. He will, however, have to come up with $600...
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Seattle WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, was charged last week at the federal court in Seattle, Washington under a 17-count indictment. Thirty-nine year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo...
 Aniseko Vaelei listening to his mother in court
Apia, SAMOA — A man who escaped prison in Samoa, invaded homes and robbed businesses in January and February, has been sentenced with ten more years added to his current three year jail term. Aniseko Vaelei escaped from the old Tafaigata prison with another inmate, Pati Chong Nee, who is still on...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Two more people in Samoa have died in the measles outbreak that's killed 22. Samoa's Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said 153 new measles cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1797. About 92 percent of the 147 people being treated at health...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is warning anyone trying to discourage people from getting measles vaccinations to stop it. The country is under a state of emergency as it tries to contain the epidemic, which has so far killed at least 16 people. Under the state of emergency, a compulsory...
Dr Anita Latai-Niusulu interviewing a Samoan farmer at his plantation
Apia, SAMOA — While the rest of the world is struggling to adapt to climate change, Samoan villages are already facing the challenge.  The village of Aopo has moved their entire community further inland as a response to cyclones and extreme weather.  In new research, on the impact of climate change...

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