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PNG's   Charles Punaha concerned about Facebook–Cambridge Analytica
Apia, SAMOA — Concerns about fake news and the impact of social media in the Pacific Islands are some of the challenges that authorities in the region have to address. Chairman of Policy and Regulation Forum for the Pacific, Charles Punaha, said this recently when discussing issues that will be...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is today marking 20 years since he became the country's leader. He is the longest serving prime minister in the Pacific region. In his weekly radio interview, Tuila'epa said doctors had reassured him he was in good health with a...
Apia, SAMOA — A 41-year-old Samoan man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to cultivating marijuana plants for sale. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson told Ulugia Sala Suivai of Vaiusu the penalties for drug sellers must be severe. Police said when they searched the defendant's home...
A team of 13 sailors
Apia, SAMOA — A team of 13 sailors, 2 coaches, and many parents and supporters from the Sailing Association of American Samoa (SAASI) traveled to Apia this weekend for this year’s Fealofani Cup Regatta. Fifteen-year-old Victor Chen took Gold in the Olympic Class Open Laser event. Victor began...
People walk through debris in Samoa's capital Apia, Dec. 14, 2012, after cyclone Evan
Apia, SAMOA — ‘First and worst’ is how environmental campaigners describe the impact of climate change on the people of Samoa in the South Pacific. The Polynesian nation of 200,000 people fears it will feel the full force of more frequent tropical cyclones, and that rising sea levels will drive...
Roite Tinei of Toamua-Uta
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service has appealed to the public for assistance in locating a young girl. Roite Tinei of Toamua-Uta, 15, was last seen on Thursday and left her family home around 4.00 pm and is yet to return. The Samoa Police Service has appealed to the public for assistance in...
CHARGED: Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa Malietoa Fa'amausili Moli has been charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. The Samoa Observer said this followed an incident at his Fagali'i residence last month, when a gun was allegedly discharged. A Courts Administration official said Malietoa Fa'amausili had been...
Tupua Tamasese Meaola Hospital
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Health has advised that for the first time since 2012, two new cases of the H.I.V. virus have been detected in Samoa. The two patients who tested positive for the virus—which over time can lead to Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome (A.I.D.S.)—have begun treatment. ...
Village children walk past a cross planted at Faleula
Apia, SAMOA — The 29-year-old daughter of a Cabinet Minister, Rose Hope Ah Leong, who pleaded guilty to negligent driving causing death, has been given a 12 months probation sentence and a $1,000 fine. The decision was delivered by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali'i yesterday....
Apia, SAMOA — The cutting of native trees and the existence of invasive species are increasingly putting a threat to the endemic manumea bird population in Samoa. With the manumea species declining in numbers, the Samoa Conservation Society Environmental and Geographic Information System Specialist...

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