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Cessna 402C that crashed near Port Moresby
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Papua New Guinea's record drug seizure means other countries around the Pacific will need to be extra vigilant according to a regional security analyst. Last week PNG police seized over 500 kilogrammes of cocaine valued at $US58-million they believed was destined for...
Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson
Darwin, AUSTRALIA — U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Fautua Thompson, intermediate supply activity chief, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, is participating in the planning and execution of MRF-D 20.2 on Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, in Darwin, NT, Australia, June 10, 2020. An Aunu’u,...
Ruth Mataafa
Sydney, AUSTRALIA, — Ruth Mataafa was killed by her ex-partner on Saturday afternoon at a home in Bidwell in Western Sydney in front of family members. Police officers found 22-year-old Mataafa outside the home with multiple stab wounds to her chest, side and back. She was treated by NSW Ambulance...
I Love Samoa poster
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first lineup announcements have been made for a series of concerts in New Zealand, which aim to raise funds for the families of measles victims in Samoa. The 'I Love Samoa 2020' concerts will take place in Auckland, Wellington, and Australia's Gold Coast from the end...
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...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways regrets to inform our customers that all flight services from today (Sunday 5th January 2020) through to Wednesday 8th January have been rescheduled due to operational reasons caused by weather related issues in Sydney, Australia. Passengers affected by the disruption to...
New Years fireworks at Sydney Opera House 2020
(AP) — Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020 so far: SAMOA In Samoa, New Year’s Eve was more somber...
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — Victoria has cancelled the visas of 20 gang members over the past three years in a crackdown on youth violence.  Nineteen more visas are 'under active cancellation consideration', The Australian reported.  Those who have had their visas cancelled include people with...
An action shot from the 2019 Australian Open Club Championships
Adelaide, AUSTRALIA —  The American Samoa Women’s Beach Handball Team competed in Adelaide Australia this past February, placing second to 12 Australian Club teams in the 2019 Australian Open Club Championships.  Unlike the Oceania Championships in which players must hold a passport from the...
Two members (left and right in black) of the American Samoa National Men’s Beach Handball Team
Adalaide, AUSTRALIA  — The territory’s National Handball Association, fielding its first men’s team for an international competition, beat Kiribati for the first time in an Oceania game. American Samoa also won over Cook Islands during the Australian Beach Handball match. They took 4th place in the...

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