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Filipo Ilaoa, Bonnelley Pa'uulu
Boston, MASS — The 4 million inhabitants of five U.S. territories – Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Marianas Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands – do not have the full protection of the Constitution, because of a series of Supreme Court cases dating back to 1901 that are based on...
Jonathan Pryke
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — China has dramatically scaled back its aid to the Pacific in the past two years. An assessment by Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, showed while various Western nations were raising concerns about Chinese influence in the Pacific, Beijing was cutting back its...
Pacific climate activists demonstrate outside
Milan, ITALY — The Pacific is making a desperate plea to the world's wealthy nations: Step up and deliver on your promises to fight the global climate crisis. The call comes as climate ministers hold final talks before a key UN conference in Glasgow next month. One of the biggest issues holding up...
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa are preparing for their 191st  general conference, a two-day semi-annual meeting that opens this weekend in Utah in the U.S. The two-day event is scheduled for broadcast across Samoa next weekend. There are six...
A Polynesian container ship at sea
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific nations have been joined by their vulnerable Asian counterparts in a call to decarbonize the shipping industry by 2050. Eleven climate-vulnerable Asian nations endorsed the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s call to the International Maritime Organization, which includes a $100...
Pacific islanders showing off their vax
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — More Pasifika teenagers in Aotearoa New Zealand are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 than teenagers in other ethnic groups. The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show 15 percent of Pasifika 12-to-19 year olds are fully vaccinated, compared with eight percent of...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister has put climate change and ocean protection to the fore in a speech to the United Nations. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa told the 76th UN General Assembly in New York that there was no greater challenge facing the global community than climate change - including its...
The USCG Cutter Oliver Berry
HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry crew conducted patrol operations in Samoa’s exclusive economic zone in September 2021, deepening the close partnership with Samoa and promoting resource security within the area.  The Oliver Berry’s crew helped to fill the policing gap for illegal...
Samoa Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — A total of 19,567 Covid shots were administered during Samoa's two day mass vaccination campaign but its below what officials hoped to achieve. The Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri said preliminary figures indicate that 12,228 received their first dose and 7,339 are...
nurses administering covid-19 vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — Today is the second and final day of lockdown in Samoa with health authorities going door to door to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Around 7,000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered on Thursday as part of the two-day roll out. Despite the strict lockdown, from 8am to 6pm, it is not...

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