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Samoa PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will have a year-long celebration for its 60th Independence anniversary starting June 1. A submission from the Independence Organizing Committee was approved by Cabinet. The official celebrations will start with local thanksgiving services with the main celebrations to be held...
Robert Richmond
Honolulu, HAWAII — A research professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is part of an independent panel of global experts on nuclear issues that is consulting with Pacific nations after Japan proposed discharging treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Robert Richmond, a research...
Samoa Motootua National Hospital hallway
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's youngest COVID-19 patient to be hospitalized - a toddler who also had severe pneumonia - has been discharged from hospital in what is being described as a miracle. Head paediatritian Papalii Kamu Tito said the girl has been taken home after being in an induced coma for five...
A destroyed area in Kyiv, Ukraine
Detroit, MICHIGAN — The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a bitter reminder that there is no end to the horrific suffering that humans are sometimes willing to inflict on others. Over the past several years, a seemingly endless stream of painful stories and images coming out of Syria, Yemen and now...
PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will open its international borders from August. In a special announcement aired on Facebook on Monday night, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said the island nation is set to open its international borders in August and September. A specific date was not given. The move is...
A plate of yellowfin sashimi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over the past 25 years, successful Pacific Ocean fisheries partnerships supported the world’s largest tuna fishery—nearly 60 per cent of global tuna catch — to transform from a potentially unsustainable fishery to one of the most effectively managed large-scale fisheries...
 Lataro Island is now called Satoshi Island
Satoshi Island, VANUATU — A tiny island off Vanuatu's Espiritu Santo Island could become a haven for people who want to live exclusively in a digital world. What was Lataro Island is now called Satoshi Island - Satoshi being a word that has become synonymous with the digital currency world. The...
Climate Change logo
Jinan, CHINA — China Internet Information Center is reporting China and Pacific Island countries reached consensus on joint cooperative measures to tackle climate change at a conference held on Thursday in east China's Shandong Province. The unveiling ceremony of the cooperation center for China...
Manasseh Sogavare and Li Ming
Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS — The United States has drawn a line in the sand for Solomon Islands regarding its recently signed security cooperation agreement with China. In a meeting on Friday, US National Security Council Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell conveyed Washington DC's concerns with...
APIA TOWN
Apia, SAMOA — The village mayor of Apia, Tuiletufuga Fritz Tuiavi'i, was arrested for driving under the influence after a traffic incident. He was fined for breaching the State of Emergency Orders by being on the streets during the curfew hours when arrested on Thusday. The acting Police...

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