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Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa take first sip of 'ava
Apia, SAMOA — Former Samoa deputy prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, has been named leader of the country's newest political party. The caucus of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST, party was united in the decision to elect Fiame leader during a meeting on Tuesday. Former HRPP MP and...
Maluseu Doris Tulifau in American Samoa with ASCC student in 2019
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has soared globally, and the Pacific has some of the world's highest rates of violence against women. Five feminists from the Pacific chose to acknowledge International Women's Day this year by sharing their ideas on tackling...
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WASHINGTON — The Interior Department this week took steps to recommit to scientific integrity and empower the agency’s scientific and technical experts to use the best available science. Signed on Interior’s 172nd birthday and the 142nd birthday for the U.S. Geological Survey, secretarial order...
Dr. Adam Robinson, right, talks to a nurse
Honolulu, HAWAII — Dr. Adam Robinson wants the VA and the Army to better combine resources to help more patients Honolulu, HAWAII — The agency that oversees veterans affairs for the Pacific has its headquarters at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu alongside the medical command for active duty...
 Samoa First Union rep  Saina Tomi
Apia, SAMOA — Aisoli Faapusa Te’o was removed from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) cruise ship he had been working on after he allegedly stabbed another sailor in an incident that he says was self-defense. Aisoli insists that he had acted in defense of a young Samoan sailor who was being...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former Deputy Prime Minister says allegations of treason and breaches of standing orders are a 'bit of an election ploy. The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, ordered a Commission of Inquiry to look into the behaviour of Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, and three other MPs...
From left, Faumuina Wayne Fong, Olo Fiti Vaai, former Deputy PM Fiame Naomi Mataafa and La'auli Leuatea Polataivao
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former deputy prime minister and three other Opposition MPs are to be investigated for alleged treasonous activities and breaches of Standing Orders. A Commission of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the behaviour of Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who recently left the governing...
Saipan in the Northern Marianas
Saipan, NORTHERN MARIANNAS — Efforts are being made to change the rules over who can own land in the Northern Marianas. Currently the constitution restricts the ownership of land to people of Northern Marianas descent. But a legislative initiative from Senate President, Jude Hofschneider, aims to...
Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan authorities are likely to extend the quarantine period for 160 repatriated passengers who arrived three weeks ago if a 16-year-old male on their flight continues to test positive for Covid-19. Newsline Samoa reports the young carrier, who has been in isolation at the Tupua...
James Moniz
Honolulu, HAWAII — About 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, a car was stolen from the Aloha Gas station in Waianae. Witnesses say it was parked at the pump when a man jumped in the driver’s seat and took off. And in the passenger’s seat: A baby in her car seat. When the thief realized the baby was there,...

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