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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital sign
Apia, SAMOA — Twenty three corpses are still in Samoan government mortuaries awaiting post mortems, with having been there for more than 12 months. TV1Samoa reported the numbers were confirmed by Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, who said the problem was the country did not have a...
Panmure-Otahuhu's Labour MP Jenny Salesa
South Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A government MP in South Auckland is calling on constituents to be kind and compassionate following the latest community outbreak of Covid-19 in the area. Three cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the weekend, plunging Auckland into Level 3 lockdown and the rest...
Samoa coronavirus banner
Apia, SAMOA — On 12th February 2021, a 16 year – old male passenger who arrived with his mother from California, USA on repatriation flight NZ990 tested positive for Covid 19 on arrival in Samoa and again on repetition while in managed isolation at the TTM Isoalation Unit last night.  He is...
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the country's biggest city Auckland to go into lockdown after the discovery of three new local cases of Covid-19. The measures will last three days and require residents to stay at home. Ms Ardern said the country was...
Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church headquarters in Māngere
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A church in Auckland has been struck off the Charities Register after its employees stole millions of dollars in church funds, and poured millions more into dubious investments. It follows a two-year probe into the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC)...
Turned in weapons on display
Apia, SAMOA — Almost 200 illegal guns have been handed in by people in Samoa in a gun amnesty which ended yesterday. A total of 198 weapons were collected. The firearms comprised rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Ammunition totalling 686 for the various firearms were also handed to the Police....
Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Nikolao Pula
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is announcing the award of $1,033,100 in CARES Act grant funding to help Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be administered by ...
Samoa court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 69-year-old man in Samoa has pleaded not guilty on two counts of murder and one count each of possession of unlawful weapon and armed with a dangerous weapon. The two victims in Afega village were attacked in the early hours of last month's New Year celebrations. The accused, Vaotu'...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government says it's considering increasing criminal penalties for drug trafficking following a recent spate of intercepted drugs at the border. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on TV3 Samoa that there was a need to reconsider penalties of drug convictions. His...
Proud Boys Nick Ochs, left, and Nicholas DeCarlo pose
WASHINGTON — Hawaii Proud Boy Nicholas Ochs faces a series of new criminal charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a pro-Trump mob intent on stopping Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed an...

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