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Menlo Park, CA — Facebook says it has launched a public education campaign to combat health-related misinformation in the Pacific Islands region. In a time of critical public vaccination efforts, Facebook says its campaign will help people in five Pacific Island countries and territories learn how...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Another by-election is looming in Samoa after a further two MPs agreed to drop their electoral petitions, this time in the Falealupo seat. The caretaker HRPP government's electorate winner and the FAST party candidate have agreed to drop claims of bribery and treating against each...
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Port Moresby PNG — Unexplained deaths spark sorcery claims, torture and murder, as fears build of a COVID-19 'time bomb' in Papua New Guinea. (WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.) When a young boy died suddenly in Tatape Village in Papua New Guinea's (...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has ruled that the FAST party's swearing in at parliament on May 24th was illegal. But it has also ruled that parliament must sit within 7 days, giving FAST the ability to declare government and be sworn in. Currently FAST has 26 seats, while the caretaker HRPP...
Tourists on Waikiki Beach
Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawaii will lift quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements for domestic travelers from the mainland who can show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination early next month, Gov. David Ige said Thursday. The governor also announced he would ease restrictions on social...
Executive members of the Tautua Samoa Party with party president, Luagalau Dr Woods Salele
Apia, SAMOA — The Court of Appeal in Samoa says its ruling from 2 June on the sixth women's seat cannot be used to delay the convening of parliament. The court had said a sixth woman is required to satisfy the constitutional requirements but that any decision on this is to be delayed until after...
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Apia, SAMOA — People in Samoan eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are being urged to do so after new figures show the country's rates of vaccination falling behind other Pacific nations. The Samoa Observer reports the ANZ and Our World in Data survey shows only 35 percent of people have...
Broken glass and scattered slippers
Apia, SAMOA — Three adults were seriously injured and nine others were treated for injuries from a mad rush on Monday to get registered to pick fruit under the seasonal workers scheme in New Zealand and Australia. They came in huge numbers, some arriving at the EFKS Youth Hall at 5am with all hopes...
Samoa Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Court of Appeal has reserved its decision after a request for clarification by the FAST party. FAST narrowly won the election in April but is being stopped from assuming power because its rival, HRPP, is refusing to step down until all election petitions are dealt with. This...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues to wait for the outcome of court cases pertaining to the April election to be resolved after the Supreme Court on Monday met to determine the legality of the non-traditional swearing-in of Parliament held under a tent in the parking lot, after the caretaker PM ordered...

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