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Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has reiterated Samoa’s position in condemning Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, while expressing regret at the rising death toll from the war.  Speaking in a video interview with the Government Press Secretariat this past weekend, Fiame said...
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has confirmed 25 of Samoa's front-line workers on the wharf have been isolated when four crew members of a cargo vessel had tested positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in American Samoa. Samoa was the last place they docked, on 1st March. This was...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga Cable Ltd says the country's domestic telecommunications cable may take up to a year to fix. The cable was ripped apart by January's devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Tonga Cable chief executive James Panuve says up to 110km of a special cable may have to be...
Samoa Parliament assembly room
Apia, SAMOA — Two Samoan female MPs still await the outcome of legal challenges in order to be sworn in and enter Parliament. Two H.R.P.P. members (Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau and Fagasealii Sapoa Feagai) have formally challenged the Speaker for delaying their swearing-in as MPs. But, Speaker Papali'i...
USCG Cutter Juniper and USCG cutter Joseph Gerczak at sea
Honolulu, HAWAII — Working with the Government of Samoa, crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB 201) and USCGC Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) conducted security patrol operations in Samoa’s exclusive economic zone throughout February 2022, to protect fisheries and other natural resources....
Women at last church service on Bikini Atoll
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The Marshall Islands is today remembering those affected by nuclear testing in their country. 1st March is a national holiday to allow people to commemorate Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day. It was 1st March, 1954, when the United States most powerful hydrogen bomb...
Suva, FIJI — The head of the Pacific Islands Forum has condemned the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine. In a statement, Secretary-General Henry Puna said the region has "observed from afar the violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as Russia's blatant disregard...
Mulipola Anarosa 'Ale Molio'o and Su'a Julia Wallwork
Apia, SAMOA — Vulnerable families in Samoa are being assisted with new housing as part of a partnership between the Samoan government and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). In 2020 the Samoan government allocated 1 million tala from its stimulus package to assist struggling...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Suva, FIJI — The invasion of Ukraine is likely to have a signficant impact on the Pacific, warns a senior USP academic. On Thursday, Russia commenced a massive invasion of neighboring Ukraine. More than 100 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed in the fighting so far. The invasion has...
Pati Sonny Siaosi Faaofo
Apia, SAMOA — It’s been 3 years now since Pati Chong Nee escaped from the Tafa’igata prison, and the police again failed to capture him during a major search operation in dense forest and difficult terrain close to Lake Lanoto’o, two weeks ago. Acting Police Commissioner, Afamasaga Samuelu...

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