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sea sponge
Perth, AUSTRALIA — A study of marine sponges has found global temperature rises may have already exceeded 1.5 degrees. The University of Western Australia-led research extracted 300 years of ocean temperature records preserved in ancient sea sponges. Lead author Emeritus Professor Malcolm McCulloch...
Man with legs bandaged from pig attack
Apia, SAMOA — In a bizarre and horrific incident that happened two weeks ago, a pig attacked three men who received serious injuries needing hospitalization and terrorized a village on the outskirts of Apia. The incident has left many in the village claiming that the pig was possessed and rumours...
Tricia Emberson drawing a bowl of kava
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A Nuku'alofa business has started to sell 'sparkling kava' on tap for those interested in tasting the traditional brew. Tricia Emberson and her family owned Pacific Brewing Tonga business launched the initiative at their Reload Bar in Nuku'alofa last week. The project has been a...
drug evidence
Apia, SAMOA — The Minister of Police Faualo Harry Schuster says statistics on hard drugs show it is not increasing but the street value of ice has doubled over the years rejecting the possibility it is manufactured locally. For the first time, the statistics from the Ministry of Police on their...
Fiji meth suspects
Lautoka, FIJI — A Fiji court has granted bail to 13 people charged in relation to the seizure of almost five tons of methamphetamine. The Nadi Magistrates Courts has placed the accused under a curfew and ordered them to report to the Nadi Police Station. The accused will appear at the Lautoka High...
Minister of Education Seu'ula Ioane Tua'a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Member of Parliament says a “brain drain" is the main reason for senior students in Samoa taking on teaching roles. Aleipata Itupa I Luga MP Fuaava Suluimālō Amataga said complaints were reported to him by parents of children attending schools in his district. Speaking...
u.s. dept of defense logo
WASHINGTON — As US-China tensions continue over Taiwan’s independence, economic competitiveness, and defense issues, the US military is building up its presence in Guam. Guam is considered vulnerable, leading the federal government to prepare for further militarization. The island already hosts...
Luciane Buchanan
Park City, UTAH — Two Tongan-New Zealand filmmakers are behind the short film Lea Tupu'anga Mother Tongue, helping people to grapple with cultural identity and language trauma, as the story explores a young woman's journey to reconnect with her Tongan heritage. The film was selected out of 17,000...
cnmi beach
Saipan, CNMI — The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas (CNMI) will now have a new program to attract tourists from the People's Republic of China following the Department of Homeland Security's decision to go ahead with the CNMI Economic Vitality & Security Travel Authorization Program. EVS-TAP,...
METH PIPE
Apia, SAMOA — Apia will focus its attention on how it will go about preventing the worst-case scenario involving the use of meth or 'aisa' and prioritize the involvement of teenagers and minors. The village mayor of Apia, Tuiletufuga Fritz Tuiavii explained that the matter will not be taken lightly...

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