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Pacific's Samoa records first case of coronavirus

Apia - Samoa announced its first case of Covid-19 on Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to spread to previously untouched Pacific island nations.

No reprieve as Samoa measles death toll hits 70

Apia - A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, data released Monday showed, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children.

Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes

Apia - Samoa has banned the blockbuster Elton John biopic "Rocketman" from cinemas over depictions of gay sex, which remains illegal in the Pacific island nation.

Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action

Apia - Pacific island leaders on Friday demanded urgent action from the global community to address climate change, following fresh warnings that the region would be hit harder than anywhere else on Earth.

Pacific islands can't tackle climate change alone: World Bank

Apia - Climate change will hit the Pacific harder than anywhere else on Earth and the region's tiny island nations need major international aid to deal with the challenge, the World Bank said Thursday.

Young woman's stigmata claim tests religious harmony in Samoa

Apia - Claims that a young woman developed Christ-like wounds after playing Jesus in a play have sharply divided opinion in Samoa, igniting debate over whether the bleeding cuts to her body are miraculous or a hoax.

Snowden docs: New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for NSA

Wellington - New Zealand has been spying on its small, friendly Pacific neighbors and Indonesia and is sharing the intelligence with international allies including the US National Security Agency, according to new revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Apia - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.

Op-Ed: George Zimmerman will be found not guilty of second degree murder

The tragic death of young Trayvon Martin is back in the news daily as the trial of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, wraps up. The prosecution and defense will begin closing arguments Thursday.

2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Perfect Spinnaker Start

Sydney - A flying start before the wind as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race provides Boxing Day entertainment for the sixty eighth consecutive year.

Cyclone Evan leaves devastation in Fiji

More than 8000 people have been forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers in Fiji, as Cyclone Evan hits the Pacific nation with strong winds and heavy rain.

Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoan Islands, 2 dead

Apia - The first reported storm of the South Pacific cyclone season triggers flooding and structural damage, with two people dead.

Samoa to skip an entire day

The tiny Pacific island nation of Samoa will skip an entire day on Friday as the international dateline is adjusted. The adjustment is being made so that the nation will be up to date with other international economic powers.

Gummy bears as underwater crush test dummies

Gummy bears were one of the items chosen to take part in underwater crush tests, but filming was halted when the "crush cam" ended up being crushed.

Idyllic South Pacific islands running dangerously low on water

Two Polynesian islands in the South Pacific are running so low on water its residents expect to run out of drinking water within one to two weeks. Tokelau and Tuvalu are typical tropical islands of paradise but now they face an environmental crisis.

South Pacific nation Nauru listed as world's fattest nation

The top ten fattest nations in the world for the year 2010 have been released. Think the United States or Canada, known for their numerous fast food restaurants, are number one? Nauru, a tiny South Pacific island, topped the list.

Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks Samoa-Tonga region

Apia - Another strong earthquake has been reported. A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked the Samoa-Tonga region. No aftershocks have yet been reported and the proper authorities have not issued a tsunami alert.

Feds Recommend Gutting Homes Made With Tainted Chinese Drywall

New guidelines released by the U.S. CPSC recommend gutting thousands of home tainted by corrosive, potentially unhealthy Chinese drywall. Some samples of the drywall emit 100 times as much hydrogen sulfide as drywall made elsewhere

Samoan MP calls Speaker a 'testicle'

An unknown Samoan Member of Parliament has shocked and stunned his country by calling the Parliamentary Speaker a "bad name."

WWE Wrestler Umaga dead at 36

Former WWE superstar Eddie "Umaga" Fatu, who had his contract with the WWE terminated in June, died today of a suspected heart attack, according to WWE's site.
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