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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.

Major disasters hit South Asia

Almost simultaneously, disasters and calamities occurred in South Asia, including Samoa, during the last two weeks. The typhoons have killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands in calamity affected areas.

Fear for new tsunami after earthquake hits Sumatra

Barely a day after a tsunami struck the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa, a tsunami warning was issued after an earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Tsunami kills more than 100 people in Samoa, capital swamped

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off Samoa resulted in a tsunami hitting the islands five minutes later. Locals did get warning, but that time span wasn’t enough. The capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago, looks like a bomb site.

7.8 Earthquake Hits Samoa; Tsunami Warning Follows

The Samoa islands have been stuck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Tsunami watch has been alerted for New Zealand, American Samoa , and the Hawaiian islands.

Samoan Drivers Switch to Left Side of Road

Today, citizens of the Independent State of Samoa has marked the island nation's switch from right to left-side-driving on the road, with the blaring of car horns and the ringing of church bells, while onlookers clapped and cheered by the roadside.

Youth groups want action against global warming

Over 800 young environmentalist from 110 different countries gather Monday, to discuss possible courses of action that will lessen the effects of climate change.

Study says pregnant women has higher risk with swine flu

In a recent swine flu-related study. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have concluded that pregnant women who get the dreaded virus are four times more likely to be hospitalized as compared to other swine flu patients.
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