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.
The national carrier of a South Pacific island has started to charge passengers based on their actual body weight. Samoa Air, which was launched last year, has become the first airline in the world to charge passengers by their body weight.
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.
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.
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.