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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.

Probe into Samoa infant deaths after vaccine jabs

Wellington - International health experts launched an investigation Thursday into why two Samoan infants died shortly after receiving childhood vaccination injections in a tragedy that has rocked the close-knit Pacific nation.

Samoa creates huge shark sanctuary

Wellington - The island nation of Samoa has declared its waters a shark sanctuary, joining a string of other Pacific countries in protecting the marine predators.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele said the move would help sustain a vital part of the ocean's ecosystem....

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Nukalofa - International aid began trickling in on Wednesday to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escaped the worst of the storm's fury.

Blackouts, flooding as cyclone batters Tongan capital

Nukalofa - A battered Nuku'alofa began cleaning up Tuesday after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the tiny Pacific nation.

Tonga declares state of emergency as cyclone looms

Nukalofa - Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday as the Pacific island kingdom braces for a direct hit by a powerful cyclone that is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.

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.

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.

Airline passengers charged by their body weight

Apia - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Tropical cyclone Evan hits the Samoan Islands  December 13  2012
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