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Chikungunya virus confirmed in American Samoa

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The Health Department in American Samoa says it has confirmed the acute rash outbreak as cases of Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue fever.


Weather hampering American Samoa plane search

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

Windy weather and high sea swells are making it difficult for searchers looking for a man missing after his plane crashed into the sea off American Samoa.


Ancient settlement remnants found in Tongan village

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Remnants of an ancient settlement outside the small village of Nukuleka, in Tonga, have been excavated by a team of Canadian archaeologists.


Disaster warning system in Solomons to be strengthened

Homes have been left uninhabitable after the flooding.

The Japanese government has given Solomon Islands a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to strengthen the country's early warning system for disasters.


Solomon Islands opens Cuba embassy

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

Solomon Islands has officially opened an embassy in Cuba, creating history as the only Pacific Island Country with an embassy there.


Cook Islands sevens start afresh

Cook Islands Rugby Sevens player, Kairan Mahia, and teammates.

The Cook Islands sevens team is hopeful a strong showing in Glasgow can help banish the memories of last month's heavy loss in Rugby World Cup qualifying.


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  • Dateline Pacific morning edition for 25 July 2014 ( 19′ 47″ )

    French Polynesia's president looks set to lose his office; Cook Islands Party election victory is marred by allegations of bribery and miscounts;An NGO warns against Fiji's ratification of a free trade agreement with Europe;Women leaders in Tonga meet for elections training;Vanuatu's oldest political party continues to reconcile with other parties; American Samoa's biggest retail store faces an invasion of rats.


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