NEW ZEALAND - A traveler from Samoa was stopped at Auckland International Airport and a bat's head was seized when he had it listed under his list of declared risk items.

The traveler said his family had eaten the rest of the bat in Samoa and that he was bringing the head with him to show his relatives in New Zealand.

According to Craig Hughes this incident ranks up there in the list of strange things they've seen from passengers.

(SAMOA) – Opening up college scholarship opportunities in the U.S.A. to young athletes in the Independent State of Samoa is the primary goal of a first time exhibition football game set for Friday, 29 June.

"We want to lay the foundation for athletes to work together to bring American football to Samoa so that our youth from Samoa will have the same opportunities and access to scholarships to play for and attend colleges and universities in America – as our youth in American Samoa," said AYFS Matais Head Coach Loso I'aulualo.

(OTAGO, N.Z.) The following is a public lecture given by Samoa Prime Minister Lupesoliai Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at Otago University.

(SAMOA) – The State of Israel sent out a festive, colorful 56th Independence Day message for Samoa via its Twitter account 31 May, 2018.

The tweet reads: "Dear #Samoa" and is accompanied by an image showing the flag of Samoa with a banner that states "Happy Independence Day!"

The Twitter account named "Israel," based in Jerusalem, says it is the State of Israel's official Twitter channel maintained by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs Digital Diplomacy Team.

The message is signed: "Sincerely yours, Israel."

(SAMOA) – This statement from U.S. Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo issued for 'Samoa National Day' is dated 1 June, 2018. It was published on ws.usembassy.gov. Pompeo writes:

Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Samoa celebrate Independence Day.

Since 1971, the United States and the Independent State of Samoa have been close and enduring partners in the Pacific. Our two countries are joined by our shared belief in democracy and freedom.

Together, we have partnered to further these foundational principles across the region.

(SAMOA) – Lau Susuga le Faafeagaiga Maauga Motu - Taitai o le Sauniga

Lau afioga i le Peresetene o le Malo o Nauru, Your Excellency Baron Divavesi Waqa and Your First Lady

Lau afioga i le Peresetene o le Malo o Fiti: Your Excellency Jioji Konousi Konrote and Your First Lady

Lau afioga i le Kovana o le Malo o Amerika Samoa: Afioga Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Your First Lady

Lau afioga i le Ulu o Toelau: Hon. Afega Gaualofa & Your Good Lady

Lau afioga i le Sui o le Fono a Sui Tofia

Lau afioga i le Alii Palemia ma le Kapeneta, ma Minisita Lagolago

(SAMOA) – Fishers from the Pacific and Caribbean have had a rare opportunity to compare notes and nets, thanks to a study tour arranged by FAO’s Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands and counterparts in Caribbean island countries.

FAO, through its subregional office for the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) have just completed the first phase of a Pacific-Caribbean Nearshore Fisherfolk Exchange – a 12-day study tour across three Caribbean island countries.

(SAMOA) – A graphic video showing a man being held at gunpoint, hit in the face and being told to "apologize to Salelevalu" surfaced Tuesday on Facebook.

One man is holding what appears to be a gun to another man's head while interrogating him and instructing him to apologize to Salelavalu.

In response to questions, the victim states he is from Salelologa.

Profanities abound and a third man hits the victim while the gun is being held in his face by the accomplice.

(SAMOA) — Affordable, enviro-friendly feminine hygiene products made in Samoa are now a reality with the launch of MANA, its moniker carefully selected to empower women of the Pacific region to talk about their monthly periods.

"Mana is power, to empower, we chose this name as a means of empowerment, to give women the power to speak about it," said MANA Care Products Co-Creator Angelica Salele-Sefo.