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Japanese tourist dies while snorkeling in Guam

Canada.com reports that a Japanese tourist has drowned in Guam, the fourth water-related death there in the last week. Pacific Daily News reports (http://is.gd/bMJce9) the 47-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was pronounced dead Thursday after being pulled from the waters near Ypao Beach. A windsurfer pulled the man who had been snorkeling out of the water near the Pacific Islands Club buoy line. Read article

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Four New Zealanders killed in car crash in Samoa

According to stuff.co.nz, a family reunion in Samoa turned to tragedy when a New Zealand woman and three of her brothers were killed in a head-on crash. The crash, just before 5pm on Tuesday near the eastern beach of Lalomanu, claimed the lives of Valelia Faofua, 64, and three of her brothers: Manuele Alefosio and [...]

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Elderly Japanese tourist drowns while diving off the coast of Guam

Allvoices.com reports that the blue waters around Guam took the life of drowned diver yesterday. In the words of the Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola: “The body of a 74-year-old man was dragged limp from the waters of Tumon Bay on Tuesday. Espinola added that neither body has been autopsied. Read article

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Mariana Islands: Resort employee accused of raping Korean tourist

According to saipantribune.com, a clubmate at the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly raping a female tourist in the hotel’s beach area. Bradley Demapan, 26, was arrested on charges of sexual assault, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace. He is expected to be taken to the Superior [...]

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New Zealand woman nearly killed by parasite picked up from salad in Fiji

According to nzherald.co.uk, a mid-winter escape to Fiji turned into a near-death experience for an Auckland woman. Mary Kent needed time out last month and headed off to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Photos of the 26-year-old marketing and sales manager show her laughing, relaxing in five-star resorts and dining at luxury restaurants during her five-day [...]

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Papua New Guinea: Four Chinese nationals killed in bakery in Port Moresby

Xinhua News reports that four Chinese were stabbed to death in a bakery on Monday in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby, confirmed by the Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea. Cao Junjun, Chinese diplomat in Papua New Guinea, told Xinhua on Wednesday, “the three men and a woman were in a bakery when [...]

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Two Chinese tourists drown at resort in Fiji

According to chinadaily.com, two Chinese tourists have drowned while diving at a resort in Fiji, the Chinese embassy confirmed Tuesday. The two male Chinese nationals, 21, studying in the University of Waikato in New Zealand, drowned around 5:30 pm Monday while snorkel diving in the Nacula waters of the Yasawa Group of islands in Ba [...]

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Solomon Islands: Dengue fever continues to surge, 485 new cases past week

According to theglobaldispatch.com, “In a follow up to a story ten days ago, the dengue fever outbreak that has plagued the Oceanic country is showing no sign of slowing, according to a Radio New Zealand report yesterday. Health officials in Honiara say the country reported 485 new cases in just the past week. The Solomon [...]

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Solomon Islands Health Alert: Dengue outbreak kills 3, infects hundreds & spreading

As reported by theprovince.com, “An outbreak of dengue fever in the Solomon Islands has killed three people, infected hundreds more and is straining the medical system of the South Pacific island nation. Health authorities in the Solomons and Australia said Tuesday that at least 1,700 people are suspected to have contracted the disease since the [...]

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New Zealand: American tourist injured during hike, rescued by mule

As reported by stuff.co.nz, “A wrong step and an injured ankle turned a walk in the Hooker Valley into a holiday adventure an American tourist could probably have done without. What the visitor did get was first-hand experience of New Zealand’s search and rescue service. The 57-year-old woman took a tumble while walking on the [...]

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