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Island nation of Samoa skips Friday

  The weekend is arriving a day early for the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where officials have decided to jump forward in time by removing Dec. 30 from this year’s calendar. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

Drought triggers water aid to 2 island nations

The U.S., Australia and New Zealand were sending water aid via aircraft and a Coast Guard cutter to two South Pacific island nations facing severe drought. Full story

Island nations warn of climate disaster

The Palestinians want the United Nations to recognize a state. And the island nation of Tuvalu wants the United Nations to act — now — to keep their state above water. Full story

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