Samoa's island population of just 200,000 has been gripped by the highly infectious disease that has killed 81 people, most of them babies and young children, and infected more than 5,600 people.
The immunisation, carried out under emergency powers, is a desperate bid to halt measles infection rates that have been inexorably rising since mid-October, with most of the victims young children.
In all, 53 people have died since late October. Most of those who have died have been babies and young infants, including 23 babies aged under 12 months and another 25 children aged between 1 and 4 years.
Officials declared a state of emergency and said a compulsory immunisation programme was making progress, with more than 17,000 people vaccinated in the past five days.
Hundreds of mourners packed a church service and children held vigils on downtown streets as Tonga observed a national holiday to bid farewell to prime minister Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral.
Dozens of volunteers are taking part in the Muslim Community Patrol. New York police have been training them on dealing with issues that they could encounter in their role as community workers.
As a country that prides itself on its liberal, moral outlook, we must now confront the fact that our values are under threat from a hatred that has been brewing under the surface for longer than we would like to admit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un crossed into Vietnam after a marathon train journey for a second summit showdown with US President Donald Trump.
The African Union cannot afford to ignore the undermining of democracy and human rights abuses on the continent any longer.
Shirtless at the Rio summer Olympics in 2016, the 34-year-old Taufatofua from Tonga is a hit in South Korea having trained on roller skates to qualify for the cross country skiing.
The Category 4 storm hit in middle of night causing widespread damage but there were no confirmed reports of deaths.
Weather experts said Gita was packing sustained winds of 275 kmh (170 mph) and was expected to intensify before making landfall.
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