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 Samoa government building, Apia. [Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades]
Samoa's Electoral Commission has issued a report recommending compulsory voting in parliamentary elections. The current electoral law requires only for compulsory registration of voters but not for voting. The Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has confirmed that cabinet will look at the...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata recently presented a book on American Samoa to US Majority Whip, Steve Scalise.  He was one of the victims of the shooter who shot a number of people at the GOP congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.  [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday.  “When I got off the plane in Washington this morning after two consecutive overnight flights to the nation’s capital from...
  CAUSE OF DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION: Body of the woman found at sea on Monday morning being carried by Police officers. [Samoa Observer]
A woman was found naked and dead at Mulinu’u on Monday morning. While it was not possible to get an official comment from the Samoa Police last night, the Samoa Observer understands they have launched an investigation to determine how she died. A man who spotted the woman floating on the water at...
DIFFERENT VIEWS: Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Aumua Amata and U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo: Samoa Observer and AP)
The Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has expressed deep disappointment in the United State’s President, Donald Trump’s annoucment that the his country would withdraw from Paris Climate Change Accord. Speaking to the Samoa Observer as the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment,...
 Representatives who signed the Pacer Plus trade agreement in Tonga [Photo: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat]
A region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences. The deal, known as PACER-Plus, has been hailed by proponents as a new kind of agreement that links development to trade to boost island economies. Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon...
The girls from McAuley High School won the debate against De La Salle on the topic: O le ala I le pule o le tautua, or the way to authority is through service.  [photo: Kymberlee Fernandes/Fairfax NZ]
TALOFA AIRWAYS REVEALS NEW TONGA SCHEDULE Talofa Airways will begin its new Tonga service with four flights per week — 2 from Samoa on Monday and Friday (Tuesday and Saturday in Samoa) and 2 from American Samoa on Sunday and Thursday (Monday and Friday in Samoa) — and tickets are now available for...
STILL MISSING : Kilino Joseph Lemafo’e Tua. [Samoa Observer]
The Police spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu, has cautioned members of the public against spreading vicious rumors and lies, saying they need to be sensitive about people’s feelings. The caution was issued yesterday when the Sunday Samoan contacted him for a comment about reports that a New...
  SENTENCING ADJOURNED: Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming. (Photo: Deidre Fanene)
A delay in the submission by the Samoa prosecution has forced the Court to reschedule the sentencing of two Chinese men who have been convicted of stealing more than $70,000 from the A.T.M machines of the Bank of South Pacific. Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming, who are under police custody, are...
 Hawaiian senator Kalani English [Photo: flickr via RNZI]
An indigenous Hawaiian senator has welcomed a bill drafted earlier this year to enable Hawai'i to sign up to the Paris climate change accord has now become law. Hawai'i is the first state in the United States to enact legislation to allow it to implement parts of an agreement to reduce carbon...
A businessman in the Northern Marianas has admitted involvement in a large-scale birth tourism business on Saipan. Richard Peng reached a plea agreement with the prosecution and told them his former business partner had made his property on the island available specifically to house pregnant...

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