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FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (right) and deputy, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — The Supreme Court in Samoa has dismissed an electoral challenge against the winner of the Faasaleleaga No. 2 seat. This means FAST's Magele Sekati Faaui remains as the seat's MP-elect. The Samoa Observer reports the Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese, delivered the decision...
FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (right) and deputy, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party is seeking clarity from the court to overcome the differed interpretation of the situation from that of their rivals, the deputy leader, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt confirmed. Speaking on Friday, the Member-elect of Gagaifomauga No. 3...
crime scene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police arrested a man early Saturday for second-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting in Kalihi. Authorities arrested 37-year-old Eddieson Reyes for allegedly shooting and killing 19-year-old Triston Billimon before midnight. Police said the shooting...
Washigton, D.C. — Like so many fathers, my dad was a man of decency, honor, generosity, and kindness.  He had a profound impact on me, and instilled in me the understanding of the basic truth that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.  The value set my father taught me, I...
The procession of Head Hunters and other gang members
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Police have made no arrests after a day of massive gang funeral processions across Auckland to farewell a Head Hunter who died in custody. Roads were closed to protect the public on Friday as hundreds of members of numerous gangs descended for the funeral in Auckland for...
Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — In a public notice released yesterday, signed by the CEO of the Samoa Ministry of Customs &  Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, ‘confidential’ waste is said to have been dug up from a landfill and outed on Facebook, as supposedly confidential documents/ waste found on the...
A Tokelaun woman marching for climate action with a sign
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND  — In New Zealand, youth climate change movement School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has declared itself as racist, and disbanded, but young activists say going silent is not the answer. The group had organised large protests in centres throughout the country, becoming the...
Samoa ballot boxes
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's FAST party has held on to the first of the seats being contested after the April election. The first term elected MP for Gagaifomauga number 2 electoral constituency Vaele Paia'aua Iona Sekuini has secured the seat after the Supreme Court endorsed the withdrawal of an election...
StarKist employees at gate
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Workers at American Samoan tuna cannery StarKist are bracing for a one shift per day operation for the rest of the month. There are normally two shifts per day, but there's been a shortage of fish and employees to process them. Workers have vented on social media...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa may step in over a contempt of court suit against caretaker prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. With the political stand-off now in its 14th week the FAST party, which won a majority of seats in the April election, is waiting on the outcome of a contempt...

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