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WASHINGTON – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, this week announced $1,632,500 to assist the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as they work to rebuild the U.S. territory following Super Typhoon Yutu...
Damage at  Hopwood Middle School
Sipan, CNMI — It could take up to two months for public schools in the Northern Marianas to reopen because of damage inflicted by last week's Super Typhoon Yutu. School administrators said public school students would miss at least 14 days of school. They said the worst case scenario would be up to...
Damage caused by Yutu
Saipan, CNMI — 133 people have been treated at the only hospital in the Northern Marianas since Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the US commonwealth on Thursday. The Saipan hospital said most of the cases were lacerations that required surgery. The category 5 storm passed directly over Tinian, lashing...
Utu Abe Malae
Saipan, CNMI — It is no hyperbole to say that it wasn’t just American Samoa but possibly the entire Pacific region that mourned the passing of Utu Abe Malae yesterday. That was true at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. in the CNMI, where Malae was a former executive director. According to Gary...
David Henkin (right) meets with Tinian residents
CNMI — Northern Marianas residents have appealed a court ruling regarding impact of the US Navy's relocation plans in the region. The US military plans to relocate as many as 5,000 Marines from Japan to Guam, and use the Northern Marianas islands of Tinian and Pagan for live-fire exercises. A...
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Siapan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have legalised the use of marijuana in the islands. The lower chamber has relegated the measure back to committee level, effectively junking the Senate bill after House lawmakers deemed it in violation of...
 Marijuana plant [Photo: Esteban Lopez via unsplash.com]
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. Having been passed in the nine-seat senate with six yes votes and three abstentions, the bill now advances to the House of Representatives for approval. It would allow the use of...
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...