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Imperial Pacific Resort on Northern Marianas' island of Tinian
Washington, D.C. — A new United States government report warns US relations with Micronesian countries are being threatened by China's inroads in the Pacific region. The report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was released last week. The report warns Chinese investments in...
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be...
Apia, SAMOA — A court in Samoa has sentenced a 68-year-old family chief or matai Sa'o to 16 years in jail for rape. A panel of assessors found Pulemau Sione guilty of the offence which took place in October last year while he was visiting family in Samoa from New Zealand. In passing sentence the...
Salt Lake City, UTAH (AP) — Some Utah high schools don’t allow students to wear lei and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state’s Pacific Islander community says feels discriminatory. The Salt Lake Tribune reports some schools around the state have sought a...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The futuristic show entitled Bionica opens on Thursday as part of this month's Pacific Dance Festival. It explores the stories of a group of brown LGBTQ indigenous youth set in a utopian world in the future and features a popular dance style known as voguing. It is the first...
  Apia, SAMOA — It’s not by accident that Savaii will host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant in September as the Teuila Festival finale this year. The inaugural and historical event, the first time ever in the 33 year old history of the Miss Samoa Pageant to be staged on the Big Island has long been...
Apia, SAMOA — The Police have issued a public notice calling for help to find a suspect in a burglary investigation. The statement was issued on their Facebook page last night. “The Samoa Police Service is searching for a 24 year old male named Pati Sonny Chong Nee from the villages of Vaitele-...
Apia, SAMOA — Baby Miracle was laid to rest at her family land at Matautu Falelatai yesterday. Her funeral service was held at Catholic Church in Matautu Falelatai. Baby Miracle’s father, Mikaele Nanai, spoke highly of his daughter’s battle when she was alive. “The life of Baby Miracle was very...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the police have filed charges against suspects behind O Le Palemia a social media page which has been used to launch accusations of corruption against several government officials, including the prime minister. Tuilaepa...
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa three more men from Salelalvalu village have been charged as a result of last month's brawl with Salelologa village. A senior police officer says the three men have been brought from Savaii to the main police office in Apia for further investigation. The trio have been...

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