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 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...
P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and A.G. Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. [Samoa Observer]
It’s official. Samoa is now a Christian state. The bill to make this happen, the Constitutional Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2017, was passed in Parliament last week when all members of Parliament voted in favour of it. But any suggestion the new law would endanger freedom of religion in Samoa has been...
TARO IMPORTS FROM SAMOA SUSPENDED Despite the assurance from the Samoa Ministry of Agriculture that the nation has nothing to worry about in terms of a new unknown virus found in taro in some parts of Upolu, American Samoa is not convinced. And to show it, the American Samoa Department of...
Samoa's Ministry of Revenue proposal for the head of state and church ministers serving in villages to pay tax has been given the approval of cabinet. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said the taxes would be effective in the new financial year, starting next month. The two main...
Locals show their support for the Blues. [photo:  PHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGES  via Stuff NZ]
Blues chief executive Michael Redman has laid the blame for expensive ticket prices to Samoa's first Super Rugby game at the feet of the small Apia venue and lack of collective revenue streams. The Blues' 34-29 win over the Reds last Friday was billed as a historic event with Apia Park hosting its...
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A retired Supreme Court judge in Samoa, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, will chair a Commission of Inquiry investigating three police officers. The inquiry's terms of reference will investigate suspended assistant police commissioner Mulinuu Samoa Mulinuu,and the former police inspector, Luatimu Samau, on...
 One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoa Airline, Talofa Air, is to start flying to Tonga from July 1st. The airline chief executive, Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, said they would fly to Tonga four times a week, twice from Fagalii on Upolu and twice from Pago Pago. The airline, which only launched its service last year, was originally...
 Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister and Minister for Public Utilities of Tuvalu, addresses the United Nations high-level summit on large movements of refugees and migrants. [Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]
Tuvalu's prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, ordered his officials to cancel any cooperation with the United States on Friday, calling the country's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement distressing and destructive. "I have instructed my officials not to talk any climate change...
WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior has added19 staffers to lead and assist the Department during the Trump administration. Hires include key positions including the Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor, and two Principal Deputy Assistant...

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