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US President Donald Trump [Photo: AFP]
Amnesty International in Hawaii says the state is right to challenge the legality of the United States' so-called travel ban because of the huge impact it has on refugees. Last month, the US Supreme Court let the Trump administration's executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority...
Ngatai Huata, daughter of Canon Wi Te Tau Huata, who says her father’s song was basically colonized and bastardized by the Ministry of Education of NZ in the 1960s.  [photo: rnz]
SAMOA KEEN TO HOST PACIFIC GAMES: TUILAEPA — The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is keen for Samoa to host the 2019 Pacific Games. He has even announced his intention to participate as an athlete in the sport of Archery.   This was revealed in a letter Tuilaepa wrote to Pacific Games...
Tuna prices have risen continuously since April from USD $1,500 mt in Bangkok to USD $1,950 mt, a high that has not been seen for three years. The high market price is attributed to low WCPO catch rates that have resulted in lower skipjack volume coming to Bangkok, coupled with strong demand from...
BE AWARE OF SCAMERS: Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a. (Photo: File)
The Ministry of Police has issued a stern warning to the public to be vigilant following a fraudulent scam that successfully targeted two local churches to the tune of $200,000.  Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a told the Sunday Samoan, a man who goes by the names of...
American Samoa Custom’s Division inspecting inbound cargo. [SN file photo]
American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer who is overseeing Customs, Keith Gebauer is calling on Customs and Border Control to work together to combat the smuggling of drugs between the two Samoas.  He also made it clear the American Samoa Customs Officers do not inspect outbound cargos.  Mr Gebauer’s...
  Samoa police spokesperson, Sala'a Moananu Sale Sala'a. [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
The police in Samoa will pay about US$50,000 compensation to a child who was locked in jail with his father in 2014. In October of that year, police officers locked the then 3-year-old child in a cell after his father had been detained for driving an unlicensed vehicle. An inquiry found the actions...
Focus groups of employees and employers looked at the concept of funeral expenses insurance. [courtesy photo]
Apia, Samoa – Affordability and trust in the organization providing the insurance are the two main priorities highlighted by Samoans as being important to them when deciding to purchase funeral expenses insurance. These were the findings of two focus group sessions organised by the Regional...
Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming  [Samoa Observer]
The non appearance of a Chinese translator 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 represented by...
Bluesky Samoa outlet in Apia. [photo: Samoa Planet]
Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd finally has control of Bluesky Samoa Ltd and has received formal regulator approval for the change from Amper SA to ATH. A market announcement from the company yesterday said the formal approval was given by the Office of the Regulator in Samoa in accordance with...
 Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing climate change talks consultations in Bonn, May 2017 [Photo: Supplied]
Pacific Small Island Developing States have urged G20 countries to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate agreement. Following this week's Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event in Fiji, 12 Pacific states called for action from the world's most powerful nations attending this...

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