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Saipan, CNMI — Three years after same-sex marriages were legalised in the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Mayor's Office say that they have topped heterosexual marriages on the island. The figures are based on the marriage licenses issued by the municipality. From January through September 2018, the...
 The NDMO director, Anare Leweniqila
Suva, FIJI — Over 600 people have taken shelter in 15 evacuation centres around Fiji as Cyclone Mona continues to approach Vanua Levu and surrounding smaller islands. The National Disaster Management Office said four centres had been opened in the Central Division, seven in the Northern Division,...
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Washington, D.C. — The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the nation's food stamp program --...
Men from the village have joined Police and F.E.S.A. officials to search for the missing man.
Apia, SAMOA — Tragedy has struck the village of Luatuanu’u at the beginning of 2019 with a young man dead and the families keeping vigil, hoping the body of another young man who has been missing at sea since Thursday, is found. The deceased man was among three men who went out for a “casual swim”...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand has cleared a backlog of Samoa-bound passengers that was caused by an issue with runway lights at Faleolo International Airport in Apia. Two Air NZ flights - one from Auckland to Apia yesterday afternoon, and the return journey - were cancelled. A company...
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.
Suva, FIJI — Predator priests will face the full force of the law, Catholic bishops in the Pacific say. In Papua New Guinea, Fr Giorgio Licini said any cases of priests abusing children would be dealt with severely. Fr Giorgio said an office had been established to deal with the matter. Meanwhile,...
 Tropical Depression TD04F forecast track map at 2.52pm on 02 January, 2019
Rotuma, FIJI — A tropical cyclone warning is now in force for Fiji's Rotuma. The Fiji Meteorological Service said a tropical cyclone alert remained in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and was now in force for Lau and Lomaiviti group. The warning and alert have been sparked...
Fire at  Vailoa Primary School building
Apia, SAMOA — The New Year has started on a sad note for students and teachers at Vailoa Primary School. A fire ripped through the building yesterday morning, consuming all the classrooms and what was inside. The Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A) responded quickly but couldn’t...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A young boy has died on board a flight from Auckland to Samoa, despite attempts by cabin crew to save him. The passenger, who had a pre-existing medical condition, died on Boxing Day on a Samoa Airways flight, the Samoa Observer reported. The airline confirmed the details to...
Bride and groom with her grandparents
WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bride from Oahu’s North Shore was supposed to get married on the beach Friday, but she decided to move the location of her wedding after her grandfather suddenly became ill. Jana Hookala's grandfather was rushed to the emergency room at Wahiawa General Hospital two...

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