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Members of the village of Falefa present a traditional Samoan ifoga
Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a Samoan-Kiwi man brutally killed while holidaying in his motherland say they believe more than one person was involved in his murder. Simanu'a Manuele, 24, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Samoa for the murders of Hamilton man Alesana Satele, 69, and...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A director of Tonga Cable Ltd says they have located the site of a break in the submarine cables connecting Tonga to Fiji and the rest of the world. The connections failed nearly a week ago, largely shutting down phone and internet access throughout the country. Some service has...
Tonga communication tower
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The Tonga communications utility says it is striving to lift capacity as the country tries to bounce back from a communication shut down. Tonga's submarine cable to Fiji was severed on Sunday night, meaning there were no phone or internet services for several days. Interim...
Faiva Tagatauli.
Apia, SAMOA — The Rugby fraternity in Samoa is in mourning after a 27-year-old Apia Union Rugby player died early this morning from a suspected head injury during a rugby Game last Saturday at the HPU Rugby Field in Tuana’imato. Faiva Tagatauli, 27, was playing for his Club Vaimoso at a Senior A...
Samoa Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A Supreme Court Justice in Samoa has blamed a woman for failing to protect her daughter from being sexually abused by her father. The comments came during the sentencing of a 47-year-old man, who was found guilty of raping his step-daughter five times, starting when she was 13 years...
Apia, SAMOA — Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prison yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner,...
Tonga Supreme Court building
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —  A 17-year-old has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Tonga for the murder of a married couple in February 2018. Matangi Tonga reports Sitiveni 'Esi Muli was sentenced for the brutal killing of Feng Sheng Pei and Su Jie Wen. Muli was found guilty of two counts of murder and...
Photo of Ocean Cleaning Machine on the water.
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — A system designed to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is finally operational in the United States. The floating boom system, established by the non-profit organisation Ocean Cleanup, has deployed from San Francisco. It's undergoing several weeks of...
Screenshot of Tiseya Puapuaga from KHON2 video
Honolulu, HAWAII — An Oahu man wanted in connection with a shooting that killed a man in Chinatown last year has been arrested in California. Tiseya Puapuaga was taken into custody Wednesday in Elk Grove, CA, and was extradited back to Honolulu. Puapuaga was featured in Hawaii's Most Wanted in...
U.S. Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans have embraced the announcement by Tulsi Gabbard that she will be contesting the Democrats Presidential nomination next year, as she eyes the U.S. Presidency office currently occupied by Donald Trump. On the streets of Apia a few days after the announcement was made, members of...

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