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Australia is deporting a convicted criminal to New Zealand who has never set foot in the country. A decision from Justice Robert Bromwich released by the Federal Court of Australia on Friday dismissed an application from Alex Viane, 40, for a judicial review of his visa cancellation. Viane was born...
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - People huddled in their bathtubs. They ran into businesses or rushed into basements. They got into storm drains. For nearly 40 minutes on Saturday, Hawaii's 1.4 million residents thought they were under ballistic missile attack — and they did everything they could to try...
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The Police in Samoa are investigating a suspected homicide after the death of a 15-year-old boy who went missing from his family home in Satapuala village on Tuesday. His body was found this morning in bush near Satapuala primary school. Police spokesperson Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo said the dead...
Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Turnbull government minister's comments were "full of ignorance and prejudice". [Photo: APTN via The Age]
Beijing: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has weighed into the row over China's Pacific aid program, criticiszng loans that "impose onerous debt burdens on regional governments". China lodged a diplomatic complaint on Wednesday, labelling an attack on its Pacific aid program by Turnbull government...
Hand showing the international symbol for peace, decorated in the national colors of Samoa. Flickr page of Public Domain Photography (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
In 2013, Samoa withdrew libel from its criminal law as a media reform initiative. But the change didn't last long. At the end of 2017, the parliament of the Polynesian island nation unanimously voted to revive its criminal libel law after Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it is...
Similar to marijuana plants were confiscated during a drug raid in Satapuala [Samoa Observer file photo].
The Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy allegedly killed in connection to a drug deal that turned sour. This was confirmed by the Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. The investigation, he said...
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A woman and her estranged partner are fighting for their lives at the Moto’otua Hospital following a horrific stabbing in front of the National Bank of Samoa’s building in Apia this morning. Eyewitnesses say the man had an argument with his wife before he started stabbing her multiple times in...
  RAISING AWARENESS: Member of Samoan Solidarity International Group, Unasa Iuni Sapolu. [Samoa Observer]
Members of the Samoan Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) will present a petition to Parliament when it commences on 23 January 2018.  This was confirmed by S.S.I.G. member, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.  “We are appealing the same issue to repeal L.T.R....
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Two police officers in the Northern Marianas under the direction of the Department of Corrections have escorted an alleged child molester Sean McDonnell back to Illinois in the US Mainland. The extradition was unique because normally Mr McDonnell would have been fetched from Saipan by officers...
 Leausa Dr Take Naseri, Director General, Ministry of Health Samoa [hoto: Alex Perrottet / RNZ]
Samoa's director general of health says he expects healthcare in Samoa to improve once the National Health Service and the Ministry of Health merge at the end of the month. The management of the two offices has been separate over the last ten years. The director general of health and head of the...

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