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Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi  [SN file photo]
FORMER HEAD OF STATE TO ADDRESS AUCKLAND CONFERENCE  Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi will be speaking on a panel for the first of a three-part Pacific Law, Custom & Constitutionalism Conference series at the University of Auckland, next week. In light of Samoa’s...
 Apia, the capital of Samoa. [Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins]
The Samoan government is putting into practice a 25 year old law which requires newspapers and printing firms to register with the Justice Ministry. The Samoa Observer reports, CEO of the Justice Ministry, Papali'i John Taimalelagi, saying a "lapse" had been uncovered during a routine review of...
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AMERICAN SAMOA LANDFILL GETS AN EXTENSION  The American Samoa Power Authority had estimated that the territory's only landfill would be full in two years. but they have found a way to extend its life.An era of ocean voyaging in Samoa has ended with the Samoa Shipping Corporation putting the Lady...
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Real Tonga Airlines is preparing to start direct flights between Tonga and Samoa this month. The airline's owner Tevita Palu said it will fly its SAAB 340 which seats thirty passengers from Tongatapu to Faleolo Airport outside Apia, via Vavau, in Tonga's northern island group. Real Tonga Airlines...
Kava bowl and kava [Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate-Cox]
The government of Samoa is looking to revive what used to be a $US7.8 million export market for kava. Kava was a significant export commodity until a ban imposed by European countries in 2001 caused many farmers to quit the industry. Consequently when the ban was lifted in 2015, demand could not be...
Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.  [Samoa Observer]
Three hospital workers have been charged and accused of stealing pharmaceutical products from the Hospital Pharmacy as part of an alleged ring to manufacture methamphetamine or ice.  This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, yesterday. The...
 Passengers board a United Airlines flight in Majuro. For the first time in late January, Marshall Islands Immigration officials detained several passengers at Majuro's international airport for questioning in relation to participation in illegal adoptions in the United States. [Photo: Giff Johnson]
Two Marshallese women caught up in an apparent illegal adoption scheme have been stopped at Majuro airport and prevented from travelling to the United States by authorities. Our correspondent Giff Johnson said immigration authorities detained a suspected adoption agent for questioning along with...
Discussions are underway in Samoa to launch a new television station in time for the introduction of digital broadcasting in 2019. Minister of Broadcasting, Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i, said a new station would help in development including education. The Samoa government started the first television...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union officials have proposed removing eight jurisdictions from the blacklist of tax havens the bloc adopted in December, in what critics may see as a blow to its campaign against tax avoidance. EU states decided last month to draw up the list in a bid to discourage...
A blacktip reef shark is among fish that inhabit coral reefs off American Samoa. Bleaching events are threatening reefs, a major source of food for more than a billion people worldwide. [Credit: Zack Gold/UCLA]
As the world's oceans heat up with climate change, coral reefs are increasingly under threat. Bleaching events—defense mechanisms against high temperatures that turn corals white—have become more frequent.   From 2010 to 2016, UCLA researchers studied corals off the coast of American Samoa in...

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