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Exhibit 2 heroin
Apia, SAMOA — Police confiscated heroin and cocaine tablets with an estimated street value of more than $400,00 Samoan tala from a passenger who arrived at Faleolo on Sunday, 21 July. The 24-year-old female passenger who allegedly carried the tablets into the country, has been charged in connection...
Victoria University Pacific Studies lecturer, Emalani Case
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Dozens of people have rallied in New Zealand's biggest city in support of Hawaii's Mauna Kea protests. For the seventh day, protestors have occupied the site of a planned giant telescope atop Hawaii's highest mountain, which is considered sacred. Many Maori in New Zealand...
Proud Boys during one of their rallies in Portland Oregon.  Tusitala “Tiny” Toese is pictured right
Portland, OREGON — A Vancouver man affiliated with far-right groups organizing in the Northwest pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to eight days in jail, among other conditions, Multnomah County, Ore., District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Friday. Donovan Flippo, 24,...
Tusi Gabbard in video
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is urging the governor to withdraw his emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea and put construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on hold. In a video posted Friday on Twitter, Gabbard said a “history of broken promises" is what’s led to...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi called for further "consultations" on transgender sports policies during the Closing Ceremony of the 2019 Pacific Games at Apia Park. The Ceremony featured plenty of pageantry including thousands of students and schoolchildren...
TMT protesters hold briefing on Mauna Kea situation.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Friday were concerned that a larger presence of law enforcement officers would move in to Mauna Kea, but there had been no indication from authorities so far that any officers were in the area yet. Activists say...
Police Minister, Mateni Tapueluelu
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's police minister has publicly expressed his strong opposition to an Act designed to provide protection from domestic violence. The Family Protection Act, legislated in 2014, was drafted to provide safeguards for family members and applies specifically to women and...
 A humpback whale diving near an island of Vava'u
Vava'u, TONGA — New research from northern Tonga is showing that tourism is disturbing the natural behavior of Humpback whales. Humpbacks winter-over in Vava'u to give birth and mate before heading back to summer feeding grounds off Antarctica. Auckland University of Technology's Mark Oram said...
 MP Laauli on right (front row) with several matais of Sasina village
Sasina, SAMOA — A village in Samoa says it's reaping the rewards from a land lease deal for a nonu tree farm. Sasina village signed a deal to lease five hundred acres of customary land for 120 years, and has just received its third annual payment of $US120,000 The MP for the constituency that...
Roberta Haynes
Apia, SAMOA — A star of the 1950's Hollywood movie, Return to Paradise, is returning to Samoa next week. Roberta Haynes, who lit up the silver screen opposite Gary Cooper, died in April and her family is having her ashes interred at a chapel overlooking the beach made famous by the movie. A...

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