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 Smoke billows from a chimney of the Solvay factory for production and processing of plastic materials, in Ospiate, near Milan, Italy, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Apia, SAMOA — Having returned from the Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Poland this week on the convention framework on climate change, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the road of negotiations had some disappointments.  One of the main objectives of COP24 was to finalise...
A screenshot of the live video recording on social media when the Court was in session.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration has lodged a formal complaint with the Police in relation to a video that recorded live a Supreme Court session.   The currently standing policy of the Court is that video recording or taking of photos inside any Courtroom while it is...
Scores of Polynesian dancers welcome Momoa
Honolulu, Hawaii — Hundreds of fans gathered in Kakaako on Friday for a special “Aquaman” screening with the movie’s star — Hawaii’s own Jason Momoa. At Ward Theatres, Momoa was greeted by a scores of Polynesian dancers — a welcome that left Momoa in tears. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m...
 Surveillance images captured the brutal beating in September.
Kona, HAWAII — A fourth person has been charged in connection with a violent beating at the Kona Seaside Hotel back in September. The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that Mahealani Kanehailua is accused of hindering prosecution. She was reportedly in a vehicle with other suspects in the...
Chief Executive Officer, Revenue, Avalisa Viali Fautua’ali’i
Apia, SAMOA — The Delegation of the European Union (E.U.) yesterday warned Samoa could lose out on funding if it still exists in the blacklist of “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.” Mohammed Nazim-Kasim, the press and information officer (Political, Trade, Press and Information Section) at the...
marijuana plants
Port Vila, VANUATU — The Vanuatu government is looking to legalize growing medical marijuana to help boost its agricultural sector. While smoking marijuana will still be illegal in Vanuatu, the new crops would be exported for medical use overseas. The Council of Ministers has released a Policy...
 From left: PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Chinese President Xi Jinping
PACIFIC ISLAND — It was a busy year for the countries of the Pacific, which had more global spotlight than usual as it found itself in the middle of feuding great powers. That brought a slew of new deals and partnerships, but also pressures. RNZ Pacific's Johnny Blades and Jamie Tahana look back on...
 Fuamatu Kosetatino and his father Fuamatu Samoa Oloaga Asuelu.
Apia, SAMOA — A village council has moved to address the increasing use of Facebook to incite violence, by penalizing families whose family members recently posted derogatory and threatening comments. The Lauli’i village council has penalized five families in their village and slapped each one of...
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A clothing manufacturing business and a commercial dry-cleaning service are among initiatives for development that the Lolo Administration is looking at for an economic boost — providing new jobs in American Samoa. These initiatives were shared during the American Samoa...
Viliamu Samu
Welington, NEW ZEALAND —  A 64-year-old man has been arrested for human trafficking and slavery after allegedly bringing Samoa nationals to New Zealand to work for him illegally. It is alleged that the man has been regularly bringing the Samoa nationals to work for him in the horticultural industry...

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