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City of Sydney New Year's fireworks display. [photo: The Telegraph]
The New Year has officially begun, as midnight passed in Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati, the first places in the world to welcome in 2018.  The last places on Earth to see in the New Year are minor outlying US islands like Baker Island and Howland Island - although these are uninhabited...
STILL GOING STRONG: Sister Emanuela Betham. (Photo: Samoa Observer)
Sister Emanuela Betham is the Samoa Observer Person of the Year for 2017.  For more than 62 years, she has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary Samoans. Serving as a Teacher, Principal and a Sister of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (S.M.S....
 Kings and Pacific Music Awards trustee, Petrina Togi-Saena [Photo: Supplied / Vodafone Pacific Music Awards]
The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, has congratulated the thirteen Pacific people recognised in the New Zealand New Years Honours list. "The recipients have made an outstanding contribution within the Pacific community and I know that the Pacific community will celebrate in their...
A yacht seized in French Polynesia in January has inadvertently been auctioned off with cocaine onboard. La Depeche de Tahiti said the police sold off the yacht Mojito almost a year after seizing it with more than 800 kilogrammes of cocaine in Arue. The paper said when the buyer did a thorough...
 This handout picture taken on November 17, 2017 and released by the US Navy on November 22, 2017 shows a C-2A Greyhound. [Photo: AFP / US Navy]
The most senior commander of the United States' navy has announced plans to increase their military presence in the western Pacific in response to increased threats in the region. Reuters reported the Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson announced on Tuesday last week in Japan that...
A concept for the floating island project in French Polynesia. The creators of a man-made floating island off Tahiti say they want a quarter of its population to be made up of Polynesian people.  [Photo: Supplied]
MACHETE ATTACK LEAVES MAN FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE  A man, who was found unconscious in a pool of blood, is fighting for his life at the hospital from severe injuries to his head.  The Police has launched an investigation to find who was responsible for the attack. This was confirmed by Police...
BRING ON 2018: Azarel Mariner Maiai. {Samoa Observer]
A New Year means many things to different people. A few days away from the end of 2017, each and every one of us will be thinking about goals, resolutions and targets for 2018.  Which comes naturally at this time of the year. With the overindulging in food and drinks for Christmas, most people...
Samoa's Parliament  [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoans in New Zealand's Auckland city met recently to discuss how land rights back in Samoa would affect families living abroad. The Samoa Solidarity International group led the meeting to give clarity on the Lands Title Registration Act 2008 which some claim breaks communal land into individual...
Sealver Siliga smiles on the sideline during a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Tim Sharp / AP)
SAMOAN NFL STAR’S HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS STORY  Fancy working in the restaurant and getting a US$1,000 ($T2,400) tip!  That’s exactly what happened to staff at Applebee's restaurant in Tampa Bay, thanks to Samoan NFL star, Sealver Siliga. According to TMZ.com, the entire staff at an Applebee's...
Aniseko Vaelei and Uili Manuleleua. [Samoa Observer]
A police manhunt is still under way in Samoa for two prisoners who escaped Tafaigata prison last week. Aniseko Vaelei and Uili Manuleleua escaped with two other inmates who have since been recaptured. Our Samoan Correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said the public have been advised not to...

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