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French Navy vessel — Le Vendémiaire  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
FRENCH NAVY INTERCEPTS HUGE COCAINE HAUL OFF TONGA A yacht with 1.4 tons of cocaine has been intercepted by the French Navy off Tonga. New Caledonia's newspaper said the operation was launched a week ago when a Navy vessel was sent out in a joint mission with police and customs officials. The...
Performers from Nga Pakeke o Ngāti Awa at the Kaumātua Kapa haka event last year.  [Photo: RNZ/ Aaron Smale]
AUMUA ANNOUNCES DOI GRANT  Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, August 1, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded a grant in the amount of $2000 to the American Samoa Government.  “I am pleased that the DOI has...
A few of the Miss Samoa Victoria 2017 contestants with Pulotu Canada McCarthy (far right). [Photo/ Facebook: Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant]
A Samoan community in Melbourne is taking action against Miss Samoa Victoria's organizers, over allegations of fraud. The event was held on Saturday night at Melbourne's Grand Star venue. A woman by the name of Panda Vls says the pageant director, Pulotu Canada McCarthy, purposely allowed for...
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt. [Samoa Gov't website]
  The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, launched four major initiatives to boost the development of the Fisheries sector last week. Held at the Fisheries Wharf, the initiatives included: • Launch of Samoa’s Tuna Management and Development Plan 2017 – 2021...
Sydney's seven year old gentle giant of rugby league. [photo: Supplied to Darily Telegraph]
A video featuring a young Samoan in Australia has shocked rugby league officials, reigniting the age vs weight competition debate. The Samoan boy plays for St Johns Eagles and is more than double the body weight of many of his rivals. In the video, it shows the young Samoan running through the...
  Guam's representative to the US Congress Madeleine Bordallo [Photo: US House of Representatives]
Guam's delegate to the United States Congress is being investigated for a possible ethics violation. The House Committee on Ethics said a referral was filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics in June, and an investigation had been launched. A spokesperson for Madelleine Bordallo told the...
[Photo: Asian Development Bank]
Better information technologies and transport infrastructure are seen as key in the Pacific to increase economic opportunities and better access to goods and services. According to the Asian Development Bank, a drop in the Pacific's growth is due to the slowdown in Papua New Guinea. ADB's Director...
A 33-year-old Romanian national has been in court in Samoa over an alleged ATM scam. Catalin Razvan Veverita, who was arrested last month, appeared in court today but the matter was adjourned for the defendant to change lawyers. The Attorney General's office is also still finalising charges. The...
Scott Brown. [photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press]
The United States of America’s new Ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand, Scott Brown, has defended the decision by the United States President, Donald Trump, to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. During his first media interview in Samoa, although the new Ambassador assured about...
Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, said more than 20 Police officers - including contracted divers – had been assigned to the village for the case. (Photo: File)
Samoa Police have re-opened their investigation into a case involving a missing man and an alleged plot by some village men to cover up a bizarre killing back in 2013. Two men have been questioned and are under Police custody with more arrests possible.  As of yesterday, Acting Assistant Police...

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