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The Chief Executive Officer of MWTI Magele Hoe Viali.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has pulled out from a multilateral air services agreement and now prefers bilateral air services arrangements with trade partners.  Samoa was a member of the  Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) but exercised...
Police stand outside a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch NZ
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully...
Central Pacific Herbicide Relief Act.
Tampa, FLORIDA — Just days after the VA awarded Navy veteran Lonnie Kilpatrick disability benefits for his exposure to toxic herbicides, Lonnie passed away. Over the course of a decade, the VA refused to approve his benefits, claiming that because he was stationed on Guam and not in Vietnam, he was...
 Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig's head at Samoa's prime minister has entered a not guilty plea on a charge over an alleged immigration offence. Talalelei Pauga is accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January The Samoa Observer said...
An artist impression of the Samoa Airways Boeing 737 Max 9
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has expressed safety concerns around the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft ahead of the national airline receiving the plane. Samoa Airways is scheduled to take deliver of the Max 9 in April. However, the Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has told...
Oldest tattoo tools know, found at Tongatapu.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Through radiocarbon dating, the pictured tattoo tools date back 2,700 years and makes them the oldest tattooing tools ever found. The tools, which are thought to be made of the bones of birds and possibly also humans, still have tiny bits of ink embedded in them, leaving no...
Saina Tomi Fetalaia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Government has been urged to raise the minimum wage to $5 tala. The call comes from the Samoa First Union, which initially started the campaign several years ago calling for an increase from $2.30 to $3 tala. But Senior Organizer for Samoa First Union, Saina Tomi Fetalaia, said...
Samoa Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt
Apia, SAMOA — A senior Cabinet Minister has expressed grave concerns about the growing presence of hard drugs in Samoa, especially methamphetamine, which is commonly referred to as “ice.” The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, is even more alarmed about how the drugs are being brought...
Ben Togiai, 30 shown in a Facebook photo with his young daughter.
Kensington, AUSTRALIA — Two Australian men have been arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of a Kiwi man outside a boxing match in Melbourne. Ben Togiai, was believed to have been caught in the "wrong place at the wrong time" when he was shot dead outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington...
A set of tātatau tools and instruments
South East Queensland, AUSTRALIA — Scientists in Australia have dated a set of ancient tattoo chisels to the dawn of Polynesian culture, 2,700 years ago. The tools were found in Tonga Tapu, and the scientists say that suggests that tattooing began in Tonga and Samoa, and then spread to the rest of...

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