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Apia, SAMOA — Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prison yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner,...
Tonga Supreme Court building
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —  A 17-year-old has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Tonga for the murder of a married couple in February 2018. Matangi Tonga reports Sitiveni 'Esi Muli was sentenced for the brutal killing of Feng Sheng Pei and Su Jie Wen. Muli was found guilty of two counts of murder and...
Photo of Ocean Cleaning Machine on the water.
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — A system designed to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is finally operational in the United States. The floating boom system, established by the non-profit organisation Ocean Cleanup, has deployed from San Francisco. It's undergoing several weeks of...
Screenshot of Tiseya Puapuaga from KHON2 video
Honolulu, HAWAII — An Oahu man wanted in connection with a shooting that killed a man in Chinatown last year has been arrested in California. Tiseya Puapuaga was taken into custody Wednesday in Elk Grove, CA, and was extradited back to Honolulu. Puapuaga was featured in Hawaii's Most Wanted in...
U.S. Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans have embraced the announcement by Tulsi Gabbard that she will be contesting the Democrats Presidential nomination next year, as she eyes the U.S. Presidency office currently occupied by Donald Trump. On the streets of Apia a few days after the announcement was made, members of...
 Photo from a previous Wellington Pasifika festival
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's capital will host its 15th Pacific arts festival this weekend. The Wellington Pasifika Festival coincides with the city's anniversary weekend and showcases the region's diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines. Wellington City Council's events...
 The U.S. District Court building, CNMI
Saipan, CNMI — The impact of the US government shutdown has reached the Northern Marianas with the US District Court for the commonwealth saying it only has funding until Friday. District Court Chief Judge Ramona Mangloña said the US Judiciary has managed to cobble together sufficient funds to keep...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Tupua Tamases Meaole Hospital is still waiting on laboratory confirmation that a 14-year-old girl who died earlier this month had typhoid and dengue. Local media reports quoted the family saying that was what they had been told by hospital officials. But the director general...
Hawaii State Sen. Mike Gabbard
HONOLULU  — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been gearing up for a presidential run for months. But her announcement Friday on CNN still caught many by surprise — including her dad. State Sen. Mike Gabbard told Hawaii News Now that he was traveling and “pleasantly surprised” to see his...
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with his daughter
Apia, SAMOA — Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has denied ever giving an interview to a UK newspaper, The Daily Star, where he criticised young people for "looking for a reason to be offended." The interview was picked up by all the major news agencies in the world, leading to a story titled “Seiuli slams...

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