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The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed a lawsuit alleging that the Government of Guam, as well as the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and its Administrative Director, have violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against non-Chamorros in the enforcement and implementation of...
The manager of a beach resort on Samoa's south coast says today was like a Sunday as her village remembered the victims of the 2009 tsunami. Litia Sini's beach fales in Lalomanu village was totally destroyed when the tsunami struck eight years ago today. 143 lives were lost to the massive wave,...
Congresswoman Amata joined a bipartisan congressional delegation of the island territories insisting on financing and assistance for disasters affecting U.S. territories that is equitable with the states, including the current disaster in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any future...
PASSPORT INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY  As required under the Passport Act and the Public Service Act, the Immigration division of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has begun an investigation in to allegations of a potential breach of the Passport Act. This is in relation to reports received...
RAISED FEES ‘UNFORTUNATE’  The “unfortunate” increased permit fees targeting only American Samoan born citizens entering Samoa will be addressed at the 2Samoa Talks next month in Apia.  This is according to American Samoa Attorney General, Talauega Elesalo Ale in response to Samoa Observer...
SAMOA SIGNS NUCLEAR BAN TREATY In New York for the 72 United Nations General Assembly meeting, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on behalf of Samoa has endorsed the "Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons". “As a signatory to this historic treaty, we wanted to demonstrate...
Four police officers have been charged with assault. The charges were confirmed in a press release issued by the Samoa Police Service on is Facebook page. “Four police officers have been charged with assault early this week,” the statement reads. “The charges were the result of an internal...
GO CASHLESS COMING TO N.Z. HIGH COMMISSION From Monday 2 October, the New Zealand High Commission in Apia will no longer accept cash for service fee payments over the counter.  The move, says New Zealand High Commissioner, David Nicholson, is designed to streamline the way the office does business...
Five Pacific countries aim to grab the attention of the New Zealand market with their coffee and chocolate products. The annual Chocolate and Coffee Show in Auckland has a specially designed Pacific-themed stand hosting Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The companies from...
The Supreme Court in Samoa has sentenced a 42-year-old man to more than seven years in jail for a car accident that killed two people. Sinei Aunei pleaded guilty to manslaughter and negligent driving causing injuries. He was the driver of a delivery truck which collided with a minivan in June this...

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