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Qamar-uz-Zama
Kanpur, INDIA — A man arrested by an Indian anti-terror police was reportedly radicalised by Muslim extremist groups during his stay in Palau. Alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative, Qamar-uz-Zama, was in the Pacific Island nation between 2008 and 2012, according to the Hindustan Times. He was...
Lama Lauvao, Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday for three suspects accused of beating a hotel security guard earlier this week. Wesley Samoa, Lama Lauvao and Natisha Tautalatasi made their initial appearance Wednesday morning in Kona District Court. The three are charged with second-...
Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa District Court has given Court Officer Mane Junior Su’a a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager...
 Bula Kafe in Florida
Suva, FIJI — Outrage in Fiji over a United States businessman trademarking the word 'bula' shows little sign of abating. Florida-based Ross Kashtan has trademarked the common Fijian greeting, which is in the title of his businesses including a kava bar. It means he can take legal action to prevent...
Two policemen outside Samoa's police station
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are investigating the death of a man who allegedly died after he was beaten by his 58-year-old father. The incident was confirmed in a Police weekly update posted on their Facebook page. The 35-year-old man is from Vaitele fou and Safotu, Savai’i. “On the 10th September,...
Su'a William Sio (left) and Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson (right)
Wellington, NZ — The New Zealand Green Party co-leader says Pacific and Māori women need to keep disrupting the patriarchy to increase their say in society. Marama Davidson, the party spokesperson for Pacific people, was at a ceremony marking 125 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand. The event...
 Gordon Langkilde is tackled in a file photo
San Francisco, CA — Samoa sevens player Gordon Langkilde has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges in a San Francisco court after attacking Welsh players in the tunnel after a game. The charges were reduced from two criminal counts of battery and one of assault after he attacked Welsh players in...
Wesley Samoa
KAILUA-KONA — A man remains in critical condition following an assault that occurred early Monday morning in the parking lot of the Kona Seaside Hotel. Hawaii Police Department Maj. Robert Wagner said Tuesday that the victim, a 63-year-old security guard, is currently on Oahu receiving treatment...
Samoa Court building
Apia, SAMOA — The man convicted of the 1999 murder of Samoan Cabinet Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu, has appeared in court on theft charges. Alatise Leafa appeared this morning and pleaded not guilty to two charges for stealing over 200 cartons of beer worth more than $US6000 from a distributor in...
Guam Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio
Hagåtña, GUAM — The Guam Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, who is standing for re-election in November, is facing misdemeanour charges of official misconduct, reckless conduct and obstructing government function. The Pacific Daily News reported the complaint had been filed against him by the...

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