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Apia, SAMOA — With a history spanning close to 41 years, we at the Samoa Observer have an obligation to the citizens of this nation to pursue and tell the truth.  It could mean pushing the envelope at times, often to the displeasure of the powers that be, but we owe it to our readers to navigate...
Fatima Langkilde with her cousin, Johannes Langkilde
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fatima Langkilde with her cousin, Johannes Langkilde, a television journalist from Denmark, who is conducting a research for a book about the roots of the Langkilde family — from Denmark, to Samoa, and American Samoa. Johannes is the evening news anchor for Danish...
John Reno Sagaga, second from left, passes teammate Onosai Sanerivi
Seattle, WASHINGTON — If not for the Olympic Mountains shimmering in the distance, it might be hard to place the scene that unfolds on a grassy field at Seattle’s Jefferson Park most Saturdays in spring and summer. It could almost be the British countryside, with dozens of people engaged in a sport...
Samoa flag
London, UK — Nations that register vessels under so-called “flags of convenience” allowing them to sail legally have de-listed dozens of tankers owned by Iran in recent months, tightening the economic noose around it. De-flagging Iranian ships is just one way the international community is...
Exhibit 2 heroin
Apia, SAMOA — Police confiscated heroin and cocaine tablets with an estimated street value of more than $400,00 Samoan tala from a passenger who arrived at Faleolo on Sunday, 21 July. The 24-year-old female passenger who allegedly carried the tablets into the country, has been charged in connection...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi called for further "consultations" on transgender sports policies during the Closing Ceremony of the 2019 Pacific Games at Apia Park. The Ceremony featured plenty of pageantry including thousands of students and schoolchildren...
Roberta Haynes
Apia, SAMOA — A star of the 1950's Hollywood movie, Return to Paradise, is returning to Samoa next week. Roberta Haynes, who lit up the silver screen opposite Gary Cooper, died in April and her family is having her ashes interred at a chapel overlooking the beach made famous by the movie. A...
Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala on a tank.
Sibiu, Romania — Growing up on Savaii in Western Samoa, Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala, 47, dreamed of joining the U.S. Army. He vividly remembers the moment he knew he wanted to enlist. “Back home in Samoa, I was watching the liberation of Kuwait on a small black and white TV during the first Gulf War. I...
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate, Natasha Mailei visits her grandfather, Asi Mailei, in the village of Tuana'i in Samoa.
Tuana’i, SAMOA — One sailor on board HMAS Sirius had the unique opportunity to visit her grandfather while in Samoa recently, returning to her home in the small village of Tuana’i for the first time in 12 years.  Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Natasha Mailei is one of the 77 crew members of Sirius who...
Members of the American Samoa delegation to the 16th Pacific Games in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — In the last day of the Pacific Games Women’s Basketball Event’s Group Phase, four teams will be battling for positions to determine the cast for the Qualifying Finals. Guam and Tahiti are sporting identical 1-1 win-loss cards and will face-off at the curtain-raiser at 12:00 pm. The...

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