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Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — As Dom Toretto is fond of reminding us over and over and over again, the Fast & Furious franchise is all about family. But as far back as the 2001 original, the series has also placed a strong emphasis on diversity. In fact, the Fast & Furious movies saw the...
Hans Dalton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A coroner has been unable to determine how New Zealand man Hans Dalton came to drown in a Samoan prison six and a half years ago. Mr Dalton - a 38-year-old psychiatric patient - had been holidaying with family when Cyclone Evan struck and he lost his medication. He was put...
Apia, SAMOA — Two senior nurses in Samoa have been sentenced to five years in prison for incorrectly administering the MMR vaccine which resulted in two infants dying. Lannacalastah Samuelu and Lameko Sui both died on the same day in July last year shortly after receiving the vaccination for...
The grey Nissan Cube car
Apia, SAMOA — Police are investigating the deaths of a church pastor and a woman whose bodies were found inside a grey Nissan Cube car at the Faleata sports complex Wednesday morning. The car was parked opposite the United Nations Headquarters at Tuana’imato. Talamua sources confirm the man is a...
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...

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