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Paul Harman in handcuffs with Homeland Security officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Tongan national with an arrest warrant issued by the Washington State Court for raping an underage girl back in 2005 was arrested by armed Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) last Friday here in American Samoa. Paul Harman appeared in High...
Miss Samoa Sonia Piva
Apia, SAMOA — Miss Samoa Sonia Piva has begun preparations for the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant which is scheduled for November 23 in Tonga.  The reigning Miss Samoa leaves Samoa for Tonga three days before the regional pageant, which will see her coming up against peers from throughout the...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman told the court last week that the reason why she missed two court hearings was because she traveled to Tonga to visit her sick mother. In return, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia informed the young woman that she’s not allowed to leave the territory while...
The aftermath of Cyclone Gita
Tonga's government says while shipments of food and clothing to Tonga will incur tax from the end of August, building materials will continue to be duty-free until February 2020. Kaniva Pacific reports an exemption was put in place on items sent home from Tongans overseas for six months after...
American Samoa’s starting 11 for the game against Samoa on Match Day 2 of the OFC U-16 Championship Qualifier at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. American Samoa lost to Samoa 10-3. Gabriel Taumua scored two goals for American Samoa, and Peter Lauvao scored the...
American Samoa’s captain Gabriel Taumua
Veitongo, TONGA — American Samoa lost to Samoa 10-3 in their second game of the OFC U-16 Championship Qualifier at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.   “This result was really unexpected,” said the team’s coach, Rupeni Luvu.  “I really didn’t expect the game to...
American Samoa will play Samoa on Match Day 2 of the OFC U16 Championship Qualifier, looking for its first win on the second day of the tournament at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. on July 17, 2018 (11 a.m., July 16, American Samoa time and date). American...
TEAM CELEBRATES
Veitongo, TONGA —American Samoa drew 2-2 with Tonga in their first game of the OFC U16 Championship Qualifiers at Loto-Tonga Center in Veitongo, Tonga on Saturday, July 14, 2018. It was a disappointing draw for American Samoa as they led 2-0, only to have Tonga come back and tie it in the last 11...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Liamelie Latu is president of the People's National Party that was launched over the weekend in Tonga. Latu is a retired army colonel and diplomat, who said the party would focus on traditional Tongan values, aiming for "peace and prosperity". It was good to have another party...
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA — A group of Tongans is preparing a petition which calls for the resignation of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The group, understood to contain both foreign based and local Tongans, has launched an online fundraiser in an effort to raise capital so they can promote their cause....

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