State Funeral

Shane Warne to receive a state funeral

Warne, 52, was holidaying with friends in Thailand when he was found unresponsive in his villa on Friday and could not be revived.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Twitter that he had spoken with Warne's family on Sunday and that they agreed to the service.

Andrews said the state funeral would be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to Warne's contribution to cricket, the state and the country.

He said details would be finalised in the coming days.

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid hero

The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town.

Tributes have been pouring in from leaders around the world, including Pope Francis, US President Joe Biden and the UK's Queen Elizabeth II.

Tutu was one of the country's best known figures at home and abroad.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement that Tutu had helped bring about "a liberated South Africa".

State funeral held to bid farewell to Samoa’s longest serving journalist

He passed away at the age of 91.

Hundreds of families and friends gathered at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Sataoa, to pay tribute and say their final good-byes before he was laid to rest at Tauesealemanu.

Among the mourners were the caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and caretaker Cabinet Ministers. 

In the year 1963, Afemata edited Samoa College’s first publication. He then became a School Principal at Palauli Primary School in Savai'i. 

PNG's founding father laid to rest

The East Sepik capital yesterday hosted the burial service for the four-time PNG prime minister, which followed a state funeral held last Friday in Port Moresby.

There's been widespread mourning in PNG and across the Pacific for the loss of Sir Michael who died in late February of pancreatic cancer aged 84.

PNG organised a series of haus krais, or mourning events, over two weeks in Port Moresby for representatives of all the country's provinces to progressively come and pay respects to Sir Michael.

State funeral in Samoa for member of council of deputies

The funeral procession started from Pa'u's Funeral Parlour at Moto'otua towards the temporary Parliament Buildings at Tuana'imato where he lay in state.

The state funeral service will then be held at Parliament house and will be led by the Samoa National Council of Churches.

Tuiloma, a deputy head of state and one of the longest serving politicians and public servants in Samoa, died last week at the age of 83.

Public holiday, State Funeral for Samoa Council of Deputies member

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has also declared a Public Holiday for the same day in honour Tuiloma who passed away last weekend.

Tuiloma was a Member of the Council of Deputies since February 2016.

He has served as a Member of Parliament for 31 years, representing the Safata District from 1979 to 1995, and as Falealili's Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2015.

He was also a Cabinet Minister for Sports and Culture Affairs and as the Minister for Revenue.

He served in the public service for sixty years.