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Tui Vaai Jr.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa District Court has issued an arrest warrant for Tui Vaai Jr who flew out of the country while a criminal case against him was on foot.  The arrest warrant was issued on July 20, 2018 which was the day he was scheduled to appear before the court for his sentencing.  Assistant...
Measles, MMR vaccine (file photo)
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There is a high likelihood medical error was to blame for the deaths of two infants in Samoa following their MMR vaccinations, a vaccinologist and senior lecturer says. The one-year-olds died earlier this month, minutes after receiving the jab for measles, mumps and...
Electoral Commissioner Faimalo Mathew Lemisio
Apia, SAMOA — Compulsory voting will eliminate vote selling and lead to the changing of mindsets among voters that candidates ‘own' their votes.  Speaking on the move by the Government to introduce amendments to electoral laws to make voting compulsory in Samoa, Electoral Commissioner Faimalo...
San Francisco Hall of Justice photo
San Francisco, CA — Days after a Samoa rugby player allegedly punched three players on the opposing Wales team following a match at AT&T Park, a San Francisco judge on Wednesday ordered his release from jail with conditions. Samoa player Gordon Langkilde must remain in the U.S. while awaiting...
Manu player Gordon Langkilde, center-right with white headband
San Francisco, CA. — San Francisco Police have confirmed they have arrested Manu Samoa sevens player Gordon Langkilde in connection with an altercation during the recent World Cup tournament. Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on Tuesday he understood that Langkilde had...
Apia police headquarters
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa, police are investigating the remains of two adults found on a beach near the village of Sa'anapu on Upolu.In Samoa, police are investigating the remains of two adults found on a beach near the village of Sa'anapu on Upolu. The police say they believe the remains of bones and...
View of Apia
Apia, SAMOA — A new political party has reportedly been registered in Samoa. Talamua Online reports Samoa's Electoral Commissioner has confirmed the Samoa First party has been registered. A source told Talamua that the party hoped to bring change to Samoa's political landscape and would push to...
Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has downplayed concerns that the use of “reasonable force” in schools is a step backward for Samoa. During his weekly program with the media, the Prime Minister said the amendments introduced in the last Parliament session to allow the use...
Justin Joshua Waiki
HONOLULU (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with officers Friday after a three-day search across the Big Island, authorities said. Justin Waiki was killed and an officer was injured during the shootout, Hawaii County Managing Director Wil...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned the General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, to leave politics to politicians. Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered the warning during his weekly media conference...

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