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Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti.  [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti has set the record straight dismissing rumors circulating that funds used for their trip to Rome were from the government of Samoa.  However, he explained that $10,000 was a gift from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his family,...
 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a crowd watching as a young mother accused of sorcery, is stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. [Photo: AFP / Post Courier via RNZI]
A trial has begun in Papua New Guinea of 122 people accused of wilful murder, in what is the country's largest sorcery-related court case. The Post Courier reports that 97 of the "Ramu 122" appeared in court in Madang on Thursday. Twenty-four others, who had been released on bail, failed to show....
[Photo: AAP via RNZI]
An Auckland city councillor is pushing for the city's annual Pasifika festival to be relocated to South Auckland. The Pasifika festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world and will run for two days at Western Springs Park. Over the years the festival has boasted attendance...
  HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three-day meeting in Honolulu Thursday with a suite of recommendations, many of which are focused on keeping US fishing grounds open to sustainably managed US fisheries. The Council includes local fishery department...
Opapo Soana’i Oeti during a press conference he called at his residence in Vaitele regarding having his pastoral titles that have been stripped by the Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) in a decision following their meeting last week.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo So’anai Oeti has leveled heavy allegations against Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS), after the Elders Committee stripped him (Opapo) of his pastoral titles within the church, last week, after voting...
Tackling HIV, STI and TB, in Samoa, United Nations Development Program Lizbeth Cullity, Ministry of Health’s Director General, Leausa Dr Take Naseri and Digicel Special Program Manager, Waikato Fatu launched the T3 campaign, Talk it, Test it, Treat it.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — “We have seen the danger of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and the danger of Chlamydia” and it needs to be addressed head on, says Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Director General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. During a press conference for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),...
 Tuiasau appeals to Samoan men to stop domestic violence [Photo: Supplied/ Bright Sunday via RNZI]
A plea to the heads of Samoan families or matai to take the lead against domestic violence has come from the lead actor in the critically acclaimed movie One Thousand Ropes. Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, who plays the central character, Maea, has urged matai to speak for "sisters" against the big problem...
Apia, SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice Mata Tuatagaloa has dismissed sex charges against police officer, Leilani Savea. Held last week, Savea was charged with having sexual connection and indecent assault. According to the court’s written decision, testimony by the victim says that on the night of...
Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during his 2AP radio program at his office.  (Photo JL)
Apia, SAMOA — Following his announcement last week about the Overseas Medical Referral Program (OMRP) during his 2AP radio program, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi issued an official statement noting that Samoa’s health services will look to have a massive improvement with the new...
To date more than 2,000 volunteers with the Peace Corps came to Samoa and have since been providing technical assistance and other services.  (Courtesy Photo)
Apia, SAMOA — Peace Corps celebrates 50 years since volunteers from the United States of America first came to Samoa. According to information gathered from the US Embassy, the first Peace Corps came to Samoa in 1967 and one of the first tasks was to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of a...

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