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Medical authorities are concerned at plans to set up an alternative cancer therapy clinic in Samoa aimed to attract more New Zealand patients. The Mexico-based clinic Hope 4 Cancer has had the go-ahead to set up as a joint venture with the Samoan government. The clinic says it offers hope to...
WORK IN SAMOA: Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy Gilbert with Samoan students during one of his recent visits. [Samoa Observer]
The United States Ambassador to Samoa’s term is coming to an end. That’s because President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff have issued a blanket edict on December 23 requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their postings by inauguration day, January 20. The US ambassador, Mark...
Xavier Lui with his three daughters Nafanua (middle), Leilani (right) and Emma (seated). [photo: Iona Salter]
An ocean-crossing, island-saving teenager is the Disney heroine kids are likely to be playing these school holidays, but for three Samoan sisters the fantasy is not so far from reality. Nafanua, Leilani and Emma are 14, 12 and 10-years-old respectively, and their dad Xavier Lui is teaching them the...
Through a supplemental motion, the US Justice Department has offered more evidence to the federal court in Honolulu to justify its request for the extradition of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted for the murder of his wife, Patricia Kearney, in Vava’u, Tonga.  The federal court has scheduled...
A California judge has limited the arguments that consumers alleging price-fixing in the packaged seafood industry can use in their lawsuits against the major US tuna canners. Lawyers for Thai Union Group, the owner of Chicken of the Sea, Dongwon Industries' Starkist, and Lion Capital's Bumble Bee...
SOLID SAMOAN: Seiuli Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson [Samoa Observer]
  When it comes to the year that Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had, he’s done it all. You see when we talk about his achievements it is not easy at all; in fact it’s very hard, as hard as… well… a rock. With all that the big man has achieved, stringing together a paragraph is almost too...
NOMINEES FOR INAUGURAL TOURISM AWARDS Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has announced their nominees for the first ever Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards. The nominees were selected as part of the STA surveys and inspections carried out by the Tourism Standards Committee and the STA...
Ele Opeloge of Samoa competes in the women's +75 kg weightlifting event during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 16, 2008.  [Photo: AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE via RNZI]
The Pacific's first female Olympic medalist has dedicated her victory to her country Samoa and her coach. Ele Opeloge, who placed fourth in Beijing in 2008 has now been awarded the silver medal for her performance after a review of athletes test samples in August found two athletes placed above her...
 Catholic Cathedral in Apia in Samoa  [photo: RNZI/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
The chairman of Samoa's National Council of Churches says a move by the government to amend the Constitution and make Samoa a Christian State is unnecessary. Reverend Kasiano Leaupepe's remarks were in relation to a Constitutional amendment bill presented for its first reading by Prime minister...
Apia, SAMOA — The body of a man that was found floating lifeless in Faleula four months ago has been identified as Fa’aaliga Onofia Seumanutafa, 46 years old of Matautu-Uta. This is according to Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu Wednesday in a phone interview with Samoa News. At the...

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