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Paulo Malele or King Faipopo (in white shirt) who is charged for making false statements against the Prime Minister, with some of his supporters outside court
APIA, SAMOA —Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi will give evidence in the trial of an Australian based Samoan man who is being charged of making false accusations against him. Prosecutor Iliganoa Atoa told Talamua that the Prime Minister will be one of seven witnesses she will...
 ( l r) Grieving sister Pelenatete Senio with her brother and victim of a fatal beating, Miracle Iva Aileone
Apia, SAMOA — The oldest sister of 20-year-old Miracle Iva Aileone, is mourning the loss of her little brother, who was allegedly beaten to death on the evening of Easter Sunday in Fasitoo Uta. Pelenatete Senio, 37, said it’s hard to forget her brother, the fourth of seven siblings, and a funny yet...
Colonel Esther Joan Aguigui
Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam senators have selected a woman as the head of the National Guard in the territory for the first time. Colonel Esther Joan Aguigui will officially serve as the director of the Department of Military Affairs and the adjutant general of the Guam National Guard. The Guam Daily Post...
The Central Bank of Samoa in the Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan businesses, churches and individuals have been implicated in a multi-billion dollar global cryptocurrency scam. Samoa's Central Bank said on Thursday that OneCoin had compromised the country's financial system. OneCoin has been labelled by the US Justice Department as a pyramid...
Samoa Cabinet photo from June 2018
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, is to head the Ministry of Health, with the current minister, Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama, being moved to Women Affairs. The cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, was...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A twenty year old man of Fasitoo-uta, who was murdered on Easter Sunday evening, was about to leave to work in American Samoa. Miracle Mioko Ivaaileone of Fasito’o-uta was been beaten to death by two men on Sunday evening. Miracle’s sister, Pelenatete Senio, said her brother went with...
Samoa Pacific Games logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Pacific Games Office says criticism over the awarding of its broadcasting contract is wrong. The Journalists' Association of Samoa and TV1 Samoa have this week hit out at the appointment of an overseas company as host broadcaster. It comes after the Pacific Games Office on...
Outgoing Samoa Chief Justice Patu Falefalu Sapolu, second from right.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will soon have a new chief justice appointed by the head of state, on the advice of the prime minister, after the retirement of Patu Falefatu Maka Sapolu. Patu has been chief justice for 27 years and bid farewell to the judiciary in a special sitting of the court today. He...
Tonga Supreme Court building
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested 17 people in a series of drug busts over Easter Weekend. The Drug Taskforce arrested ten men on Friday and another 7 on Saturday across three locations in the main island of Tongatapu. Police also seized a small amount of methamphetamine, cannabis,...
Reporter with a microphone.
Paris, FRANCE — Democracies across Asia and the Pacific are struggling to resist disinformation and protect press freedoms, according to a new report. Reporters Without Borders, on Thursday, released its 2019 index, showing an increase in self-censorship of journalists in parts of the Pacific last...

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