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Photo of Mulifanua wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa are reviewing CCTV footage to try and find how a baby's body came to be dumped in a rubbish bin in Apia. The body was discovered a week ago at Mulifanua wharf, and a forensic examination of the scene has been carried out. It comes less than a month after another baby's...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — Siaosi Sooa of Faatoia, Samoa has been found guilty of raping his nephew’s 20 year-old wife. A panel of assessors returned with a guilty verdict after a 2 day hearing in Samoa’s Supreme Court this week. The Court heard that the offending took place in 2016 at Faatoia where the accused...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Building your own home is a dream come true for most families – especially when you've saved up and worked hard to afford to do so. But for one Samoan family, who chose not to reveal their surname, their hopes of dream home renovation has turned to devastation. In 2017,...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Passengers aboard a flight to Samoa have been returned to Auckland after the plane developed engineering issues. Flight NZ992 departed from Auckland at 3.40pm today and was expected in Apia about 8pm, but returned to Auckland International Airport. A spokeswoman for the...
Opulicious Poke location [Facebook]
Las Vegas, NEVADA — Fans of Hawaiian plate lunches and Samoan specialties have a new destination in southeast Vegas to sample ono “island favorites.” Right on schedule, Opulicious Poke has slotted into the 1,350-square-foot former home of Shoku Ramen-ya at the Windmill Lane Plaza, close to the...
President of J.A.W.S. Rudy Bartley
Apia, SAMOA — The President of the Journalists Association of (Western) (J.A.W.S.) Samoa, Rudy Bartley, called on the Government to dump its proposal to criminalize the leaking of Government documents with punishments of up to seven years' jail.  Mr. Bartley said the Association is concerned by the...
Siasau Matagiese in restaurant
Honolulu, HAWAII — Part Hawaiian, part Samoan, Siasau Matagiese learned to swim before he could walk. Growing up in Kauai, his dad—having learned from his own father—would take him spear-fishing every day, catching species like kalas (bluespine unicorn fish) and small uluas (trevally) for dinner....
Map of smuggling routes
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — For thousands of Australians, the sun-drenched Pacific Islands represent the perfect getaway.   Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are just a short flight from Australia's major eastern cities, and the laidback island resorts cater to all budgets.   On the other side of the Pacific...
Police tape sealing off the area at the Mulifanua wharf,
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are reviewing video evidence as they seek to determine the circumstances that led to the body of dead newborn baby girl being dumped next to a trash bin at the Mulifanua wharf on Saturday morning.  “We are investigating this matter," said the Commissioner of Police,...
Apia, SAMOA — Local government officials have no knowledge of a Samoan woman reported to have given birth in a rest room and dumped her new born baby in a trash bin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The story was reported by the Sun Daily online media in Kuala Lumpur dated Tuesday 3 September. The Acting...

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