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Lourdes Leon Guerrero
Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam's Governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, is under pressure to pause clearance, construction and other activities related to the United States military build-up. A Chamorro studies specialist from the University of Guam, Michael Bevacqua, said there is deep community concern over the...
Apia, SAMOA — More than 2,000 students are expected to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games today as organizers seek to showcase the country's culture. Local officials have worked to develop an Opening Ceremony around the Games slogan "One in Spirit". Students from 16...
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa faifeau
Apia, SAMOA — Criminal lawyers from Samoa's Attorney General's office have taken over the prosecution of Congregational Christian Church ministers alleged to have evaded tax. This follows the first case against an initial 20 faife'au being thrown out on Thursday for a lack of evidence. Lawyers for...
Pacific Games logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is investing heavily to avoid the use of single-use plastics at the Pacific Games which starts this weekend. More than $US460,000 is being spent on the Greening of the Games initiative which will provide 250 water stations and more than 100 water dispensers at venues for the 12-...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister is facing a defamation lawsuit. The head of the Samoa Solidarity International Group, Nonu Ueni Fonoti, claims the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, defamed him over his disability on national television. The group has been highly critical of...
The Apia waterfront
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's capital Apia has had a facelift which opened yesterday just in time for the Pacific Games which begins this weekend. Apia's waterfront and downtown area have had a $US4 million makeover which was jointly funded by the New Zealand government and the Global Climate Fund. The...
 Samoan PM, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's newly passed amendments of the 1965 Alienation of Customary Lands Act has cleared uncertainties raised by local and overseas based Samoans. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for the registration of lands says the changes to the Principal Act aimed...
Minister of Education and Sports and Chairman of the Games Organising Committee, Loau Keneti Sio with the EFKS Church General Secretary Rev. Vavatau Taufao
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Education is scrambling up Plan B to cover for the unexpected pull out of 300 students from the Maluafou and Papauta Colleges of the EFFKS Church. Whatever Plan B entails the Minister of Education and Chairman of the Games Organising Committee, Loau Keneti Sio is not...
Samoa Court building
Apai, SAMOA — The Samoa district court hearing into tax charges against 20 ordained ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has begun in Apia. According to Samoan media, lead counsel for the ministers, Alex Su'a, told the court it is the contention of the church that ministers...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man known on social media as King Faipopo is facing new charges of making defamatory post on Facebook. Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social...

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