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Ryan Pardee
Apia, SAMOA — Three officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are in Samoa this week to train information technology workers in the police and other government ministries to fight cybercrime. Twenty six professionals are being trained in the basics of how to investigate...
. Sipili Nanai or Zipso
Apia, SAMOA — The Supreme Court has set aside the Warrant of Arrest for Sipili Nanai, Samoa’s hit singer known as Zipso. Nanai’s sentencing has been re-scheduled for next week. The defendant’s lawyer gave him the wrong time for his court appearance early this week on Wednesday, April 10. The court...
Crops in Samoa were badly affected by a drought in 2014
Apia, SAMOA — The dry spell gripping Samoa shows no sign of abating, with forecasts of a drought on the horizon. Farmers have blamed the dry spell for the skyrocketing price of fruit and vegetables, with some produce costing 200 percent more. The head of the Samoa Meteorological Service, Mulipola...
Lama Lauvao, Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — A request to move court proceedings for individuals accused of beating a hotel security guard was denied. Kona Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino on Friday heard several motions filed by defense attorney Barry L. Sooalo on behalf of Wesley Samoa, one of three people accused of...
19-year-old Alexandrina Etelei
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A teenager who recently arrived in the country from Samoa has been reported missing by her family. Counties Manukau Police said on its Facebook page that 19-year-old Alexandrina Etelei was reported missing from her home in Kelston, West Auckland on March 27. Police said it...
Johnny Vaili scores a 2nd half try for Manu Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Better fitness is behind for the Samoa Sevens team's strong performance in the current World Series, coach Sir Gordon Tietjens says. After a dismal couple of seasons, Samoa is now a regular contender in tournament quarterfinals, having placed 4th last weekend in Hong Kong, following...
 Congregational Christian Church of Samoa pastors
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's District court has set 1st July to start a hearing for twenty pastors of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa after they entered not guilty pleas over refusing to pay income taxes. The matter was called today for hearing of stay of proceedings and quash of charges...
 A banner at the protest against the End of Life Choice Bill.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — People from New Zealand's Pacific communities have rallied at parliament against a proposal to legalize euthanasia. The End of Life Choice Bill would give terminally ill people the option of requesting help to die. About 200 hundred people gathered in parliament grounds to...
Marijuana plants
Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam has passed a law legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed off on bill 32 on Thursday, after it narrowly passed a vote in the legislature. Adults 21 years and older can own up to three mature cannabis plants and possess up to 1 ounce of the...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways says its newly leased plane is now in Apia and will begin flying on Saturday 6 April. The airline said the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft has been leased from Malindo Air which is owned by the Indonesian Lion Air Group and based in Malaysia. It has now gained regulatory...

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