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Talalelei Pauga and supporters
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Apia are working to extradite a Samoan man based in Australia in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, confirmed to the Samoa Observer that the Police had made an...
The Sun Daily newspaper masthead
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —  A Samoan woman was detained by police on suspicion of dumping a newborn baby into a trash bin in a restroom on the National Monument grounds, here yesterday. Dang Wangi District police chief ACP Mohd Fahmi Visunathan Abdullah said police were informed of the discovery of a...
Screenshot of Samoa Observer website
Apia, SAMOA — The publishers of the daily newspaper the Samoa Observer have been found guilty of defamation in the Supreme Court. n her 25-page finding Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa said the defendant is the company who owns the newspaper that published a letter on 29 March 2017 titled, Stop this...
Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs with Director Nikolao Pula
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech will be traveling this week to Hawai’i for meetings on Compact of Free Association funding for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The following week he will travel to Guam and...
Brown Girl Woke founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau addresses group members
Apia, SAMOA — Blood on the walls. Bruises like smashed plums. As long as Sefina* can remember, family violence has been part of her life. She watched her mother routinely attacked by her stepfather. “Sorry,” her mother would whisper afterwards to the children. Then, Sefina’s elder sister was nearly...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A woman who was banished from her village after murdering her ex-lover and trying to kill his wife is appealing her life sentence. Silapea Momoisea was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 14-and-a-half years, by Justice Mathew Downs at the High Court in...
Screenshot of USS Arizona Memorial reopening
Honolulu, HAWAII — Thousands of visitors flocked to the USS Arizona Memorial Sunday, which reopened after 15 months of repairs. Bob and Patty Drake of Minneapolis, who were on the first boat to the monument, said they waited nearly two hours in line to visit the monument dedicated to the people...
Samoa Government Building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is proposing to criminalize the leaking of government documents with an up to seven year jail term for those found guilty of the crime. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports that a draft amendment to the Crimes Act would make it illegal for public servants to disclose "any...
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is reviewing its policy on the repatriation of bodies back to the country. The Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's proposed policy is expected to strengthen measures used by authorities to allow for repatriation of the deceased. Ministry CEO Agafili Shem...
Reigning Miss Samoa beauty queen Sonia Piva
Apia, SAMOA — The crowning of the next Miss Samoa this week will end the reign of Miss Samoa beauty queen Sonia Piva, but not what she brought to the role and her own unique achievements that will be her legacy. As Miss Samoa she will be remembered as a young beautiful woman who has carried out her...

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