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 Luse Emo Tauvale (center)
Apia, SAMOA — The inquest in Samoa to determine why two one year old babies died after receiving the MMR injection has been stayed until the end of the trial of two nurses charged with their manslaughter. The two nurses, Leutogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tauvale, are accused over the deaths of the two...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is today marking 20 years since he became the country's leader. He is the longest serving prime minister in the Pacific region. In his weekly radio interview, Tuila'epa said doctors had reassured him he was in good health with a...
Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma, Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko and C.E.O. of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo.
Apia, SAMOA — Following a roundtable discussion on religion’s role in ending family violence, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu Maliko believes some church leaders are still in denial. The office of the Ombudsman alongside UN Women facilitated a panel-led public discussion on the matter, where following...
Samoa National Kidney Foundation will increase its dialysis units to 60 by next year
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa National Kidney Foundation will increase its dialysis units to 60 by next year to meet the projected increase in patients with late stage kidney failure. The Minster of Health Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama said the government had also approved the relocation of the Foundation to...
Apia, SAMOA — A 41-year-old Samoan man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to cultivating marijuana plants for sale. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson told Ulugia Sala Suivai of Vaiusu the penalties for drug sellers must be severe. Police said when they searched the defendant's home...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The man who owns the security firm on duty at the launch of Samoa Airways flights in Brisbane last week, when two men attempted to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has spoken out about the ordeal. Galumalemana Aurthur Nanai said he chased the men after they...
Kolani Junior Lam.
Apia, SAMOA — A man who was taken into custody in connection with the death of his wife has filed a bail application in the Supreme Court. Kolani Junior Lam made the application before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, through his counsel Leiataualesa Komisi Koria.  He...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 30-year-old male of Sa’asa’ai. Last Sunday the police responded to a homicide case at Pu’apu’a where it was confirmed that the deceased is a male of Sa’asa’ai. A postmortem is scheduled to confirm the cause of death with...
The newly built APEC Haus in Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby, PNG — The United States will join Australia in expanding the Lombrum Naval Base on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. US vice-president Mike Pence made the announcement today at the APEC leader's summit in PNG's capital Port Moresby. Mr Pence, who is representing his country at APEC in...
People walk through debris in Samoa's capital Apia, Dec. 14, 2012, after cyclone Evan
Apia, SAMOA — ‘First and worst’ is how environmental campaigners describe the impact of climate change on the people of Samoa in the South Pacific. The Polynesian nation of 200,000 people fears it will feel the full force of more frequent tropical cyclones, and that rising sea levels will drive...

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