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 Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A monument erected by the New Zealand Government commemorating those who died in the Spanish influenza epidemic in Samoa has been unveiled in Samoa. It memorializes the 8500 lives lost in Samoa to the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918 . New Zealand's Minister of Social Development...
Ms. An Tran Thi follows defence counsel into the court room.
Apia, SAMOA — The 24 year old Vietnamese woman charged with carrying illegal drugs into the country a few weeks ago, faces a long, expensive wait, before the court is ready to examine charges against her. Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, has set next year the 17th of February 2020, for court to...
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Faith in the overriding will of God has left the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, unconcerned by any plot to have him killed. His reaction on national radio yesterday, was the first time he has responded publicly to an alleged murder conspiracy on his life.  “ God has...
Director Taika Waititi.
Honolulu, HAWAII — There is a casting call for speaking roles in a movie about the soccer team from American Samoa. It is an adaptation of the award-winning documentary film Next Goal Wins, which followed the national soccer team of American Samoa as they chased their World Cup dreams. Director,...
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Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa say they hope recent arrests will deter others from using social media to commit crimes. Police said two youths were in custody facing assault charges following an ambush which used Facebook to lure their victim. The use of social media to instigate violence reflected...
China's President Xi Jinping during state visit to PNG
Apia, SAMOA — China's ambassador to Samoa labelled critics of Beijing's activities in the Pacific "ignorant" and "prejudiced" Tuesday in the latest testy public missive from the rising Asian superpower's diplomatic corps. Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific islands was a major theme at a...
Map of Upolu with Laulii village located.
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan village has backtracked on a move to banish a villager allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Taualai Taualai is one of three suspects charged in connection with the foiled plot and was reportedly banned from his village of...
Dr Frances Koya-Vaka'uta from
Suva, FIJI — There is a "lingering fear that the strings attached to development aid" may expose the region to exploitation, an expert in Pacific arts and culture says. The director of the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, said there was a power imbalance...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police say an alleged conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, involved money changing hands between plotters. The revelation comes as they broaden their investigations outside of Samoa.  Police are examining at least one financial transfer...
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u and her husband King Tupou VI
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tongan police are considering laying treason charges against people insulting the royal family on Facebook, says the kingdom's attorney general. It comes as the government mulls blocking the social media platform because of escalating tensions between pro-democracy groups and...

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