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Manu player Gordon Langkilde, center-right with white headband
San Francisco, CA. — San Francisco Police have confirmed they have arrested Manu Samoa sevens player Gordon Langkilde in connection with an altercation during the recent World Cup tournament. Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on Tuesday he understood that Langkilde had...
Apia police headquarters
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa, police are investigating the remains of two adults found on a beach near the village of Sa'anapu on Upolu.In Samoa, police are investigating the remains of two adults found on a beach near the village of Sa'anapu on Upolu. The police say they believe the remains of bones and...
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Apia, SAMOA — A new political party has reportedly been registered in Samoa. Talamua Online reports Samoa's Electoral Commissioner has confirmed the Samoa First party has been registered. A source told Talamua that the party hoped to bring change to Samoa's political landscape and would push to...
Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has downplayed concerns that the use of “reasonable force” in schools is a step backward for Samoa. During his weekly program with the media, the Prime Minister said the amendments introduced in the last Parliament session to allow the use...
Justin Joshua Waiki
HONOLULU (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with officers Friday after a three-day search across the Big Island, authorities said. Justin Waiki was killed and an officer was injured during the shootout, Hawaii County Managing Director Wil...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned the General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, to leave politics to politicians. Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered the warning during his weekly media conference...
Performers providing entertainment at the National University of Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Within six weeks of battling manic depression, renowned Samoan author, Sia Figiel, was able to complete her book “Free Love”.  During the launch “Free Love” on Wednesday, Sia spoke openly about her love hate relationship with the mental illness.   “I wrote this in six weeks and I got...
Samoa Planet logo
Auckland, NEW ZELAND — The Samoa Planet website, which publishes news, blogs and other Pasifika stories will close after nearly two years. Its founders, Lani Wendt Young and Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff, announced the decision on the website this week, saying they were pursuing other endeavours. The pair...
Paul Spoonley [Photo: RNZ]
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand Immigration should review the Samoan Quota ballot because of record numbers of people applying, an academic says. The ballot is open to Samoan nationals aged between 18 and 45. 1100 names of people are drawn annually who can then apply for residency. In 2012,...
Officer Bronson Kaliloa
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii police believe a suspect wanted in the killing of the first officer to be fatally shot on the Big Island is being hidden by associates. Justin Waiki is wanted in the fatal shooting of Hawaii County Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Other...

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