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Federal District Court Building in Anchorage, Alaska.
    Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Accused by federal prosecutors as being the “instigator” and “leader” in a mail theft case, which included Apple computers, Congress Lepou is also alleged to have also stolen hundreds of cigarette cartons and cans of chewing tobacco as well as cellular phones — all...
Faces of meth abuse.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has pointed the finger at neighboring American Samoa as being a source of illegal drugs being smuggled into the country. Newsline Samoa reports the customs minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, saying American Samoa had been a long standing headache for his country's...
Federal District Court Building in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage, ALASKA — One of the three Samoan defendants — accused along with three others with stealing more than 300 computers sent by mail and destined for schools in remote villages in Alaska — was sentenced last Friday at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska. Breadoflife ‘Presley’ Faiupu, 36...
Saute Sapolu
Apia, SAMOA — A member of the public has made a verbal threat against Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in a video that immediately went viral last night. Saute Sapolu posted the video on Facebook yesterday. In the video, Saute swears at Prime Minister Tuilaepa, using words that...
Malele Paulo at the Police station
Apia, SAMOA — The Police yesterday confirmed that Malele Paulo, better known as “King Faipopo,” has been charged with making false statements. The confirmation from the Police was issued after Mr. Paulo spent Friday night in Police custody following his arrest at the S.N.P.F. Plaza that afternoon....
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND  — A quietly spoken police officer, dressed in trademark black boots and blue-on-blue is hunched over a lab table examining a huge fist of cannabis. Kent Onesemo is one of 10 forensic police officers in Samoa. But the father of three has big dreams of making changes in his...
Talalelei Pauga.
Apia, SAMOA — The man, who threw a pig’s head and dog food, at Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Queensland Australia last year, does not regret his actions. Speaking to the Weekend Observer at Mulinu’u yesterday, Talalelei Pauga, of Lauli’i and Manono, denied that he attacked the...
Gary Juffa
Port Moresby, PNG — A member of Papua New Guinea's parliament says the Pacific Islands should not be lumped in with Asia as a region. Gary Juffa, the Governor of Oro province, said the Asia-Pacific tag was a misnomer as far as Pacific Island countries are concerned. According to him, the Pacific...
Photo of rat
Apia, SAMOA — The increase in the rat population in Samoa is causing concern amongst the business community The Samoa Observer reports that the managing director of Natural Foods International Limited, Papali'i Grant Percival, said rats are a persistent problem on his company's farm. He says they...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Matai titles bestowed outside Samoa without the presence and blessings of the Village Council are “lies.” The description was offered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Auckland where he attended Waitangi Day celebration with a delegation from Samoa....

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