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The Central Bank of Samoa in the Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan businesses, churches and individuals have been implicated in a multi-billion dollar global cryptocurrency scam. Samoa's Central Bank said on Thursday that OneCoin had compromised the country's financial system. OneCoin has been labelled by the US Justice Department as a pyramid...
Samoa Cabinet photo from June 2018
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, is to head the Ministry of Health, with the current minister, Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama, being moved to Women Affairs. The cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, was...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A twenty year old man of Fasitoo-uta, who was murdered on Easter Sunday evening, was about to leave to work in American Samoa. Miracle Mioko Ivaaileone of Fasito’o-uta was been beaten to death by two men on Sunday evening. Miracle’s sister, Pelenatete Senio, said her brother went with...
Samoa Pacific Games logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Pacific Games Office says criticism over the awarding of its broadcasting contract is wrong. The Journalists' Association of Samoa and TV1 Samoa have this week hit out at the appointment of an overseas company as host broadcaster. It comes after the Pacific Games Office on...
Outgoing Samoa Chief Justice Patu Falefalu Sapolu, second from right.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will soon have a new chief justice appointed by the head of state, on the advice of the prime minister, after the retirement of Patu Falefatu Maka Sapolu. Patu has been chief justice for 27 years and bid farewell to the judiciary in a special sitting of the court today. He...
Tonga Supreme Court building
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested 17 people in a series of drug busts over Easter Weekend. The Drug Taskforce arrested ten men on Friday and another 7 on Saturday across three locations in the main island of Tongatapu. Police also seized a small amount of methamphetamine, cannabis,...
Reporter with a microphone.
Paris, FRANCE — Democracies across Asia and the Pacific are struggling to resist disinformation and protect press freedoms, according to a new report. Reporters Without Borders, on Thursday, released its 2019 index, showing an increase in self-censorship of journalists in parts of the Pacific last...
GYMNASIUM FLOODING
Apia, SAMOA — The future of the Apia Park Sports Complex beyond the Pacific Games in July is uncertain, as it is now firmly established that it is flood prone. The Vaisigano River is largely to blame for the flooding and the resulting damages; the worst one during Cyclone Evans in 2012. The river...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has a first woman qualified to captain an ocean going vessel. She is 30 year old Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu. She was among the 136 graduates of the Samoa Shipping Corporation  Maritime Academy presented with their certificates last Wednesday night. Moananu will navigate the...
Facial tattoo
Pape'ete, FRENCH POLYNESIA — There has been an outcry in French Polynesia over a reported bid by a French politician keen to inscribe Polynesian tattooing as part of the UNESCO world heritage. The proposal was made by a left-wing member of the European Parliament, Younous Omarjee, who is from the...

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