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Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — The Attorney General's Office in Samoa is seeking a closed court hearing next year for the trial of two men accused of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The issue was raised on Friday when one of the three suspects, who has pleaded guilty to two...
Apia, SAMOA — A Chinese expatriate was killed at Vaitele on Saturday night from what emergency health officials confirmed as knife wounds. Three other Chinese men who were with him also suffered cuts and bruises. The deceased died on arrival at the TTM Hospital Moto’otua from what was reportedly...
 Hans Dalton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The mother of a psychiatric patient who died in a Samoa prison is turning to the government for help one last time. It's been almost seven years since Hans Dalton's body was found half-submerged in a water drum in a Tafa'igata prison cell. The 38-year-old was holidaying with...
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Apia, SAMOA — Heavy rain that's causing flooding along northern Samoa is forecast to continue well into the weekend. The rain has caused flooding in some areas, as well as parts of the capital, Apia. Samoa's meteorological service said the trough was expected to linger for about another two days,...
Kolani Junior Lam outside the courthouse in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The husband accused of murdering his wife has denied the charge and described his wife, as a loving, committed and good hearted person. Kolani Junior Lam is standing trial for the murder of Sa’u Justina Fiapaipai Sa’u on 20 October 2018. He described his late wife as a person who...
 Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri (middle) with two senior doctors
Apia, SAMOA — Health officials in Samoa are waiting for confirmation of a suspected measles case thought to have been transmitted from the Auckland outbreak. The Ministry of Health held a news conference in Apia on Wednesday and said if lab results sent to Melbourne were positive, an outbreak would...
Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA — The recently crowned Miss Samoa NZ 2019 takes up her duties in Apia this week and hopes to use her new platform to help prevent measles from spreading to the island nation. Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland-Seumanu, 24, known as Fono, has left her role as a public health nurse for Auckland's...
 Vaimoso Methodist Church children learning their White Sunday verses.
Apia, SAMOA —  White Sunday is approaching and the children are spending time to practice for their special day in front of parents and the congregation. White Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday of October every year and it’s a day that excite the children by getting to wear new clothes and...
Tusitala 'Tiny' Toese,
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A right-wing extremist who rose to prominence for fighting in Portland during political protests and fled the Pacific Northwest after being indicted on felony assault charges has pleaded not guilty. Tusitala “Tiny” Toese of Vancouver, Washington, pleaded not guilty to assault...
(L to R) Dr. Meridith Jaeger, UEDA President; Dr. Margo Fliss, UEDA Awards of Excellence Committee Chair, Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio PBCP Director, Mike Lurvey UH PBCP/MPBI scientist & inventor and Dr. Julia Potter, incoming UEDA President.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Another pioneering project spawned at the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) is gaining national attention. The project — coastal ‘Hauula Resilience Model Village’ —  utilizing a Thermal Conversion of Organic Material (TCOM) waste management technology...

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