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Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — Police are investigating how a woman with a criminal record ended up working as a police officer in the Ministry of Police. The woman is a former bank teller where she stole a substantial amount of money from her employer. After her recruitment several months ago, she was placed under...
Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri (middle) with two senior doctors involved
Apia, SAMOA — Two babies and an adult are believed to have been killed in the measles epidemic in Samoa. The government has also today ordered all preschools and day care centres closed until further notice. In its latest advisory, the health ministry says there have been 15 confirmed cases in...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist church minister in Samoa is facing eight charges, including rape and sexual connection, in relation to a girl under 16 years of age, who was living with his family. The accused's name suppression was lifted by the court today after the prosecution confirmed the victim is...
Taumeasina Island, SAMOA — Taumeasina Island Resort in Samoa will be the site of the first ever Samoa Tatau Festival, dubbed the biggest event of its kind to be hosted in the independent state. It’s all about family, friends, tattoos, and music. The three-day event will feature LIVE tattooing and...
Measles screening  group at Pago Pago International Airport.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand minister responsible for measles says she's very concerned at the spread of the disease to Samoa and Tonga. The associate health minister, Julie Anne Genter, said New Zealand has offered advice and assistance and stands ready to help in any way. "I...
 The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.
Funafuti, TUVALU — Tuvalu's prime minister says his country is looking to Japan for assistance in creating an "artificial island". Kausea Natano has spoken to Kyodo News about fledgling plans for a major project using reclaimed land from the lagoon by the main atoll, Funafuti. The plans, revealed...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A notorious Samoan blogger has been jailed for seven weeks for defaming the Prime Minister. Malele Atofu Paulo, popularly known as King Faipopo, was sentenced in the Apia District Court this past week. His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, says he was convicted of criminal libel by Judge...
Noni fruit
Apia, SAMOA — A Chinese company has broken ground on a 24 acre site at Tanumalala in Samoa, where it plans to build a factory to make health products. The company, Skyline, will also grow and process fruit on site. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he welcomed Skyline's...
Luaipou Fidow making his way out of court after sentencing
Apia SAMOA — A husband who attacked his wife with a machete as their children looked on failed to win any sympathies in court this week. Luaipou Fidow of Fogapoa pleaded with Justice Mata Tuatagaloa for a second chance so he can be with his children he loves. Justice Tagaloa was not convinced and...
Tausala Lalelei o Amerika Samoa “Epifania Petelo”
Mt Hagen, PNG — Papua New Guinea will host the Miss Pacific Islands pageant at the end of next month, Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha said this in Mt Hagen recently. She said the Miss Pacific Islands quest will be held in Port Moresby with 12 Pacific Island counries vying for the title. The 12...

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