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Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's District Court says it has jurisdiction to hear a defamation complaint made by Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The accused is Malele Atofu Paulo, a Samoan based in Australia, who is also known as King Faipopo. The decision of Justice Alalatoa Rosella Papalii,...
Alatise Vitale outside the court
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Justice's has recalled a convicted murderer to continue serving his life sentence. Alatise Le'afa Vitale is already in custody for alleged breaches of his release from jail six years ago. Alatise was convicted alongside his father Leafa Vitale and Toi Aukuso who...
Samoan church
Otago NEW ZEALAND — A new study recommends Samoan churches need to be actively involved in solving the Island’s domestic violence problems. It’s estimated 60 per cent of women on the island nation are the victim of spousal violence. From the age of five, 99 per cent of Samoans are affiliated...
Puna Raela a nine-year-old girl from the Cook Islands
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — The mother of a young Cook Islands girl detained in the United States wants her returned home. Cook Islands News reports Puna Raela, a nine-year-old girl from Aitutaki, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport last week by United States authorities. Miss Raela's...
Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has asked China to assist with acquiring a robot to help combat drug trafficking from American Samoa. The Revenue Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt told the Samoa Observer newspaper the government has made the request to the Chinese government. Tialavea said the...
Samoa's parliament chamber
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Budget for the upcoming year, which was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, is expected to have an overall deficit of over $US32 million. This is despite an expected drop in government expenditures by 3.3 percent. Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti told Parliament the budget...
 Dr. Kapuana Ainuu holding Soga'i Online Taxi Stand sign
Apia, SAMOA — An all new innovative online taxi stand offering safe, professional services to and from anywhere in the country, has opened in Samoa. The Soga'i Online Taxi Stand based in Alafua has been in operation for exactly one month, owners Dr. Kapuana Ainuu and his wife Malulani Ainuu told...
New aerobridge at Faleolo International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the ceremonial remarks at the grand opening of new aerobridges and apron at Faleolo international airport, yesterday — Tuesday, 28, May 2019. The prime minister touted the project as one of the “most exceptional...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A district court judge in Samoa has granted bail for Malele Atofu, who is widely known as King Faipopo, but he's been forbidden from posting on social media. Arrested for a second time last Thursday, he faces 13 charges of making false and defamatory comments against the Prime...
Defendant outside the courtroom
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke has warned a male defendant from Anchorage, Alaska that if he misses another court appearance, he will be taken into custody. The defendant, Tafuna Tauialo, is accused of smuggling drugs, namely crystal methamphetamine, into the...

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