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In 2013, Samoa withdrew libel from its criminal law as a media reform initiative. But the change didn't last long. At the end of 2017, the parliament of the Polynesian island nation unanimously voted to revive its criminal libel law after Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it is...
The Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy allegedly killed in connection to a drug deal that turned sour. This was confirmed by the Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. The investigation, he said...
A woman and her estranged partner are fighting for their lives at the Moto’otua Hospital following a horrific stabbing in front of the National Bank of Samoa’s building in Apia this morning. Eyewitnesses say the man had an argument with his wife before he started stabbing her multiple times in...
Members of the Samoan Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) will present a petition to Parliament when it commences on 23 January 2018.  This was confirmed by S.S.I.G. member, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.  “We are appealing the same issue to repeal L.T.R....
Two police officers in the Northern Marianas under the direction of the Department of Corrections have escorted an alleged child molester Sean McDonnell back to Illinois in the US Mainland. The extradition was unique because normally Mr McDonnell would have been fetched from Saipan by officers...
Samoa's director general of health says he expects healthcare in Samoa to improve once the National Health Service and the Ministry of Health merge at the end of the month. The management of the two offices has been separate over the last ten years. The director general of health and head of the...
TUI SAMOA INTERNET CABLE OPERATION DELAYED  Samoa's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i, has revealed a delay in the start of operation for the country's new Tui Samoa submarine cable, which was scheduled to begin last month. The minister has told Radio 2AP...
AMATA WELCOMES OVER $2M HEALTH CARE GRANT FOR AMERICAN SAMOA Washington, D.C.  - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,321,000 federal grant for the American Samoa Department of Health, for the Pacific Basin Health Center Cluster program. “I appreciate this funding for...
The death toll from the dengue fever outbreak in Samoa has increased to five. The figure was confirmed by Samoa's Ministry of Health, which says the number of people affected by the mosquito-borne disease has increased from 1700 to 2446 since October. The Ministry said people under 19 were the age...
A fire in Samoa has destroyed Palalaua college in Siumu district just two weeks before the start of the school year. Police were not immediately available to comment on the fire but an officer at the head quarters of Fire and Rescue says fire trucks have been sent this afternoon from Apia as no...

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