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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...
Malua Jubilee church temple dedication.
Apia, SAMOA — Donations to Samoa's Congregational Christian Church from its members have increased by more than US$400,000. Samoa's largest church is currently in a bitter dispute with the government over its ministers' refusal to pay income tax, which has led to several pastors being brought...
Donna Meredith, center, stake facilitator for the Eat Healthy and Be Active program
Papeete, TAHITI— Her shortness of breath, the pain in her chest and the numbness in her left arm and leg worried Maruia Teamo enough that she hesitantly tried to prepare better meals for her family. Her husband hated it. So every time the 39-year-old mother made a healthier meal, she also made him...
Samoan language poster
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa Language Week in New Zealand is an opportunity for everyone to come together to help protect the stories, cultures and traditions our Pacific languages hold, for the benefit of future generations. “Language is the lens through which we understand and explain our...
The delegates leaving the conference room after the week-long conference
Apia SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) General Assembly has agreed to put aside ST$1 million talā for the legal fees of church ministers charge for not paying government taxes. The CCCS General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao who has been re-elected to the position...
GCF PMU with stakeholders of the GCF-VCP
Apia, SAMOA — Community leaders from the villages covered under the Green Climate Fund Vaisigano Catchment Project (GCF-VCP) came out in full force this week to show their support of the project, at a consultation led by the Ministry of Finance via the GCF-VCP Project Management Unit, PMU. Held at...
Mr. and Mrs. Pauga.
Lotopa, SAMOA — A 79-year-old man was attacked by a pig at Lotopa and had to be rushed by his family to the hospital. The family of Lotopa resident Toleafoa Kovana Pauga have confirmed he was attacked by a pig belonging to his neighbour when contacted by the Samoa Observer. The attack comes after...
Malietoa Fa'amausili Moli
Apia, SAMOA — A contempt of court charge against Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli and fifteen other chiefs of Malie has been dismissed.  The decision was handed down by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i on Friday evening. In her ruling, Judge Alalatoa said it is unfair to trial the accused on...
Convicted murderer Alatise Leafa
Apia, SAMOA — The man who was convicted of murdering a Cabinet minister, Alatise Leafa Vitale is claiming that he was threatened by a Probation Officer while in custody. Alatise was arrested for breaching his parole conditions and appeared before Judge Leota Raymond Schuster today. He entered a not...

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