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Leuea Loto is seen in a family photo.
DES MOINES, Wash. - Friends and family are gathering to remember a former student of Mount Rainier High School. Leuea Loto was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day during a pickup football game. Friends and family tell me their hearts are broken. The man was home from college for the holidays. While...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa surrounded by Samoans
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has forgiven the two suspects who verbally abused him in Brisbane, Australia early this month but the two will not be forgotten. “I have forgiven them but I will not forget them. “If by a long shot they are deported back home...
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A driver in a stolen ute who mowed down seven children and a mum waiting to cross a busy Victorian intersection has been labelled a danger to the community. Melbourne man Zhane Su'a, 22, was jailed on Friday after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges including five counts of...
Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hun
Apia, SAMOA — Eight church Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) have been charged for not filing their tax returns. Confirmed by the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, more Church Ministers could be charged in the coming weeks. “As of Wednesday this week,...
 An unseasonable storm hit the Marshall Islands in July 2015
Washington, D.C. — A new United States federal assessment on climate change shows that the economic, social and environmental effects in the US affiliated-islands of the Pacific could be catastrophic. The National Climate Assessment, which is the result of four years of collaboration by about 300...
 Luse Emo Tauvale (center)
Apia, SAMOA — The inquest in Samoa to determine why two one year old babies died after receiving the MMR injection has been stayed until the end of the trial of two nurses charged with their manslaughter. The two nurses, Leutogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tauvale, are accused over the deaths of the two...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is today marking 20 years since he became the country's leader. He is the longest serving prime minister in the Pacific region. In his weekly radio interview, Tuila'epa said doctors had reassured him he was in good health with a...
Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma, Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko and C.E.O. of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo.
Apia, SAMOA — Following a roundtable discussion on religion’s role in ending family violence, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu Maliko believes some church leaders are still in denial. The office of the Ombudsman alongside UN Women facilitated a panel-led public discussion on the matter, where following...
Samoa National Kidney Foundation will increase its dialysis units to 60 by next year
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa National Kidney Foundation will increase its dialysis units to 60 by next year to meet the projected increase in patients with late stage kidney failure. The Minster of Health Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama said the government had also approved the relocation of the Foundation to...
Apia, SAMOA — A 41-year-old Samoan man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to cultivating marijuana plants for sale. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson told Ulugia Sala Suivai of Vaiusu the penalties for drug sellers must be severe. Police said when they searched the defendant's home...

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