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Samoa Court building
Apai, SAMOA — The Samoa district court hearing into tax charges against 20 ordained ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has begun in Apia. According to Samoan media, lead counsel for the ministers, Alex Su'a, told the court it is the contention of the church that ministers...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man known on social media as King Faipopo is facing new charges of making defamatory post on Facebook. Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social...
Pacific Games logo
Apia, SAMOA — Schools of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa which were to perform in the Pacific Games Opening Ceremony next Sunday have pulled out. Over 300 students from Maluafou, Leulumoega and Papauta colleges have pulled out of an entertainment contingent featuring over 2000 students...
The Samoa police motorcade during the relocation of the prisoners to the new prison
Apia, SAMOA — Prisoners in Samoa have successfully been transferred from the old Tafa'igata facility to the new prison at Tanumalala. The $US6.8-million facility was opened by Samoa's prime minister on Friday and inmates were transferred on Saturday. The Samoa Observer reports that over 400...
A Samoan delegation led by Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour C.E.O. Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan delegation was part of the “Growing Our Food” trade show held recently at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Australia. The team is led by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) Chief Executive Officer Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, newly-appointed...
 ACEO of the Land Management Division with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE Manumaleuga Filisita Heathe
Apia, SAMOA — The government of Samoa is in the process of claiming back unused leased land for re-allocation to others on the waiting list. Letters have already been served to people leasing government land at Aleisa but not using  all the land. These people applied to lease 50 acres of land but...
Stock photo of reef shark
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries says a recent spate of shark sightings in and around Samoan waters is a positive sign for the fishery. According to Newsline Samoa acting chief executive of the Fisheries division, Magele Eteuati Ropeti, said the increased sightings were...
David and Michelle Paul
Nadi, FIJI — The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly showing interest in the sudden deaths of Texas couple David and Michelle Paul in Fiji. The Pauls were on a holiday when they died in the tourist town of Nadi. Michelle's father Mac Calanog told the Fiji Times an...
 Pacific Islander diong seasonal work in Hawke's Bay
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan officials say the expulsion of misbehaving seasonal workers from New Zealand, and the blacklisting of their villages in Samoa, is a one-off. The Samoan government said this week 10 workers had been sent back for various reasons including theft, adultery and smoking marijuana....
Nicholas and Natasha Dalton, with family lawyer Olinda Woodruffe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a mentally ill Kiwi man who died in suspicious circumstances in a Samoan prison has requested the coroner overseeing his inquest recuse himself. They have also raised concerns about a suppression order protecting the identity of a senior clinical psychiatrist...

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