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 Chinese Ambassador in Samoa Wang Xuefeng and PM Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi at the presentation of 20 brand new Sedan vehicles for the Pacific Island Forum meeting to be hedl in Samoa next week. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — A top Chinese diplomat says the relationship between China and Samoa has become the model for Beijing's co-operation with Pacific Island countries. The assessment was given to a visiting Samoan parliamentary delegation by China's special envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum, Du Qiwen....
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA — A group of Tongans is preparing a petition which calls for the resignation of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The group, understood to contain both foreign based and local Tongans, has launched an online fundraiser in an effort to raise capital so they can promote their cause....
Pageant Contestants with reigning Miss Samoa Victoria Adele Faaosofia.
Williamstown, Victoria AUSTRALIA — The Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated has launched their pageant ‘The Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated Pageant 2018 – Faiva o alofi lima o tamaitai – The artistries of women. The launch was held last Saturday at the Dallas Brooks Primary School Hall where six...
Road washout at Moamoa Fou. [Samoa Observer]
Moamoa, SAMOA — Residents of Moamoa Fou are calling on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration for assistance. One of them, Tagaloa Ta’avale Masoe, said they desperately need help after the road there was washed away during Saturday’s flooding.  More than 70 families...
OPENING: Acting P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa opened the meeting. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — The continuing problem of Illicit Trade in Small Arms in the Pacific region was brought under the microscope in Apia last week. It happened during a regional Parliamentary Workshop on Mobilizing Parliamentarians to Advocate for Improved Compliance with the UN Programme of Action on...
[Hawaii News Now]
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 'security incident' involving credit and debit card processing systems was reported by Zippy's Restaurants on Friday, and the company has issued a warning that personal information – including customer names and card numbers – may have been compromised as a result. In a...
Pacific Climate Warriors re-focus for 2018: Brianna Fruean and Fenten Lutunatabua.  [courtesy photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Court Officers Mane Jr Su’a and Vili Matthes have been arrested and charged. Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo confirmed the arrest in response to questions from the Samoa Observer yesterday. The charges are in connection to a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine or...
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Minister and and Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau in a  2012 Samoa News file photo. [Samoa News]
Apia, SAMOA — The Acting Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has issued a very brief response to concerns expressed by the former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua, about customary lands and Samoa’s land laws. “He signed the law,” Fiame said.  “I don’t know what more to say other than I have...
San Diego, CA — AFT Holdings, Inc., this week announced its intent this year to withdraw its direct investment in the U.S. Flagged Ocean Global and Sea Global Fleet of Tuna Seiners. Going forward, the international investment group will focus its resources on its current portfolio of companies, as...
Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has described an incident involving a woman, who was stabbed by her estranged husband in public in broad daylight, as one of the "worst domestic violence cases" in the history of Samoa. The defendant, a 33-year-old man convicted of attempted...

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