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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...
Malele Paulo Atofu, known on social media as King Faipopo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan man Malele Atofu, also known on social media as King Faipopo, has been arrested and placed in police custody for the second time. His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, said his client is facing new charges of making a defamatory post on Facebook. Unasa is accusing the police of abuse...
 President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine, and President of the Federated States of Micronesia David Panuelo, US President Donal Trump and President of the Republic of Palau Tommy E. Remengesau
Washington, D.C. — Pacific analysts say a meeting between US President Donald Trump and the Freely Associated States has ignored climate change. The historic event on Tuesday with Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia renewed Washington's ties to the states. But a joint...
North Korean ambassador to the United Nations
United Nations, NEW YORK CITY — North Korean Ambassador to the UN, Kim Song held a rare news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, calling Washington's seizure of the North Korean cargo ship Wise Honest "unlawful". "The United States has committed an unlawful and...
stock photo of Samoa police van
Apia, SAMOA — Testimony from Frysna Rimoni, the victim in the attempted murder trial who was allegedly shot in the face by Peter Tulaga, spanned approximately four hours last Wednesday, taking up most of the time on day two of Tulaga's trial in the Supreme Court. Rimoni provided her evidence long...
Queen Salote
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Tonga's late Queen Sālote Tupou lll will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Pacific Music Awards in Auckland. The award will be posthumously presented at the 15th awards ceremony on Thursday. Queen Sālote ascended to the throne in 1918 when she...
 The Pacific delegation in Washington DC
Washington, D.C. — Much of China's planned investment in the Pacific region is unlikely to eventuate, a top US official says, downplaying regional security fears ahead of an historic meeting between President Trump and Pacific counterparts. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity during a...
uila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister says using teaching resources based on the works of the Scientology founder, Ron Hubbard, does not mean accepting his religious beliefs. Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi was responding to enquiries after the Samoa Observer reported last month that educational...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan researcher at Auckland University is looking at culturally appropriate diagnostic tools for Pacific people when it comes to dealing with the prevention of dementia. The World Health Organisation, which recently released new guidelines on how to prevent dementia and...
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi aiming to shoot an arrow
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi recently announced his intention to compete at this year’s Pacific Games in Apia. The declaration might appear out of the ordinary, but the 74-year-old previously achieved the feat when Samoa last hosted the Games in 2007....

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