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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Apia, SAMOA — Despite an outdoor field venue drenched by two weeks of rain and a forecast calling for a 90 percent chance of more rainfall during the event, 10,000 people — 5 percent of the nation’s population — are expected to attend a devotional address here on Saturday night by President Russell...
Sharon Toetu with her fine mat and grandmother Telesia Televave (right) and mother Rosa Toetu
Apia, SAMOA— An 11 year old school girl of Nofoalii village, was the youngest to display the fine mat she worked on for 8 months at yesterday’s National & Exhibition of Fine Mats that kicked off the official activities to celebrate the national Mother’s Day. Sharon Toetu – a shy Year 7 student...
Peace Corps volunteers infron of Poutasi Village sign
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent a 13-member contingent to provide dental care in Samoa over the next two weeks. Major Philip Worthington, who is leading the NZDF contingent, said the programme, run in collaboration with Samoas Ministry …The New Zealand...
Sooau Vaa Brown and his wife Maylynn Brown
Apia, SAMOA —The father of a teenager in police custody at the Tafaigata prison is appealing to the Ombudsman’s Office to transfer his son from prison to the police holding cells in the Apia to await his appearance in Court. In a letter to the Ombudsman dated 3 May 2019, So’oau Va’a Brown said he...
Samoa acting chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's acting chief justice has highlighted the need for people charged with serious crimes to be informed of their right to legal aid. Vui Clarence Nelson declared a mistrial in the case of a woman who tried to defend herself because she could not afford a lawyer. Newsline Samoa...

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