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TAFA’IGATA BOUND: Lupematasila Tai’s home for the next few years. (Photo: File)
Apia, SAMOA — A 53-year-old-man who impregnated his friend’s 14-year-old daughter has been sentenced to jail.  Lupematasila Ta’i, a fisherman of Siufaga Falelatai, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa to be sentenced on eight counts of sexual connection with a girl who was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — People in American Samoa are eagerly anticipating this week's first taro shipment in two months from neighboring Samoa. The ban on Samoan taro exports to the territory was lifted this week after high level talks. Initially, American Samoa suspended the importation of...
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Upolu, SAMOA —  Coral reef coverage off the main Samoan island of Upolu sank to less than 10 per cent due to global warming and other local factors in the area, according to findings by researchers published in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin in April. Scientists participating in...
Faleolo International Airport  [photo: Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — Construction work on the Faleolo International Airport’s arrival area has now been completed. A grand ceremony is planned for this Thursday afternoon to officially open the airport’s terminals, which also includes the departure area that was opened in November last year.  Prime...
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Apia, SAMOA —  A 75-year-old woman of Fagali’i has become the latest road fatality in Samoa.  The deceased is the victim of an alleged hit and run incident on Friday night.  A 19-year-old man allegedly struck the elderly woman when she was crossing the road. The driver has since been found and...
The Central Bank of Samoa, in the capital Apia.  [photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins]
SAMOA'S FOREIGN DEBT REACHES BILLION TALA MARK Samoa's foreign debt reached the billion tala mark late last year according to a report. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports the Chinese government is the biggest debtor with loans to Samoa worth more than $US160 million. That's more than the...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is lifting its ban on taro exports to American Samoa next week, according to Minister of Agriculture Lopaoo Natanielu Mu'a, who imposed the temporary ban in late February. Lopaoo said Samoa had achieved remarkable results in negotiations with their American Samoan counterparts...
 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....
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...

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