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Apia, SAMOA — The use of Samoan plants as medicinal treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCD) could soon be scientifically proven and accepted for Samoans to use.  This was revealed in an interview with the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua.  As part of an initiative...
Talalelei Pauga and his legal team
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's district court has convicted Talalelei Pauga of making false declaration to his arrival card and ordered him to pay a fine of $US1200. Today's sentencing came after Pauga admitted the offence under Samoa's Immigration Act on Thursday. A police source revealed Pauga had...
 Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilapea Sailele Malielegaoi opens the Maoto Fono buidling
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has labelled as stupid, a decision to ban the media from filming Tuesday's parliament sitting. Talamua Media reported a press release, from the Office of the Clerk, informed media all video and still cameras are prohibited inside...
Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Talalelei Pauga, who won notoriety for throwing a pig's head at the Samoan prime minister, has pleaded guilty to an immigration offence. He had been accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January. Pauga had wrongly claimed he...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The speaker of Samoa's parliament has denied a motion for a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the Christchurch attacks. The member for Aleipata-itupa-i-lalo, Tafua Maluelue Tafua, called for a minute's silence during Tuesday's session alongside the prime minister's speech...
New Samoa Parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's national media organization has spoken out against new rules banning outside cameras from recording parliament. The Legislative Office informed local media of the new protocols before parliament resumed today. It said the media could have access to video and photos of the...
The Chief Executive Officer of MWTI Magele Hoe Viali.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has pulled out from a multilateral air services agreement and now prefers bilateral air services arrangements with trade partners.  Samoa was a member of the  Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) but exercised...
One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Transportation has granted the “emergency exemption” requested by Samoa-based Talofa Airways Limited, so it could continue flights in and out of American Samoa. Talofa Airways had last week requested the exemption after the Samoa government proposed...
 Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig's head at Samoa's prime minister has entered a not guilty plea on a charge over an alleged immigration offence. Talalelei Pauga is accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January The Samoa Observer said...
An artist impression of the Samoa Airways Boeing 737 Max 9
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has expressed safety concerns around the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft ahead of the national airline receiving the plane. Samoa Airways is scheduled to take deliver of the Max 9 in April. However, the Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has told...

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