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HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) — Samoa qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for a second time in their playoff on today. Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable. Germany was competitive at home, leading...
 Laulus' child
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Two children who died after being immunised in Samoa are suspected to have had a rare life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder. Their parents decided to speak publicly after media reports on their deaths after being given the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (...
Porita Taisia of Sapapalii, Savaii
Apia, SAMOA — Women have lost confidence in the Samoa public health system following the deaths of two toddlers in Savai’i last week. A mother and grandmother, Lipena Heremoni of Tulaele spoke to the Weekend Observer saying she has lost confidence in the services offered by the hospital.  “I have...
photo of a child being vaccinated
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Attorney General says efforts are being made to return the bodies of two babies who died suddenly last week to their families. The childrens' deaths soon after receiving the common MMR vaccine prompted the government to temporarily call off vaccination programmes. Lemalu...
 Faulalo Leti
Apia, SAMOA — The Methodist Church of Samoa says it fully supports a new law requiring church ministers to pay tax. The church's general secretary, Faulalo Leti, said its General Conference had opted to support the law. Reverend Leti said the church understands the taxes will be used to develop...
child receiving a vaccination
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has issued an immediate recall of the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) following the deaths of two infants who reportedly passed away just hours after receiving their shots. It’s reported by ABC Pacific Beat that the two children, boy and girl, were both aged about...
A look at Avoka, Faleula last week during the Methodist Women's Fellowship
Apia, SAMOA — The National Carrier was the airline of choice for many of the delegations from overseas for the Methodist Church’s annual conference which started with the Women’s Fellowship this week, particularly from Australia. Flights out of Sydney were full in the last couple of weeks, and this...
Samoa Airways logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is looking at purchasing a Twin Otter aircraft from China to expand the Samoa Airways fleet.   Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi travelled on a Samoa Airways-owned Twin Otter to the recent Polynesian Leaders Summit in Tuvalu, but it was a two-hour...
Apia, SAMOA — The Government will seize church ministers’ personal assets prior to taking them to Court if they continue to defy the new tax law.  The warning comes from the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, during an interview with Samoa Observer on the taxing of the alofa (offering)...
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Taiopo Faumuina
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s population did not increase in the last five years and is less than 200,000. This was revealed in the final phase of the census 2016 brief reports released recently by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics, which had statistics on the country’s education and economic characteristics...

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