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Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man known on social media as King Faipopo is facing new charges of making defamatory post on Facebook. Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social...
The Samoa police motorcade during the relocation of the prisoners to the new prison
Apia, SAMOA — Prisoners in Samoa have successfully been transferred from the old Tafa'igata facility to the new prison at Tanumalala. The $US6.8-million facility was opened by Samoa's prime minister on Friday and inmates were transferred on Saturday. The Samoa Observer reports that over 400...
A Samoan delegation led by Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour C.E.O. Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan delegation was part of the “Growing Our Food” trade show held recently at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Australia. The team is led by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) Chief Executive Officer Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, newly-appointed...
 ACEO of the Land Management Division with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE Manumaleuga Filisita Heathe
Apia, SAMOA — The government of Samoa is in the process of claiming back unused leased land for re-allocation to others on the waiting list. Letters have already been served to people leasing government land at Aleisa but not using  all the land. These people applied to lease 50 acres of land but...
Stock photo of reef shark
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries says a recent spate of shark sightings in and around Samoan waters is a positive sign for the fishery. According to Newsline Samoa acting chief executive of the Fisheries division, Magele Eteuati Ropeti, said the increased sightings were...
 Pacific Islander diong seasonal work in Hawke's Bay
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan officials say the expulsion of misbehaving seasonal workers from New Zealand, and the blacklisting of their villages in Samoa, is a one-off. The Samoan government said this week 10 workers had been sent back for various reasons including theft, adultery and smoking marijuana....
MV Nafanua departing Samoa for Australia
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will be without a patrol and rescue boat until September after its only dedicated vessel was returned to Australia. Police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said he was worried about an incident happening in the next four months. Newsline Samoa reported police have warned...
uns and bullets taken from a Police raid
Apia, SAMOA — Three people are already charged with the recent police raid of illegal guns at Faleula and Leauva’a, but there could be more as police continue with their investigations. Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, is concerned with the missing suspects and the threat they may pose to...
Chao Xiaoliang and PM Tuilaepa
Apia, SAMOA — With just over a fortnight left before the opening of the Pacific Games in Samoa a ceremony has been held in Faleata to mark China's handing over of a brand new multi-sport centre and the completion of refurbishment work on existing games venues. Speaking at the ceremony yesterday...
 Maxin who was lucky in the ballot
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Thousands of Pacific Islanders - including a quarter of Samoa’s population - are hoping for a new life through the annual visa lotteries. They are ready to wrench themselves from home for a New Zealand residence visa. But is the better life the ballot promises a reality?...

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