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Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has asked China to assist with acquiring a robot to help combat drug trafficking from American Samoa. The Revenue Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt told the Samoa Observer newspaper the government has made the request to the Chinese government. Tialavea said the...
Samoa's parliament chamber
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Budget for the upcoming year, which was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, is expected to have an overall deficit of over $US32 million. This is despite an expected drop in government expenditures by 3.3 percent. Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti told Parliament the budget...
 Dr. Kapuana Ainuu holding Soga'i Online Taxi Stand sign
Apia, SAMOA — An all new innovative online taxi stand offering safe, professional services to and from anywhere in the country, has opened in Samoa. The Soga'i Online Taxi Stand based in Alafua has been in operation for exactly one month, owners Dr. Kapuana Ainuu and his wife Malulani Ainuu told...
New aerobridge at Faleolo International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the ceremonial remarks at the grand opening of new aerobridges and apron at Faleolo international airport, yesterday — Tuesday, 28, May 2019. The prime minister touted the project as one of the “most exceptional...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A district court judge in Samoa has granted bail for Malele Atofu, who is widely known as King Faipopo, but he's been forbidden from posting on social media. Arrested for a second time last Thursday, he faces 13 charges of making false and defamatory comments against the Prime...
Defendant outside the courtroom
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke has warned a male defendant from Anchorage, Alaska that if he misses another court appearance, he will be taken into custody. The defendant, Tafuna Tauialo, is accused of smuggling drugs, namely crystal methamphetamine, into the...
Malua Jubilee church temple dedication.
Apia, SAMOA — Donations to Samoa's Congregational Christian Church from its members have increased by more than US$400,000. Samoa's largest church is currently in a bitter dispute with the government over its ministers' refusal to pay income tax, which has led to several pastors being brought...
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...

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