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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...
stock photo of Samoa police van
Apia, SAMOA — Testimony from Frysna Rimoni, the victim in the attempted murder trial who was allegedly shot in the face by Peter Tulaga, spanned approximately four hours last Wednesday, taking up most of the time on day two of Tulaga's trial in the Supreme Court. Rimoni provided her evidence long...
uila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister says using teaching resources based on the works of the Scientology founder, Ron Hubbard, does not mean accepting his religious beliefs. Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi was responding to enquiries after the Samoa Observer reported last month that educational...
Apia, SAMOA — Despite an outdoor field venue drenched by two weeks of rain and a forecast calling for a 90 percent chance of more rainfall during the event, 10,000 people — 5 percent of the nation’s population — are expected to attend a devotional address here on Saturday night by President Russell...

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