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Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant has been located and his frantic mother, Denise Chapman, couldn’t be happier. It was Chapman who contacted Samoa News last month to report that her son, 28, departed Florida earlier this year in April — during Easter weekend — en route to...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and Vice Premier Hu Chunua at ava ceremony
On his first official visit to Samoa, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua and his high level delegation were welcomed to the country with an ava ceremony and a formal dinner at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel and Bungalows. Read more on the Samoa Observer website. Pictured during the ceremony are...
View of Apia, Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — China will seek to expand its economic and diplomatic influence in the South Pacific at a forum this weekend, amid growing concern from the US and its allies over Beijing’s push in the strategically important region. Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will lead the Chinese delegation at the...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Measles is very infectious. Symptoms include: fever cough runny nose sore and watery ‘pink eyes’ rash There are no cases yet in American Samoa but there is an outbreak in Samoa. If you’ve got any of these symptoms, or someone you know does, call 633-5871 or call your...
Fiame Naomi Mataafa and representatives of Ti'avea Village
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Government is pushing ahead with construction of a $US5 million airport at Ti'avea on Upolu island, although it will only be used for emergency landings. Fagali'i Airport would also continue to be used, but because of its close location to neighboring American Samoa, Ti'avea...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist church minister in Samoa is in police custody after he confessed to church leaders that he had raped a 16-year-old girl. The church's general secretary, the Reverend Eteuati Tuioti, said an internal investigation ended with the minister confessing to the rape. The minister...
A Samoa measles poster.[
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has confirmed a measles epidemic. Seven cases had been confirmed, and it said the death of a one-year-old last week was also likely to be because of measles. In a statement, Samoa's government said test results back from Australia showed two adults and five children...
Poster warns against the spread of measles.
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of a one-year-old has told media in Samoa that her son who was highly suspected of having measles has died. The boy had been confined for a week at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua isolation unit for patients suspected of having measles. He died on White...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — The principal of a secondary school in Samoa is under police investigation after allegedly using PVC piping to assault an 18-year-old student. The beating is alleged to have happened after the student posted a photograph of him and another student on social media wearing their school...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — The Attorney General's Office in Samoa is seeking a closed court hearing next year for the trial of two men accused of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. The issue was raised on Friday when one of the three suspects, who has pleaded guilty to two...

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